Rainforests, Rivers & Remote Tribes

2-Week Borneo Holiday Itinerary - Rainforest & Community

Prices from £1,695 pp

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Duration13 days / 12 nights (flexible)


ItineraryKuching - Batang Ai - Santubong - Semenggoh - Damai Peninsula - Gaya Island

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Head out into the wild as you explore the natural beauty and wildlife of Sarawak, before taking some time out on Borneo’s beautiful beaches. You’ll explore the emerald lakes and hidden waterfalls of the Batang Ai, head out on a wildlife cruise down the Santubong River, kayak through the rainforest and kick back on the beaches of Damai Peninsular and Gaya Island.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described
  • Excursions as described
  • Permits

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Culture and Cuisine of Kuching

Kuching, known as ‘Cat City’, is a wonderful place to spend a day or two, the perfect starting point your Sarawak adventure. The city offers a wonderful mix of old and new as well as being a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Take a stroll through the colonial streets and marvel at the Chinese Temples and Mosques at every turn, before heading to spot orangutans swinging through the trees. During your time here we will organise your transfer from both the airport and your accommodation, into the heart of the city, so you can explore at your own pace.

kuching waterfront borneo river

Emerald Lake and Hidden Falls

Visit the remote, emerald green reservoir of the Batang Ai, home for thousands of years to the indigenous Iban tribe. After travelling deep into the forest by longboat, you’ll be spending a couple of nights in a newly built jungle lodge by the river. The accommodation is simple but comfortable, and you’ll be welcomed into the community to learn about life in this part of Borneo.

borneo batang scenery islands

During your time here, you’ll trek through the dense jungle in search of wild Orangutans, swim in hidden waterfalls and enjoy a BBQ lunch. In the evening you can enjoy the local rice wine and traditional food at a nearby longhouse with the Iban tribe of Sumpa.

Mangroves, Monkeys and Fireflies

Over the next 3 days, you’ll meet Borneo’s iconic Great Apes, sleep in a treehouse and cruise along the river spotting wildlife. Your trip starts with a visit to see the country’s most famous resident at the Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, before checking into a treehouse lodge on the Damai Peninsular. Next up, you’ll take a wildlife cruise on the Santubong River where you’ll try and spot swinging monkeys, beady crocodile eyes and glowing fireflies. If you’re lucky you might also see an Irrawaddy dolphin!

semenggoh borneo orangutan jungle wildlife

Kayaks and Beaches of Damai

Over the next few days, you can relax and take it easy with a stay on the golden beaches of the Damai Peninsular – sometimes called Santubong – just north of Sarawak’s capital Kuching. You can swim in the South China Sea, relax with a book by the pool and simply take it easy. During your stay, we’ve included a gentle downstream kayak with a guide on the river. You’ll be surrounded by views of limestone rock formations and lush green rainforest, and can even visit a local Bidayuh tribe.

Kayaks and Beaches of Damai

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.

Gaya Island View Sabah Malaysia

Speak to our Borneo specialist, Miles

“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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