North Borneo Adventure

Resort:North Borneo Adventure
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Borneo
Price From: £3295.00


This active adventure uncovers the very best of Sabah’s scenery and wildlife. From the busy coastal town of Kota Kinabalu, explore the rainforests of the Kinabalu National Park and take a ride on the historic North Borneo Railway.
Snorkel over coral reefs from Gaya island, then the wildlife adventure continues with a journey along the Kinabatangan river, where birdlife and other animals are easier to spot. Finish the tour in the pristine jungles of the Danum Valley Conservation Area.


Day 1: Fly to Kota Kinabalu (N)

Day 2: Arrive in Kota Kinabalu

Arrive into Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state, and transfer to the Hyatt Regency for 3 nights. (N)

Day 3: Kinabalu National Park

Drive out to the Kinabalu National Park and follow nature trails through the park’s rich plant life, including the exotic and extremely rare rafflesia flowers. Continue to Poring hot springs, where you can explore the treetop canopy walkways. (B, L)

Day 4: Ride the North Borneo Railway

Travel on the restored version of the British North Borneo Company steam railway*, journeying between Kota Kinabalu and Papar, passing orchards and rice paddies, and stopping in the small town of Kinarut to visit the Tien Shi Buddhist temple. (B)

Days 5-6: Gaya Island

Take a short boat journey west of Kota Kinabalu to Gaya island, the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Although the beach at Bunga Raya is a peaceful place to relax, most visitors to Gaya island take the opportunity to explore the island’s natural beauty: kayak through emerald waters and mangroves, hike among thick jungles bursting with butterflies and birds, or snorkel above coral reefs surrounded by tropical fish. Stay 2 nights at the Bunga Raya Island Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Fly to Sandakan • Sepilok

Early morning flight to Sandakan †, then transfer to Sepilok to see the morning feeding of the reserve’s orang utans, which are being reintroduced into the wild. Afterwards, transfer to the Kinabatangan river for a cruise upriver in search of wildlife. Stay 2 nights at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Kinabatangan river excursions

The wildlife excursions today are wonderful opportunities to see proboscis monkeys, orang utans, pygmy elephants and a variety of birdlife. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Danum Valley

This morning, drive south to the Danum Valley Conservation Area to search for wild orang utans. Take a rainforest walk and venture up to the canopy walkway. Stay 2 nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Danum Valley

Full-day exploration of the surrounding rainforest. Visit the Coffin Cliff burial area, swim in freshwater pools, search for wildlife and take a drive at night to experience the forest after dark. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Drive to Lahad Datu, then fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay at the Hyatt Regency for 1 night. (B)

Days 12-13: Fly home

Take an overnight flight home and arrive the next day. (B)