Essential Borneo

05/17/2023 through 12/19/2024
05/17/2023 through 01/01/2025
Intrepid Travel

Essential Borneo

Travel across Borneo’s biodiverse Sabah region, immersing yourself in nature and learning about the island’s Indigenous cultures. From orangutan encounters and traditional village homestays to soaking in natural hot springs after summiting the mighty Mount Kinabalu in time for sunrise, this 11-day adventure through Borneo is anything but boring. Where else can you spot pygmy elephants on a riverbank one day and see proboscis monkeys the next (not to mention slow lorises, flying foxes and rescued sun bears)? Wildlife lovers, you are in for a treat on this unforgettable trip.


  • Kinabatangan – Cultural Show
  • Sandakan – War Memorial
  • Kinabatangan River – Afternoon Wildlife Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River – Morning River Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River – Cooking lesson
  • Sepilok – Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Mt Kinabalu – 2 Day Climb


  • This is one of very few places in the world where you can see orangutans in the wild – observe these gentle giants living their best jungle life in the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Keep your eyes on the shoreline and the forest canopy to spot troops of monkeys, abundant birdlife and – if you’re lucky – pygmy elephants as you cruise along the Kinabatangan River.
  • Tackle a challenging but scenic trail to reach the summit of the mighty Mt Kinabalu in time to catch a spectacular sunrise.
  • Spend a night at a family homestay in a village along the Kinabatangan River to experience what local life is really like.
  • Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Bornean rainforest and spot tropical birds from your treehouse-style hut at a small community-run eco camp.


Day 1 Kota Kinabalu
Day 2 Kinabatangan River
Day 3 Kinabatangan River
Day 4 Sepilok
Day 5 Sepilok
Day 6 Kinabalu National Park
Day 7 Mt Kinabalu
Day 8 Poring Hot Springs
Day 9 Poring Hot Springs
Day 10 Kota Kinabalu
Day 11 Kota Kinabalu

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