Borneo - Into the Heart of the Rainforest

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• Lemanak River safari
• Tribal Iban Culture & Adventure
• Mulu National Park and Caves
• Kinabalu National Park / Hot Spring
• Rainforest Canopy Walk
• Orangutan sanctuary
• Kinabatangan River & Wildlife

Fact File

• 18 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Kuching, finish in Kota Kinabalu
• All meals included
• Includes 6 internal flights
• Activity Level: 3


The jungles of Borneo have evolved over 100 million years. They are the oldest on earth and provide a unique opportunity to experience an ancient ecosystem along with the tribal cultures that inhabit them. A rugged land of caves, peaks, rivers and forests, Borneo is an irresistible paradise for adventure travelers.

Beginning in the old colonial city of Kuching, we head into the interior on our longboat adventure on the Lemanak River. Traveling upriver, we visit the tribal Iban, who have lived in their communal longhouses in the jungle for thousands of years.

We continue our jungle experience by flying to world-renowned Mulu National Park. Here, we explore the world's largest cave passage and oldest rainforests from the base of our comfortable lodge. We fly to Sabah in the far north of Borneo, where we enjoy easy hikes at the base of Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Mt. Kinabalu houses celebrated biological diversity, including the rafflesia, the world's largest flower.

We visit the tropical islands of Gaya and Manukan. Traveling via Sandakan, we take a boat to Selingan Island to observe sea turtles come ashore nightly to lay their eggs.

At the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, we arrive in time for the orphan orangutans' afternoon feeding. The tour winds down on the tranquil Kinabatangan River, where we go on a river safari in search of proboscis monkeys, hornbills and wild elephants.

Further Reading

Malaysia with Eldertreks

FROM: $5495 USD



Comfortable hotels/lodges with private washrooms. Features 2 nights in a tribal longhouse with shared bathroom. Single accommodation not available in longhouse.

Comfort notes

Some rough roads and travel on traditional boats.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kuching
Day 2: Sarawak Cultural Village
Day 3: Lemanak River Safari
Day 4: Journey to Iban Culture
Day 5: River Safari
Day 6: Explore Colonial Kuching
Day 7: To Mulu National Park
Day 8: Mulu National Park - Lang and Deer Caves
Day 9: Mulu National Park - Moonmilk and Clearwater Caves
Day 10: To Kota Kinabalu
Day 11: Islands of Gaya and Mamutik
Day 12: Kinabalu National Park - Poring Hot Springs
Day 13: Kinabalu National Park, Kundasang War Memorial
Day 14: Fly to Sandakan, Boat to Selingan 'Turtle' Island
Day 15: Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
Day 16: Kinabatangan River Wildlife
Day 17: Gomantong caves, to Sandakan
Day 18: To Kota Kinabalu
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