Traversing the Rustic Borneo

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TRIP DATE:12th to 20th August, 2017

DAY 1: Arrival at Kota Kinabalu

We meet at the Kota Kinabalu airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and spend the day at leisure.

Overnight at Promenade Hotel.

DAY 2: Kiulu Rafting and Mari-Mari Cultural Village (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Meet at the hotel lobby. Depart for Kiulu River (about 1 ½ hrs drive).

Journey will pass through the countryside offering views of paddy fields and villages. Upon arrival, you will be briefed on safety measures and the various rapids by the river guide. 

Arrive at the ending point and enjoy a sumptuous lunch by the Kiulu River.

Proceed to Mari Mari Cultural village.

You will be ushered in to the warmth of different homes of the ethnicities of Sabah to get acquainted with each village tribe and experience their rich culture.

Transfer back to the hotel for dinner. Overnight at Promenade Hotel.

DAY 3: Kinabalu National Park – Poring Hot Spring - Desa Cattle Farm (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Meet at the hotel lobby and proceed to Kinabalu Park. Journey will take approximately 2 hours passing along mountainous roads that wind along the Crocker range. Along the way, we shall make a brief stop at Nabalu, a place where the local natives gather to sell local produce, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs.

On arrival at Kinabalu Park we shall proceed for a walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden. If the day is clear, you may even spot a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the New Guinea and Himalaya. Kinabalu Park boasts an estimate of 4,500 species of plants which include 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. After the walk we depart for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we shall visit the Poring Hot Spring. At this natural hot spring, there are Japanese baths where visitors can soak themselves and let the invigorating sulfurous water stimulate the body. 

Transfer to Kinabalu Pine Resort and dinner. Overnight at Kundasang. 

DAY 4: Luanti Fish Spa - Overland to Kinabatangan River (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Post breakfast we shall check-out and visit Luanti Fish Spa. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and than we shall transfer to Kinabatangan river. After check-in, there is a an afternoon river cruise planned in search of wildlife in the area – a good chance to see Proboscis monkey, Orangutan, pygmy elephants, birds and more. After dinner and subject to weather conditions, we shall enjoy a night drive safari in search of nocturnal animals. (1 hour)

Overnight at Myne Resort.

DAY 5: Kinabatangan (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Rise early for another “Misty Kinabatangan River Cruise” (1 hour). Breakfast is served at the resort. 

Later we shall go for a jungle walk to explore the Merbau Trail. You will be fascinated to see more than 100 years old Merbau Tree that has a big cavity underneath that can be fit around 5-6 people at one time. It was believed that the village people used to hide their daughters in the cavity during the Japanese era (2 hours).

Lunch will be served at the resort. Late afternoon, enjoy another river cruise and try to spot more wildlife (2 hours) before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Kinabatangan.

DAY 6: Gomantong Cave (Breakfast, Lunch* & Dinner)

Post breakfast, check out from the resort and proceed to Gomantong cave. Gomantong cave described by WWF as “the best-managed edible birds’ nest cave in the world”. 

*Stopover at any restaurant during the journey for lunch.

 Transfer to Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and check in. Dinner and overnight at Sandakan.

DAY 7: Bakungan Island Day trip

Breakfast. Pick up from hotel lobby and transfer to jetty for Bakungan Island day trip.

Activities: Swimming and snorkelling.

Then, transfer back to Sandakan and return to Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Sandakan.

DAY 8: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre - Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey - City Tour (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Meet at the hotel lobby and drive approximately 40 minutes to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary. It was established in 1964 to return orphaned "apes back to the wild”

Later we shall visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, that promotes sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, education and research - giving captured sun bears a better home and restoring their right to live in the wild.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Post lunch visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Labuk Bay the mangrove forest covers about 400 acres with 2 different platforms, A & B giving the visitor an excellent view of these monkeys.

Then, proceed for the Sandakan City Tour, to explore various landmarks in the city. 

Australian War Memorial: It is dedicated to some 2700 Australian prisoners of war who died at the Sandakan camp and in the ensuing death marches through the jungles of Sabah.

Sandakan Central Market: the most amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products.

Sim-Sim Water Village: where houses are all built close to the water surface, which earlier was a narrow, uninhabited coastal fringe of jungle and mangroves.

Puh Jih Shih Buddhist Temple: this landmark offers a breath taking view of the Sandakan Bay.

Agnes Keith House: house of the famous writer who wrote “Land below the Wind” and “White Man Returns”, is now turned into a heritage house providing interesting insight into life during British North Borneo.

Return to Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Sandakan.

Day 9 - Take a flight from Sangakan and to Kota Kinabalu and take a flight back to Mumbai 

Resorts :

Kota Kinabalu - Promenade Hotel - Visit Website 

Kinabalu National Park (Kundasang) -  Kinabalu Pine Resort - Visit website 

Kinabatangan - Myne Resort - Visit Website 

Sandakan - Sheraton Hotel - Visit Website 


Trip Cost: Rs 88,000/- + 5% Service Tax

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights at Kota Kinabalu
  • 1 night at Kundasang
  • 2 nights in Kinabatang 
  • 3 nights at Sandakan
  • Return boat & land transportation
  • Guide
  • Entrance fee whereever applicable
  • Meals as stated

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • All Airfares and airport taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Camera & vdeo fees where applicable
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, portage & items not stated



The Cost Does Not Include:

  • Cost for supplementary services.
  • Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
  • Cost for service provided on a personal request.
  • Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.
  • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.
  • Difference in cost arising due to change in Taxes by the Government which will have to be collected directly ON ARRIVAL.
  • Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:

- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show).





From steamy jungles to blissful mountains, balmy beaches and peaceful villages, travellers love Borneo's bounty of natural treasures seemingly tailor-made for fun, relaxation, exploration and adventure. 

Jungle Lore is happy to announce our trip to Borneo in August 2016 to experience nature at its best. 
Come with us to this magical paradise. This trip is specially hand-picked for you where there will be a great mix of forest trails, trekking, encounters with wild orangutans and other creatures of the rainforest, boat safaris, visit to hot springs and understanding of the local people by spending a day in a traditional village. 

Some interesting facts about Borneo!
  • Borneo is the third largest Island in the world, behind New Guinea and Greenland
  • The Borneo rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world and has been aged at 130 million years old
  • Borneo as a whole is conservatively estimated to contain 15,000 plant species, and may well have the highest plant diversity of any region on Earth

As can only be expected, 21st-century Borneo is a fast-changing place, but despite the fast pace of change, indigenous culture remains ingrained in the various lifestyles of Borneo’s inhabitants. Beyond the Malay-dominated town and cities, life still revolves around the longhouse and the river. For the visitor, it is the legendary hospitality of Borneo’s tribal peoples, as much as the magnificent rainforests themselves, that make the island such a magical place to encounter.

Quick Info

Trip Dates: 12th to 20th August, 2017

Trip Cost: Rs 88,000/- + 5% Service Tax

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Resorts :

Kota Kinabalu - Promenade Hotel - Visit Website 

Kinabalu National Park (Kundasang) -  Kinabalu Pine Resort - Visit website 

Kinabatangan - Myne Resort - Visit Website 

Sandakan - Sheraton Hotel - Visit Website