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Day 1: Arrive in Kuching
Arrival in Kuching, where you are met at the airport and transferred to our comfortable hotel on the waterfront. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore Kuching.
Day 2: Sarawak Cultural Village
After breakfast, we take a morning tour of the Sarawak Cultural Village. Here, we learn about and experience the seven major cultures of Sarawak.
Day 3: Lemanak River Safari
A morning departure for a 3 day/2 night river safari to the Lemanak River, deep in the interior of Sarawak. We begin by road and continue our journey up-river by native longboat. Along the river, people of the Iban tribe live in traditional longhouses.
Day 4: Journey to Iban Culture
This morning we take a guided hike to learn about tribal life: how they hunt, fish, practice agriculture, pray and educate themselves. Spend a wonderful afternoon and evening with the families of Ngemah longhouse. Witness and participate in their daily chores. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the Iban culture.
Day 5: River Safari
Following breakfast, bid goodbye to your Iban hosts and begin the journey to Kuching. Travel downstream by longboat to the river jetty, where we change our mode of transportation and continue by vehicle to the city. Arrive back in Kuching for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Explore Colonial Kuching
A full day of exploring Kuching, one of East Malaysia's most beautiful and interesting cities. Located on the banks of the Sarawak River, Kuching was the center of the White Rajah dynasty which ruled Sarawak until 1945 when the state became a British Crown Colony.
Day 7: To Mulu National Park
We depart Kuching for Mulu by air via Miri. We then transfer to our lodge, located at the edge of the renowned Mulu National Park.
Day 8: Mulu National Park - Lang and Deer Caves
We travel by foot to Lang Cave and Deer Cave - home to the world's largest cave passages. There are two huge entrances at either side of the mountain leaving most of the one-mile passage illuminated by daylight.
Day 9: Mulu National Park - Moonmilk and Clearwater Caves
After breakfast, we begin an hour trip by longboat to Wind Cave, Moonmilk Cave and the spectacular Clearwater Cave, with over 60 miles of passageways.
Day 10: To Kota Kinabalu
A morning departure from our lodge takes us to Mulu airport to connect with our flight to Kota Kinabalu, in the province of Sabah. We arrive in the late afternoon and settle into our hotel for the next two nights.
Day 11: Islands of Gaya and Manukan
We spend the day exploring the tropical island parks of Gaya and Manukan located just off the coast. We explore the jungle trails and learn about the unique medicinal plants, tropical hardwood trees, coastal vegetation and the ecology of the mangrove forest.
Day 12: Kinabalu National Park - Poring Hot Springs
We leave Kota Kinabalu and drive to our lodge, located near Kinabalu National Park. The focal point of this park is Mount Kinabalu, the highest point in Southeast Asia, rising over 13,000 feet. Enroute, we have a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to savour local fruits in season. Next, we visit Poring Hot Springs and the 100 feet high Canopy Boardwalk for a unique view of bird and animal life. After lunch, we visit Kipungit Waterfall and soak in the hot sulphur pools before we return to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 13: Kinabalu National Park, Kundasang War Memorial
After breakfast, we visit the Kundasang War Memorial Park to learn about Sabah's WWII history and for great photos with the majestic Mount Kinabalu (if weather permits). Next, we proceed to the Education Centre and Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. If weather permits, take aguided walk on one of the trails to explore the cool montane forest. Return to Kota Kinabalu after lunch. In the evening, we have our dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 14: Fly to Sandakan, Boat to Selingan 'Turtle' Island
After an early breakfast fly to Sandakan where we transfer to a boat for the trip to Selingan Island, also known as Turtle Island. The afternoon is free to explore the island, with opportunities to swim and snorkel.
Day 15: Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
This morning we will transfer back to Sandakan where we drive to Sepilok, the largest orangutan sanctuary in the world. Here, we can see adolescents, adults and babies in their natural habitat, the tropical rainforest. During the morning feeding, we witness orangutans converging on the platform for a meal of bananas and milk.
Day 16: Kinabatangan River Wildlife
This morning we explore the ox-bow lake and the tremendous rainforest that surrounds it. In this area, there are Macaque monkeys and many species of birds, including the White-bellied sea eagle and the Rhinoceros hornbill. A herd of elephants also roam here, seen numerous times by our groups. In the afternoon, we enjoy another river cruise with more great wildlife viewing opportunities.
Day 17: Gomantong caves, to Sandakan
After breakfast we return to Sandakan with a chance to visit the Gomantong caves. Time permitting, we have a tour of Sandakan including the market, Agnes Keith Museum and Australian War Memorial.
Day 18: To Kota Kinabalu
An early morning flight takes us back to Kota Kinabalu for homeward international flights, or to join our Danum Valley extension.
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