6This is a very short tour of Sabah in northern Borneo which is part of Malaysia. It takes you to the Kinabalu National Park where you can see majestic Mt Kinabalu so close it seems to be touchable from where you are. The trip goes to Poring Hotspring just outside the national park and to Ranau and Kundasang. Then a short flight lands us in Sandakan made famous by Agnes Keith's wartime novel from where we travel to experience the sanctuary for orang-utans in Sepilok and immerse ourselves in the thick equatorial rainforest of Sukau-Kinabatangan looking for wildlife. The adventure heightens with a Sunday visit to the Tamu in Kota Belud where ethnic communities gather to buy and sell, and peaks with an experience of the Rungus longhouse in Kudat, the northernmost point of North Borneo.

 Route: Koto Kinabalu, Kinabalu National Park, KNP, Sandakan, Kinabatangan and Kudat

 

check16Inclusive:

• 6 nights in stated hotels with daily breakfast
• All tour as stated and transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
• Boat on the Kinabatangan River
• 1 lunch & 1 dinner in Sukau
• Services of English-speaking guide.

stop16Exclusive:

• Airfares and airport taxes
• Meals of other lunches & dinners
• Drinks and expenses of a personal nature
• Use of hotel minibar, laundry, phone-calls, etc.
• Travel insurance
• Tips to guide and driver.

 

noteItinerary:

Day 1: KOTA KINABALU ARRIVAL

Fly into Kota Kinabalu, meet at airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Jessleton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu.

Day 2: K. KINABALU - KINABALU NATIONAL PARK (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for the Kinabalu National Park. Meet Dusun (Kadazan) people in their highland market, see Mt Kinabalu from the national park headquarters, visit the herbal garden. Go to Poring Hotspring and do the "canopy walk", soak in the sulphurous baths at the hotspring. Go to Ranau to see the Dusun people in their village. More views of Mt Kinabalu.
Overnight in Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort, Ranau or Celyn Hotel in Kundasang.

Day 3: KNP - SANDAKAN (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for the flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to Sepilok to visit the Orang Utan Sanctuary. Then go across the river to the Gomantong Caves home to thousands of swiftlets whose saliva rejuvernates old and flagging men and make the bird's-nest trader rich. Return to Sandakan. Tour Sandakan that Agnes Keith made well-known in her war-time book, "Land below the Wind".
Overnight at Sandakan Hotel or similar, Sandakan.

Day 4: SANDAKAN - KINABATANGAN (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion into the rainforest of the Kinabatangan. Live a day and spend a night in the wilds of Borneo. In the evening go on a boat on the Kinabatangan River in search of the proboscis monkeys and other wild life that teems the Kinabatangan in the late afternoon/early evening. Do a jungle walk at night if you like.
Overnight at the Borneo Nature Lodge, Sukau, Kinabatangan.

Day 5: KINABATANGAN - SANDAKAN - KOTA KINABALU (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the early morning wake up to the sounds of the jungle - the calls of birds, the sonorous hooting of hornbills, the whooping of gibbons, and other jungle sounds. If the ground is not wet with rain you might like to walk along a trail to be enveloped by the equatorial jungle. Then we transfer back to Sandakan airport to board the flight to Kota Kinabalu. At K.K. airport, meet and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu.

Day 6: K. KINABALU - Tamu at Kota Belud - KUDAT (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Kota Belud to attend the Sunday Tamu in Bajau country where once a week the ethnic groups of Dusun-Kadazan, Rungus, Malay, Chinese, Murut including the Bajaus on their ponies come to market. I's a colourful affairs seen in the festive air and traditional clothings of the various ethnic peoples at the Tamu. Proceed north to the Rungus longhouse in Kudat. See the Rungus people in their natural habitat. You will be made welcome with a ceremonial dance and a drink of their rice wine at the longhouse.
Overnight at Kudat Golf & Marina Resort, Kudat.

Day 7: KUDAT - KOTA KINABALU (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Flight back to Kota Kinabalu to connect with your flight to Kuala Lumpur.

End of Programme