Discover the rich and diverse beauty of the Malaysian state of Sabah, nicknamed The Land of Gold, on this incredible island adventure. This extraordinary 12-day tour allows you to travel to some of the most incredible sites in the world, whilst exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Borneo. Venture off the beaten path to see orangutans and pygmy elephants in the wild; spend your nights in picturesque jungle lodges and homestays; and work with local communities on conservation and reforestation projects for the ultimate all-round Borneo Adventure!This amazing tour allows you to spend days at a time with small villages, meeting new people and learning about different cultures, and a trip to the northernmost part of the island gives you the chance to try delicious local cuisines! Each day brings new exciting and inspirational adventures such as a Nocturnal Safari, and a visit to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre which homes and rehabilitates the world’s smallest bears. The trip also allows plenty of time for optional excursions, including a visit to the Poring Hot Springs, or the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. This tour truly provides such a fun-filled journey that the memories you make will stay with you forever.
Tucan Travel are proud providers of incredible tours that cater for the adventurous souls of the world, whilst keeping one very simple thing in mind: sustainability. Their aim is to make adventure travel sustainable for the long term. To achieve this, Tucan Travel have implemented measures that respect the delicate ecosystems, wildlife and natural habitats that they are exploring, following strict rules to minimise the effects of tourists' presence. They have developed waste management solutions to help recycle, repair and reuse materials, and have also introduced a carbon offset scheme that encourages the use of public transport wherever possible, further helping to minimise their carbon footprint. Many of Tucan Travel’s tours include opportunities to view local wildlife in national parks or at dedicated conservation centres. Animal welfare is big focus for Tucan Travel who even have their own policy which includes only working with suppliers who meet their animal welfare standards, and offering wildlife encounters only insofar as they directly benefit that species. With so many sustainability initiatives and more, such as contribution to local community schemes, supporting the work of World Land Trust and LATA in Latin America, Tucan Travel are truly committed to eco-tourism and their long term target of sustainable tourism.
The Adventure Begins: Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. Spend your day relaxing and seeing some of the sights this city has to offer.
Mt Kinabalu World Heritage Site: Explore this incredible biological site, home to more than 5,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species. Excursions include a nocturnal hike and a visit to the Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens. Spend the night at the Lupa Masa Jungle Camp.
Deramakot Forest Reserve: Spend two days in this spectacular forest which offers incredible opportunities for observing its unique wildlife.
Kinabatangan Region: A river cruise takes you through one of the many ox-bow lakes, offering prime wildlife-watching opportunities! This is one of only two conservation areas in the world where ten species of primate exist.
Abai Village Homestay: Another boat carries you through the Ramsar Wetland Reserve where, once on land, you will help with a local reforestation project. Stay in wooden stilted housing as the locals welcome you into their community by preparing a generous dinner.
Sepilok: Spend time at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where you can see these incredible animals up close. Accommodation consists of wooden lodgings in the rainforest, close to the centre.
Kudat: Fly to the very tip of Borneo, to a small port town called Kudat. Enjoy a BBQ on the beach at sunset and partake in a local turtle conservation project.
Kota Kinabalu: Travel back to this thriving city and enjoy one last meal with your group.
Final Day: Sadly, your adventure has come to an end! If you’re not quite ready to go home, why not book post-tour accommodation and extend your trip a little longer?