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 Reserve Expedition
You’ll say goodbye to civilization as you travel deeper into the wilderness, along uneven, gravelly jungle roads. During your trip your guide will take you through the jungle on safaris by jeep to spot many different species of animal from monkeys to tropical birds. Your guide will also take you to a mud volcano, where the animals come to get their daily dose of minerals. Your accommodation in the jungle is a bungalow, with hot water and air-con.
Climbing Kinabalu - Mount Kinabalu Trek
If you’re adventurous at heart, fit and enjoy spectacular sunrise, what are you waiting for? Mount Kinabalu awaits! On the first morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and driven to Kinabalu National Park. Your guide will take you on a walk through the rainforest treetops on the canopy walk. You’ll spend the night in a basic park cottage, surrounded by the rainforest.
The following day you’ll start off on your mountain trek. Winding trails will lead you up the mountain and you’ll see the landscape start to transform from green jungle to barren rock. At the end of the day you’ll spend the night in a rustic mountain cabin. Your guide will wake you up early the next morning and you’ll set off to reach the mountain top just before sunrise. What awaits you is an incredible view of the horizon at dawn’s first morning light.
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.