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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. The village is a unique “living museum’ on a sprawling 17 acre site. It has seven representative ethnic houses with natives residing and making handicrafts. A trip here will enable you to gain a comprehensive insight into colourful traditions and cultures of the various races in Sarawak. Watch daily live performances highlighting the many vibrant dances of the people of Sarawak.
Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: Mulu National Park - Lang and Deer Caves
We have the morning at leisure to enjoy the lodge. In the afternoon we travel by foot (3km) 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 6: Mulu National Park - Moonmilk and Clearwater Caves
We depart by a long boat going up river to Wind Cave via Penan settlement. We visit the settlement and observe the lifestyle of this tribe. We also visit Wind Cave and explore the limestone formation of this unique eco system. We continue the journey by plank walk to Clearwater Cave where more interesting stone formation can be seen. Afterwards we will enjoy a picnic lunch at Clearwater summer huts.
Day 7: 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 8: Islands of Gaya and Mamutik
We spend the day exploring the tropical island parks of Gaya and Mamutik, located just off the coast. We explore the jungle trails by foot and learn about the unique medicinal plants, tropical hardwood trees, coastal vegetation and the ecology of the mangrove forest.
Day 9: Kinabalu National Park - Poring Hot Springs
Today we drive overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu. We make a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to sample local fruits in season and to stretch our legs. We then continue the drive to Poring, east of Kinabalu Park HQ, to walk amidst tropical lowland rainforests leading up to the treetop canopy walkways. Enjoy lunch, before visiting the Kipungit Waterfall, stopping for a soak here or in the rejuvenating hot sulphur public pools. If the weather permits, treat your foot to a delightful but very ticklish fish massage at the Moroli River in Luanti, which will almost certainly leave you in giggles.
Day 10: 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). Thereafter, we proceed to the Kinabalu Natural History Gallery and Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. If weather permits, take a guided walk on one of the trails to explore the cool montane forest. Return to Kota Kinabalu after lunch.
Day 11: Fly to Danum Valley
Today we fly to the Danum Valley, with its ancient tropical forest, it is an ecological paradise.
Day 12: Danum Valley
We will have a chance to continue our exploration of the incredible flora and fauna that this area is known for. Be on the lookout for the rare Wallace flying frog, soft-shelled turtles, skinks, vipers and unique birds and butterflies. The area is home to more than 120 species of mammals including the 10 species of primates, notably the orangutan, and due in part to minimal hunting pressure, is particularly rich in other large mammals including the Bornean pygmy elephant, banteng, Malayan sun bear, clouded leopard, bearded pig and five species of deer. Danum Valley also provides one of the last refuges in Sabah for the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros. We visit Tembaling Waterfall and where you can take a refreshing swim in the cold, unpolluted rainforest stream.
Day 13: Danum Valley, Fly to Sandakan
Depending on our flight schedule we may have additional opportunities to explore the biodiversity in the region. We will then fly to Sandakan for our overnight before departing for Seligan in the morning.
Day 14: Boat to Selingan 'Turtle' Island
After an early breakfast, we drive to our 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. Afterwards, we visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear.
Day 16: Kinabatangan River Wildlife
Early 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. Trek 20 minutes through the rainforest to the cave entrance. Our guide will brief us on the cave faunas including bats, swiftlets and crabs among others and their contribution to maintaining a balanced ecology and significance to the local economy. Tonight we enjoy our Farewell Dinner.
Day 18: To Kota Kinabalu
An early morning flight takes us back to Kota Kinabalu for homeward international flights. Please check with ElderTreks regarding the domestic flight times before booking your international departure.
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