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Best of Borneo
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12 days

from $3,759 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

Max 16

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Join an amphibian expert for an evening nature walk in Kubah National Park.
  • Explore jungle waterways by longboat, and seek out nocturnal wildlife of the rain forest on nighttime walks and safaris.
  • Get a glimpse into rural Bornean life during a visit to a Bidayuh village.
  • Hear from a conservationist at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
Itinerary

Connect with your inner animal on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus; encounter the orangutans of Matang; set off on a river cruise in search of elusive Bornean pygmy elephants; and discover the Lipad mud volcano, a mineral salt lick for local wildlife.

Day 1: Kuching

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Kuching

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bidayuh tribal village, a thriving rural community which is home to one of the few remaining traditional Bidayuh longhouses in Sarawak. The Bidayuh (or Land Dayak) are the second largest indigenous tribe in Sarawak and we spend the day learning about their culture, history, and contemporary life. With our local guide, explore the old longhouse and village, walk through the farmlands, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Return to Kuching in the evening.

Day 3: Kuching

In the morning, embark on a cruise down the Santubong River. Take in the mangrove scenery and keep an eye out for rare Irrawaddy dolphins. After a free afternoon, join an amphibian expert for an evening nature walk in Kubah National Park. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the jungle at nightfall and search out a wide variety of frog species, including the newly discovered Kubah narrow-mouthed frog — one of the smallest frogs in the world.

Day 4: Kuching/Gunung Mulu National Park

Catch a flight and transfer to our hotel near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park, known for its lush rainforest and impressive cave systems. Take a night walk with our local guide to search out nocturnal wildlife; watch for blinking fireflies and luminescent fungi.

Day 5: Gunung Mulu National Park

Board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to a Penan Village for a short visit. Continue our exploration, to the Wind Cave, noting the rock calcite formations and cool breeze of the Kings Chamber. After, climb up the steps to reach the stunning underground river in Clearwater Cave. Take a dip in the cool waters and enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest at Clearwater Springs. This afternoon, enjoy a walk through the rainforest to the Lang and Deer Caves. Marvel at Lang's stunning stalagmites and stalactites, and be awed by Deer Cave — the largest cave passage in the world and home to an estimated 2 to 3 million bats.

Day 6: Gunung Mulu National Park/Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the rainforest and opt to take a canopy walk. This afternoon, catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 7: Kota Kinabalu/Sungai Kinabatangan

Catch an early morning flight to Sandakan and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and enjoy a talk on the bears and the conservation efforts to protect them. After, transfer by private vehicle to our lodge and enjoy a wildlife cruise and night walk.

Day 8: Kampung Bilit

Enjoy wildlife excursions on foot and by boat with local guides and naturalists into the jungle. Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of birds and wildlife, keeping your eyes open for one of Borneo's seven primate species, including the proboscis monkey and orangutan, as well pygmy elephants. Also enjoy a hike to an oxbow lake.

Day 9: Kampung Bilit/Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Drive to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and check into our rainforest lodge. Then enjoy a hike along an elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After dinner, enjoy a night safari and look out for nocturnal wildlife.

Day 10: Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Spend the day exploring the Tabin Wildlife Reserve with local guides. Enjoy an early morning bird walk, searching out some of the 300 species of birds in the area. After breakfast, drive to the main wildlife-spotting area. Later, trek through the lush green rainforest, known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species, to the Lipad Waterfall. Relax and take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall. In the late afternoon, take a wildlife drive and if we're lucky, catch a glimpse of one of the two largest mammals of Sabah — the Borneo Pygmy Elephant and the Tembadau. Nine species of primate are present in the park, as well as three species of cats, all of which are on the protected wildlife list. This evening, take a night walk in search of sleeping birds, frogs, and insects.

Day 11: Tabin Wildlife Reserve/Kota Kinabalu

Spend the morning at leisure before catching a flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy some free time to explore.

Day 12: Kota Kinabalu

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 03 Nov 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 08 Dec 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,828 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,839 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Mar 2020 - 02 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,248 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 May 2020 - 14 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 May 2020 - 28 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Jun 2020 - 25 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Jul 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Jul 2020 - 06 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Aug 2020 - 27 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2020 - 24 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Oct 2020 - 22 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,248 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 19 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,248 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Dec 2020 - 17 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,248 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Jan 2021 - 14 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,248 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Mar 2021 - 01 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $4,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,248 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), Lodge (4 nts)
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, plane, boat, hiking.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Nature Walk in Kubah National Park, Kuching
  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to a Bidayuh Tribal Village
  • Santubong River wildlife and dolphin cruise
  • Night walk in Mulu National Park
  • Boat excursion to Wind and Clearwater Caves
  • Walking excursion to Deer and Lang Caves
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River and wildlife excursions on foot and boat
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve excursions by jeep and on foot
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $5,128

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.