Your day-by-day itinerary
Kota Kinabalu: Gateway to Sabah
This booming coastal city at the foot of the immense Mount Kinabalu is the starting point for your journey to Sabah. As you step into the airport arrivals hall you’ll see your driver carrying a sign with your name on it. He’ll take you on the 20 minute drive to your friendly hotel. It’s quiet enough to be able to relax, yet close enough to reach the city centre by foot or taxi. Kota Kinabalu is a relatively modern city with many western influences.
On the second day of your trip we’ll arrange for you to join a traditional home cooking class alongside a small international group. In the morning you will be picked up by your friendly host and visit a local market where you will search for and be shown many local ingredients. Next you’ll go to your host’s house where you will help prepare a home cooked meal.
Tabin Wildlife Expedition
You’ll be picked up by a local guide in a 4×4, and will say goodbye to civilization as you travel deep into the wilderness, along uneven, gravelly jungle roads. You’ll be staying in a remote lodge, with your own air-conditioned bungalow, and all of your meals are included – cooked by a good quality on-site restaurant – so you don’t need to worry about a thing for the next couple of days.
Over the next couple of days you’ll set out by jeep and on foot to see monkeys, bats, monitor lizards and tropical birds in a rainbow of colours, amongst a variety of other creatures. Your local guide will take you to a nearby mud volcano, and if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an elephant or an orangutan during your Borneo jungle trek, so keep your eyes peeled. On the third morning, you’ll head back to Lahad Datu.
Climbing Kinabalu - Mountain Trek
The highest peak in South East Asia, Gunung Kinabalu is the pride of Sabah and its majestic peak soars high above the jungle, usually surrounded by a veil of clouds. Today you’ll travel up to the entrance of the Kota Kinabalu National Park, at around 1600m, where you’ll spend the night in a rustic lodge along with your local guide and a small group of other trekkers. The following day you’ll begin your 4-6 hour ascent through the various layers of forest, until you reach a basic trekking lodge just a couple of hours from the peak, where you can have dinner and get some rest.
Your guide will wake you up early the next morning and you’ll set off to reach the 4102m summit, where you’ll have front row seats for the spectacular sunrise over the sweeping Borneo landscape. A hearty breakfast will be waiting for you at the lodge before you start your descent, and few hours later you’ll be taken back to Kota Kinabalu, where you can reflect on your adventure over a nice cold beer.
Gaya Island Getaway
The next three days will be spent relaxing on Gaya island, a 15 minute speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu. This island is the largest in the Tunku Abdul National Park and is vastly covered by jungle and dotted with tropical beaches. During your stay here we’ll provide you with a gourmet picnic basket and you can find your own personal slice of paradise on which to sit and enjoy it.