The jungles of Borneo are full of surprises. Begin in Sarawak enjoying the charming riverside capital, Kuching, before heading inland to meet the infamous headhunter tribes. In Sabah, discover an incredible diversity of wildlife along peaceful backwaters and on private trekking expeditions. Finish among tropical islands and kaleidoscopic reefs.


  • The best wildlife spotting in Southeast Asia, including several chances to meet orang-utan.
  • Immersing yourself in the lifestyle of the Iban Headhunter tribes.
  • Diving with turtles, sharks and rays around Sipadan.
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Kuching

    Land in Kuching today and meet your guide before settling in to your hotel.

    Overnight: Pullman Kuching

  3. Day 2 Sarawak

    Spend the day exploring the peaceful riverside capital of Sarawak. To the east you will walk through lively open-air markets, taking in sights and smells from across Asia. The west of the city offers a stark contrast and underlines the previous power of the Brooke Dynasty (White Rajahs). Highlights of colonial architecture include the Brooke Memorial Monument, Old Court House and Post Office before a visit to the Sarawak Museum introduces the wildlife of Borneo.

    Overnight: Pullman Kuching

  4. Day 3 Bako National Park

    Travel by car and boat to the coastal mangrove forests of Bako National Park, where inhabitants include proboscis monkey, silver langur, flying squirrel and over 150 species of birds.

    Overnight: Pullman Kuching

  5. Day 4 Semenggok - Iban Headhunters

    Take in the morning feeding session at Semenggok Orang-utan Santuary before journeying into the heart of Sarawak to meet the Iban Headhunters. Your time here will give a genuine insight into the traditional lives of an ancient tribe and take you back to basics.

    Overnight: Ngemah Longhouse

  6. Day 5 Sarawak

    After a morning which might include trekking or hunting techniques you will transfer to the peaceful Batang Ai reservoir to appreciate a few more creature comforts and beautiful natural surroundings.

    Overnight: Batang Ai Hilton

  7. Day 6 Kota Kinabalu

    Return to Kuching and fly to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah.

    Overnight: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru

  8. Day 7 Kota Kinabalu

    At leisure to catch your breath before the next adventure.

    Overnight: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru

  9. Day 8 Sandakan

    Fly to Sandakan for the morning feeding session at Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary. Cruise out in to the Sulu Sea and then upstream on the Kinabatangan River, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife as you travel towards your remote jungle lodge. This area offers frequent sightings of hornbill and wild orang-utan, before the fire flies come out at night.

    Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge

  10. Day 9 Abai Jungle Lodge - Sukau

    Early morning is a great time to spot wildlife and you might like to join in with a tree planting project before moving further upstream to the village of Sukau.

    Overnight: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

  11. Day 10 Sukau

    The surrounding tributaries and ox-bow lakes are home to herds of Bornean pygmy elephant, crocodile and clouded leopard.

    Overnight: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

  12. Day 11 Danum Valley

    Leave the river behind and travel by road to the remote Danum Valley, one of the few remaining areas of primary rainforest in Borneo. Search out nocturnal species on a night drive.

    Overnight: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

  13. Day 12 Danum Valley

    Come face-to-face with the gibbons on canopy walkways, trek between waterfalls and remote burial sites and then cool off in a natural 'jacuzzi pool'.

    Overnight: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

  14. Day 13 Kapalai

    Leave the rainforest behind as you travel to the coast and zip across the Celebes Sea to Kapalai.

    Overnight: Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

  15. Day 14 - 16 Kapalai

    The Kapalai Dive Package includes three daily dives and you are surrounded by some of the best dive sites in Southeast Asia, if not the world. Over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species wait to be discovered. Highlights include manta rays, whale sharks and hammerhead sharks as well as both green and hawksbill turtles.

    Overnight: Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

  16. Day 17 Depart

    Return to the mainland and transfer to Tawau to fly home.

  17. Depart


Low £ 4,420 $ 6,179 € 5,287
Mid £ 5,440 $ 7,605 € 6,507
High £ 7,650 $ 10,695 € 9,150


  • Based on two people sharing a double/twin room throughout.


  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.


  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.

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