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A baby orangutan in the wild

Orangutans & islands of Borneo

15 days from £3,440pp

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Tour highlights

  • Wander the backstreets and enjoy a riverside stroll in the colonial city of Kuching.

  • Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Iban tribe as you overnight in a traditional longhouse located on the banks of a river in the middle of the jungle.

  • Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you will see the work being done to rehabilitate rescued orangutan.

  • Relax on tropical Gaya, a rainforest covered island off Kota Kinabalu.

  • Take a boat through the jungle covered backwaters of the Kinabatangan River.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kuching.

  • Arriving in Kuching, you'll meet an Audley representative before being taken to your hotel by private transfer, with the rest of the day at leisure. You might like to head to Jalan Ban Hock, known locally as "new town", with a hub of vibrant local restaurants and street stalls.

  • Explore Kuching on a private guided walking tour of this quaint riverside city. Your guide can show you the temple and churches as well as Fort Margherita and the stately Istana Palace. The Sarawak Museum is particularly fascinating, with an extensive collection of tribal artefacts and a recreated longhouse. The rest of the day is free to explore or simply relax. You might like to visit Chinatown, which has many bright temples, markets, and restaurants.

  • Today, you will journey by land and boat to Bako National Park, enjoying some light trekking before having a home-hosted lunch in Bako Village.

  • Drive to the Lemanak River today, stopping at Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary for feeding time, a traditional market in Serian, a pepper farm and a local restaurant on the way. Accompanied by a private guide, it's a great way to explore the local area. The final 40 minutes of your journey are on the river by longboat. This journey takes most of the day, arriving at the longhouse between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. You'll be welcomed with a traditional meal upon arrival at the Iban longhouse. The family are keen to teach you their local customs, performing dances and music before bed.

  • After breakfast your private guide takes you on a nature trail in the area surrounding the longhouse. See a blowpipe demonstration, which you are welcome to try for yourself. Lunch is served on the riverbank where you also have the chance for a swim. You will then retrace your steps back to Kuching with your guide, with a final night to enjoy the ambience and great food.

  • This morning drive to the airport by private transfer to catch your short flight to Sandakan, with a short connection in Kota Kinabalu. On arrival in Sandakan, you'll be met by an Audley representative and driven by a private transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort in time for dinner.

  • Enter Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre this morning to see the 10.00am orangutan feeding as part of a small group tour. After this, head into the jungle with a journey up the Kinabatangan River and on to your riverside lodge. The boat journey takes about an hour, accompanied by a guide and other lodge guests. Once you are checked in, head out onto the river for an afternoon cruise with a small group of fellow guests. Your guide will help you spot some of the wildlife that is so prevalent in the area — you may see proboscis monkeys, orangutans and pygmy elephants. Your excursions whilst at the lodge are part of a small group of fellow guests, but if you prefer private excursions instead, we can arrange this for you. All meals are included during your stay.

  • Rise early for a second trip on the river and the chance to visit the nearby oxbow lake. The early morning is one of the best times of the day to spot wildlife. Breakfast is served back at the lodge. You have free time back at the lodge to catch up on some sleep or for the more energetic, take the jungle boardwalk trails around the lodge. Lunch is served at the lodge. Enjoy a final trip on the river this afternoon and try to tick some more animals off your list before a final dinner at your lodge.

  • After breakfast travel back to Sandakan by boat to transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu with a small group of hotel guests. On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you'll be met and transferred to the dock to catch your 25-minute shared speedboat to the tropical Gaya Island.

  • Today you are free to relax or explore the island. You might like to take a guided nature walk through the dipterocarp forest which surrounds the hotel with the resort's resident naturalist, with the opportunity to spot flying squirrels, proboscis monkeys and other wildlife.

  • Today is free to relax. Located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Gaya Island Resort is surrounded by a vibrant array of marine life. On your free day today, you might like to visit the hotel's Marine Centre which focuses on turtle rescue and coral conservation. You can hire snorkelling equipment from the hotel's reception to explore the coral yourself or book a guided snorkelling excursion with an experienced guide.

  • A final day on Gaya Island today. A variety of excursions are available to book through the hotel, including a guided kayak through the surrounding mangrove forests or a private deep-sea fishing lesson.

  • This morning, catch a shared speedboat transfer back to Kota Kinabalu, where you're met and driven to the airport for your onward flights.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Kota Kinabalu
Kinabatangan River
Gaya Island

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