Wildlife holidays in Borneo
Tell me about Borneo …
The Malaysian Province of Sabah in northern Borneo is a prosperous state with a good infrastructure and excellent national parks system. Kota Kinabalu is Sabah’s affluent capital.
The impressive Mount Kinabalu (4,101 metres) is the highest mountain between the Himalaya and New Guinea. Mount Kinabalu National Park was established in 1964 to protect the massif and its surrounding area.
Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to help once captive or displaced Orang-utans learn to fend for themselves back in the wild.
Our Borneo specialist recommends..
"If you are a primate fan, then the ‘Borneo’s Orang-utans’ tour could be for you. We explore the rainforests of Borneo in search of Orang-utans as well as other birds and mammals. For a birdwatching orientated holiday why not try our ‘Mount Kinabulu & the Rainforests of Borneo’."
What’s special about the wildlife?
Borneo is home to the oldest rainforests on Earth. The Danum Valley contains one of the last remaining tracts of primary lowland diptocarp forest and is renowned as one of the very best natural history sites in South-east Asia.
Sabah boasts over 200 species of mammal, 450 species of bird, over 8,000 plant species and a myriad of different insects!
A host of primates inhabits Borneo’s rainforests, the two best known being Orang-utan and Proboscis Monkey.
Sabah’s birdlife is as spectacular as it is diverse. Special species to see include: Bornean Bristlehead, Storm’s Stork, Philippine Scrubfowl, Rhinoceros Hornbill and Whitehead’s Broadbill, plus Bornean and Black-throated Wren-babbler.
Naturetrek Tours to Borneo
We offer three holidays to Borneo: a 21-day bird watching tour to Sabah’s lowland and montane forests, an 11-day holiday focusing on Orang-utans; a bargain bird watching tour to Sabah.
Can I see Orang-utans?
Our 11-day ‘Borneo’s Orang-utans’ holiday, run in conjunction with the wildlife charity Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), includes a visit to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. Orang-utans are the principal focus of this holiday, but we will also enjoy many other wildlife highlights.
In addition, we are likely to see Orang-utans on all three of our wildlife holidays to Borneo.
What wildlife might I see?
- We’ll look for a host of bird species including hornbills, wren-babblers, frogmouths, trogons, pittas & broadbills
- Many primates inhabit Sabah, such as Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, gibbons, langurs & leaf monkeys
- Other mammals include elephant, Banteng & flying squirrels
- Plants such as Rafflesia & pitcher plants, plus some of the largest & most spectacular rainforest trees in the world
- Our bargain bird watching holiday goes in search of the colourful avifauna of Borneo’s tropical forests & includes an optional extension to Mount Kinabalu National Park
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Borneo HOLIDAYS
The wildlife watching was extraordinary and exceeded my expectations.
Haswan clearly had outstanding knowledge and experience of the Bornean avifauna and was dedicated to finding and showing as many species as possible to his clients.
Terry did an excellent job of managing the very varied interests and physical abilities of this group, with patience and good humour. As a mammalogist, I very much appreciated his excellent spot-lighting skills which helped to maximise the number of mammals we saw on this trip. As a lone traveller, I am grateful for his company between scheduled activities and as a fellow biologist enjoyed sharing our wildlife experiences of other countries.
The overall tour leader, Hamit, was better than very good, not only with his encyclopaedic knowledge, but always helpful.
I thought the local guide Hazwan Suban excellent; he knew the bird and mammal species, could identify them on the spot, and could pick them out with his scope to show their details - a very good guide with the advantage of having local knowledge. The three locations where we stayed provided a range of habitats and kept interest levels high. The Orang-utans, the bat cave and exploring the jungle from the river were star attractions, but Danum Valley outclassed them all - undamaged jungle, the canopy walk, the numbers of mammals, birds, and sundry lizards and snakes, and the fact that what we could see was just as it had been for hundreds of years.