Your day-by-day itinerary

View of river and city of Kuching

Days 1-3

Culture and Cuisine of Kuching

Upon your arrival at Kuching airport, you’ll find our driver waiting for you. He’ll take you to your hotel just a short walk away from the city’s popular riverfront. Stroll along the boulevard along with the locals in the evenings and enjoy the city’s illuminated night skyline – Kuching is a fascinating city with a great many historic buildings and colonial influences.

Borneo-sarawak-wildlife-orangutan

On the second day of your stay you will visit the Semenggoh orangutan sanctuary. The intimate Semenggoh park is just an hour away from Kuching where they are trained in all the survival skills for them to venture out into the wild and fend for themselves. This tour to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre can be arranged either in the morning or in the afternoon, to correspond with the feeding time of the orang-utans.

Proboscis Monkeys in Bako National Park

Days 3-5

Proboscis Monkeys in Bako National Park

Today you’ll have your introduction to the jungles of Borneo. You’ll see winding rivers running through twisted rock formations, treetops that seem to shoot up into the heavens and curious monkeys jumping from branch to branch. Your guide will collect you from your hotel in Kuching and take you on the 30 minute trip to the town of Kampung Bako. Here you’ll board a boat to Bako National Park.

After you’ve checked into your National Park accommodation you can explore your surroundings with your group and guide and hopefully spot some of the jungle’s wildlife. The following morning you’ll explore the jungle under your own steam to discover Bako’s hidden gems: from venus flytraps and mangrove forests to the unmistakeable Proboscis monkey swinging high up in the tree-tops and a tropical beach for a refreshing dip before your return journey back to Kuching.

At Home with the Iban Headhunters

Days 5-7

At Home with the Iban Headhunters

During the next few days you’ll stay with a local Iban tribe in the deepest jungles of Sarawak. After a 5 hour journey by minibus and longtail boat you’ll arrive at the traditional longhouse where you’ll experience first-hand what life is like in the tribe. You can help them harvest food, prepare a meal and learn about their traditions and ceremonies. You’ll spend the next two nights in the longhouse – sleeping very simply with a mattress and mosquito net (although we do have a slightly posher version of this trip if you’d prefer!).

local washing in the river in borneo

On your second day you’ll explore the area surrounding the longhouse where wild Orang-utans are occasionally spotted. Depending on the water levels, some of your day may be spent travelling by longtail boat. After a couple of hours of moderate trekking, your guide will cook you a tasty lunch at a small jungle camp using bamboo leaves. On the third day of this trip you’ll say your goodbyes and travel to Kuching by longboat and bus.

Final night in Kuching

Days 7-8

Final night in Kuching

You’ll be Kuching for one more night, so you can have a stroll along the riverfront and a final delicious local meal. The following day you’ll be collected from your hotel in time for your journey home.

Speak to our Borneo specialist, Joe

“I loved my first trip to Borneo so much that I recently returned to explore more! Best known for its orangutan, the island is full of adventure and variety. My customers often wow me with their wildlife photos, which makes me want to go back again and again!”

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