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Day 1 to 1 – Arrive Kota Kinabalu

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.

Sabah’s lively capital city, Kota Kinabalu (or KK as it is affectionately known) is best-known as a starting point for various adventures and wildlife excursions, but also offers its own beguiling array of attractions as well. The cultural diversity of the city ensures intriguing culinary offerings and there are countless museums, temples, parks and markets to wander. The city is home to The Sabah State Museum, a large complex that is also home to the Science and Technology Centre, the Ethnobotanical Gardens and the Heritage Village. The Monsopiad Cultural Village (Kampung Monsopiad) features cultural shows related to the Kadazan-Dusun culture, and is well worth a visit. The Padang Merdeka or ‚Town Field‘ is also worth a visit – it is the site where the declaration of Sabah’s independence took place on 16 September 1963.

You can enjoy a number of optional excursions to explore the jungle and island scenery surrounding KK. For example, you can do a full or half day kayaking tour around the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a cluster of beautiful tropical islands off the shore of Kota Kinabalu that offer spectacular opportunities for snorkelling and swimming in crystal-clear waters.

Optional Excursions: Sabah State Museum – MYR 15 • Full day rafting grade 3-4 – MYR 210 • Half day rafting grade 1-2 – MYR 120 • 2 hour sunset/sunrise bike ride – MYR 100-150 • Full day visit to a tribal village – MYR 350 • Mari Mari Cultural village – MYR 160 • Proboscis Monkey and fireflies river boat trip – MYR 160 • Tunku Abdul Rahman Park kayaking trip around the islands half day/full day – MYR 170/220 • Half-day cooking course – MYR 50 • Crocker Range National Park day trip – MYR 400 • Gayana Island Marine Eco Resort educational talk and snorkelling – MYR 360 • Full day bike tour – MYR 60-80
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 to 2 – Mt Kinabalu World Heritage Site

Dominated by Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea, the Mt Kinabalu World Heritage Site has a range of diverse habitats that are perfect for exploring on foot, from sub-alpine forest to rich tropical lowland. The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with between 5000 and 6000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified. Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants. This is the largest flower in the world, which also happens to emit the stench of rotting flesh to attract the flies that spread its pollen. From here you can also visit the Poring hot springs.

We will also stop at the Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens, built to commemorate the 2428 prisoners who died at the Sandakan POW camp. The memorial has four interlocking gardens to represent the homelands of those who died there.

Our lodging for the evening is the Lupa Masa Jungle Camp, located next to the national park. Facilities are limited here, but the setting is superb. Alongside the camp is a stunning waterfall and river whose fresh, clear water comes right off Mt Kinabalu. This is one of the few opportunities in Sabah to experience camping in original primary ‘big tree’ forest.

Please Note: The walk to our jungle lodge can be muddy and is uphill in places, so walking shoes are recommended. Anyone with reasonable fitness should be able to complete the walk without difficulty, but please contact us if you are concerned.

For those wishing to climb Mt Kinabalu, please see our Mt Kinabalu Add-on. This can be added to the end of your tour, or included instead of the jungle camp at an additional cost. If you are considering trying to include this hike in your trip, please ensure you enquire well in advance as this trek is permit regulated and is often fully booked in advance.

Included Excursions: Lupa Masa Jungle Camp • Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens • Nocturnal hike in Mt Kinabalu World Heritage Site
Optional Excursions: Raffesia Flower (worlds biggest flower if in bloom) – MYR 20 • Hot tub at Poring Hot Springs – MYR 20
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in a jungle lodge

Day 3 to 4 – Deramakot Forest Reserve

You will spend two days in the spectacular Deramakot Forest Reserve, which offers unique opportunities for observing wildlife. In fact, about 75% of all the mammals in the Sabah Region can be found in Deramakot, and the reserve is a key habitat for five globally-threatened large mammals; the Orangutan, the Pygmy Elephant, the Banteng (a species of wild cattle), the Proboscis Monkey and the Clouded Leopard. You will have plenty of time to explore the extraordinary biodiversity of the reserve by embarking on nature hikes in the region, and by taking part in a nocturnal safari by 4WD vehicle to spot wildlife in the dark. You can also watch the sunrise over the dense rainforest canopy, a truly beautiful sight and one that you’ll never forget. During your time in the Deramakot Forest Reserve you will also learn about local conservation efforts and innovative sustainable logging procedures (Deramakot is seen as a model for modern forest management practices and is the first reserve in South East Asia to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council).

Included Excursions: Nocturnal 4WD Safari • Nature hikes in the Deramakot Forest Reserve • Conservation talk
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in a jungle lodge

Day 5 to 5 – Kinabatangan Region

We embark on a river cruise to one of the many ox-bow lakes on the floodplain of the Kinabatangan Region, spotting wildlife as we travel downriver. The area is known for its biodiversity and you may see orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pig tailed macaque, long tailed macaque, red and grey leaf monkeys, pygmy elephants, crocodiles, hornbills and the slow loris. This conservation area is one of only two in the world where ten species of primate exist.

Included Excursions: Visit to ox-bow lake • Wildlife river safari
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in a jungle lodge

Day 6 to 6 – Abai Village Homestay

Today we travel by river boat through the Ramsar Wetland Reserve and participate in a local reforestation project. This is a great opportunity to lend a hand by planting fast-growing fruit trees which will provide a valuable source of food for animals and help preserve the region for future visitors and locals alike.

We reach the village of Abai where locals welcome us into their homes for a truly unique and privileged glimpse into riverside life. Your tour leader will brief you on what to expect in the village and appropriate dress and behaviour. We enjoy the hospitality of our hosts who prepare local food for us while staying in wooden stilted housing.

Included Excursions: Tree planting • Abai village homestay
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in homestays

Day 7 to 8 – Sepilok

Sepilok is the location of the famed Orangutan sanctuary which is your best chance to see these magnificent primates up close in their natural habitat. You will stay close to the sanctuary in Sepilok, in wooden lodgings in the rainforest.

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was founded to protect orphaned orangutans and other wildlife species and today has around 60 to 80 orangutans living freely in the reserve along with younger orang-utans housed in the nurseries. There are two feedings daily which is the best chance to see the orangutans close up (although sightings cannot be guaranteed) and we plan the day around these events.

Near to the sanctuary is the Rainforest Discovery Centre which can be visited between feedings. There are nature trails in the centre including a canopy walkway. Exploring the centre we may see hornbills and flying squirrels and just listening to the impressive sounds of the jungle is an experience not to be forgotten.

In early 2014 the Sun Bear Conservation Centre opened its doors to visitors and if you wish, you have time today to include a visit to this very worthwhile project. The world’s smallest bear species, the sun bear is under threat from deforestation and this centre houses orphaned and rescued sun bears in order to rehabilitate them.

Today is packed with highlights and we keep a pretty busy schedule to ensure we can fit everything in. We recommend leaving valuables at the lodging as you are limited as to what you can bring into the sanctuary. For those interested in photography, the lighting under the forest canopy can be limited which is something to be aware of and prepare for. It’s also advised to bring plenty of water along with you as it may not be available to purchase.

Included Excursions: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre • Rainforest Discovery Centre • Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Optional Excursions: Agnes Keith house & English tea house – MYR 15-50. Restored colonial house with tea, muffins and croquet and adjacent restored home of famous American World War II author • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary – MYR 50 plus MYR 100 taxi.
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in a jungle lodge

Day 9 to 10 – Kudat

We fly to Kudat, on the very tip of Borneo. Kudat is a small port town with welcoming locals and a very laid-back atmosphere, and is home to a large Chinese temple and a great fresh seafood market. We stay near the sea, where we enjoy a BBQ on the beach at sunset. We also get involved with a local turtle conservation project. You will also have the opportunity to go swimming, snorkelling, fishing and hiking in and around the beautiful coves and beaches of this remote corner of northern Borneo.

Included Excursions: Visit to a turtle conservation project • Sunset BBQ
Accommodation: 2 night(s) in hotels

Day 11 to 11 – Kota Kinabalu

In the morning you are free to continue exploring the pristine beaches and coves of Kudat. In the afternoon, we return to Kota Kinabalu where you may want to enjoy one last meal with your group, or see some more of the city by night before departing the next day.

Optional Excursions: Sabah State Museum – MYR 15 • Full day rafting grade 3-4 – MYR 210 • Half day rafting grade 1-2 – MYR 120 • 2 hour sunset/sunrise bike ride – MYR 100-150 • Full day visit to a tribal village – MYR 350 • Mari Mari Cultural village – MYR 160 • Proboscis Monkey and fireflies river boat trip – MYR 160 • Tunku Abdul Rahman Park kayaking trip around the islands half day/full day – MYR 170/220 • Half day cooking course – MYR 50 • Crocker Range National Park day trip – MYR 400 • Gayana Island Marine Eco Resort educational talk and snorkelling – MYR 360 • Full day bike tour – MYR 60-80
Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Day 12 to 12 – Depart Kota Kinabalu

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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