- Overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur, with a connection to Kota Kinabalu.
- On arrival at Kota Kinabalu, we will transfer to our hotel and relax for the remainder of the day before a Festival of Wildlife welcome dinner with drinks this evening.
- Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, 1-night with dinner and breakfast.
- We transfer back to Kota Kinabalu airport for a short flight to Lahad Datu in western Sabah, then transfer to Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
- Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge, 6-nights on full board basis.
- In addition to guided wildlife walks and drives, other activities designed specifically for the Festival of Wildlife include painting, sculpture and photography sessions under the guidance of tutors such as acclaimed wildlife sculptor Nick Mackman and award-winning photographer wildlife Nick Garbutt. Each evening one of the experts will deliver an after-dinner presentation.
- Danum Valley is arguably one of the world’s best rainforest locations, and the conservation area protects some of the most diverse wildlife on island Borneo. As much of this is visible within easy walking distance, the pace is relaxing. Among the primates, you may encounter wild orangutans, red leaf monkeys and Bornean gibbons. Bird diversity is high: more than 270 species include several species of hornbill, bright-plumaged barbets, broadbills and spectacular crested firebacks. Open areas around the lodge and along the trails offer chances to see mixed feeding flocks. Rhinocerous are sometimes attracted in by a fruiting tree.
- A hike captures the full atmosphere of the rainforest. With an early start you can reach a viewpoint just before sunrise, when swathes of mist hang in the valleys and cling to the treetops, until the emerging sun bathes everything in a blaze of light as the rainforest comes to life. Tree-top views from the impressive canopy walkway allow you to see hornbills, barbets and broadbills, plus the endemic Bornean bristlehead.
- Night walks and drives reveal nocturnal creatures such as greater mouse deer, giant flying squirrels and culugo, and perhaps slow loris and western tarsier. Frogs are common, and the reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates are no less diverse – although less well known. Together these activities showcase the natural splendour of Borneo’s rainforest and spectacular wildlife.
- Transfer to Lahad Datu for the flight back to Kota Kinabalu, and on to Kuala Lumpur, in time to connect with the overnight flight to London.
Day 10 Arrive UK
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- All meals
- Talks, presentations, master classes & workshops in the rainforest
The Travelling Naturalist team will be joined by a prestigious line-up of experts who will accompany guests on daily wildlife activities, imparting their knowledge and enhancing each individual experience.
Our expert team includes celebrity naturalists Nick Baker and Nigel Marven, award-winning wildlife photographers Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde, award-winning sculptor Nick Mackman, wildlife artist YeeTing Wong and Borneo's leading forest entomologist Arthur Chung. In addition to our Festival experts, a team from The Travelling Naturalist will be joining the trip, including directors Chris Breen and Nick Joynes, as well as Product Manager and Asia expert Brian Wood.
Workshops and presentations
A unique series of talks, presentations, master classes and workshops will take place from the celebrity naturalists and renowned wildlife experts, together with daily wildlife viewing and bird watching activities.
The Festival of Wildlife will be accompanied by over 10 experts and naturalist guides to ensure an exceptional service and an intimate experience. The group of 46 participants will be split into small groups to maximise opportunities to spend time with each of the experts.
The Danum Valley plays to some of the most exuberant wildlife diversity anywhere on Borneo, including all ten of Sabah’s primate species,
- Bornean pygmy elephant
- Bornean gibbon
- Civet cat
More than 300 bird species have been recorded in the Danum Valley
- Bornean bristlehead
- Spectacled flowerpecker
- Crested fireback
- Rhinoceros hornbill
Our base is the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, located in the heart of the Danum valley, on the banks of the Danum River, facing a swathe of pristine forest. The Lodge has one of the finest vistas you could wish for.
The 30 spacious, well-appointed chalet rooms all have an en suite bathroom and are fan cooled (there is no air-conditioning) with stylish modern furnishings. The chalets are connected to the main lodge by a series of raised walkways.
The common area is a large and airy building with a soaring thatched roof, built of local materials and raised on columns of belian, Borneo's famous hardwood. It boasts a small but well-stocked bar, an impressive open-plan dining room where an extensive high quality-buffet offers a variety of delicious local and international cuisine, and a spacious verandah where you can relax and enjoy the sounds and views of the jungle.
In Kota Kinabalu, we stay at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, an award-winning, 25-acre seaside resort is a tropical paradise that boasts 492 modern, luxurious rooms and suites.
All meals are included
Price includes return scheduled flights London – Kota Kinabalu – London, plus domestic flights to/from Lahad Datu.
Pre and post trip extensions are available within Borneo and Indonesia:
- Indonesia: Bali & Komodo Dragons. This 7-day extension heads to the Indonesian archipelago of the Lesser Sunda Islands for an adventure in Komodo National Park, home to the infamous Komodo dragons. Continuing to West Bali National Park, spend a couple of days enjoying the prolific birdlife and coral reefs by boat and on foot.
- Sabah: Sepilok & Kinabatangan: This 6-day extension travels to the Kinabatangan River, a wildlife sanctuary of immense significance. Stay at a wonderful lodge on the river and enjoy a full programme of jungle boat trips and excursions, before continuing to Sepilok, with visits to orangutan, sun bear and proboscis monkey sanctuaries.
- Sarawak: This 7-day extension includes excursions to Bako and Talang-Satang National Parks to see orangutan, proboscis monkey and the rare Irawaddy dolphin. Head to a remote jungle lodge in the interior for more wildlife encounters and a chance to meet the local Iban community.