Your day-by-day itinerary
Arrival in Gunung Mulu National Park
This trip is in Mulu, which is only a quick domestic flight away from Kuching or Kota Kinabalu. Make sure you get a window seat; this will give you an incredible view of the tropical rainforest below you. When you land, your guide will be waiting for you to take you to your wooden jungle lodge. The lodge is built on 3m high poles, and resembles traditional longhouses. After you check in, you can really begin your Borneo tour as you head straight out into the park and off on a 3km hike across a wooden walkway. Looking around you’ll see a wide variety of amazing plants, birds and insects.
The first cave you’ll reach is ‘Lang Cave’; an enormous cave filled with stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is illuminated by large lamps and it is easily accessible by walking across the walkways. The next cave, ‘Deer Cave’ is nearby. Millions of bats live in this cave. Don’t forget to bring along a torch; the cave is quite dark and has some slippery spots. As the sun begins to set, you’ll walk back towards the cave entrance (the largest cave entrance in the world). Out of nowhere, you’ll hear an immense noise, whirring and fluttering. When you look around you’ll see thousands of bats flying out of the cave. Watching this is quite an extraordinary experience and is sure to be a real highlight of your Borneo tour. At around 7pm or 8pm you’ll be back at the lodge and you’ll be able to sit down to a meal at the restaurant. In the evening you can relax in your spacious, comfortable room.
Gunung Mulu National Park and Departure
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll continue through the jungle in a long wooden boat. Along the way you’ll pass Penan tribe villages, the ‘Wind Cave’, an enormous cave filled with bizarre natural pillars, and ‘Clearwater Cave’, which was created by an enormous network of underground rivers. A long staircase will take you through this fascinating cave network. After visiting the caves, pull on your swimming attire and hop into the emerald waters to cool off. Later your boat will take you back to your lodge where you’ll arrive late afternoon, so you’ll have time to sit back and relax until dinner. At the end of the day you’ll spend the final night at the lodge before continuing your travels the following day after breakfast.
Optional Extension: Pinnacles Climb
If you would like to add an extra day of exploring to your time in Mulu we can arrange a climb up to the Pinnacles. These are one of Mulu National Park’s most distinguishing features. Anyone in good health and with a reasonable level of fitness can complete the climb to the panorama view at 1175m. You’ll spend day 1 in the same way as described above, but days 2 and 3 will be on the Pinnacles climb with a night at a rustic cabin in the jungle.
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