|Starts||Apr 17th 2024|
|Ends||Apr 28th 2024|
|Leader||Steve Gettle & Nicole Sudduth|
|Participants||8 (UPDATE 8-10 One spot just opened up! Join us!)|
We are excited to offer an adventure to this secret hidden gem! Borneo is known as the land of Orangutans, “the man of the forest,” and it holds some of the world’s most ancient and tallest tropical jungle forests that are home to not only the endangered Orangutans but also gibbons, Probiscis monkeys, Red-leaf monkeys, Leopard cats, Pygmy elephants, cool chameleons and an array of dazzling, colorful birds and plants.
We honed this photo tour to maximize our time and photographic opportunities in the best and most wildlife rich destinations in Borneo.
We will be staying at top rated lodges that offer not only exceptional comfort and good food but also extraordinary photographic opportunities as we are staying right in the heart of the habitat and wildlife sanctuaries.
You’ll experience one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World as well as getting to staying in a UNESCO World Heritage location.
Don’t be surprised to see Orangutans or Long-tailed Macaques or Gibbons outside your room or Giant Flying Squirrels as we head to dinner. The lodging is comfortable, the food is delicious and the rooms are air conditioned but the environment is wild as it should be!
Because we are staying in rich habitats, each day we will take walks and/or boat rides in search of great wildlife encounters. We have experienced guides with us throughout the trip. Our guides are trained specifically in each location and know the trails, the habitats and the wildlife and their behaviors.
You will fly in to Sandakan airport, arriving on April 17. For those coming from the United States, this means departing on April 15 and crossing the international date line.
There is one internal flight Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu that you will be responsible for booking. We will provide you with the specific details so that we are all on the same flight. The cost for this hop flight is approximately $250.
You will need to book your return flight to depart on April 28 from Kota Kinabalu to your home destination.
Wednesday, April 17
Arrive in Sandakan.
You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel.
Enjoy photography around the hotel or rest from the travel. We will meet before dinner to look for the Giant flying Squirrels!
Note: If you are coming from the United States, you will need to depart on Monday, April 15 and cross the international date line in flight in order to arrive on April 17. Enjoy the time travel!)
Thursday, April 18 – Sepilok and Surrounding areas
Today, we will jump in with both feet! We will be visiting a number of great locations near our lodge that provide us with an introduction to some of the wildlife that we hope to encounter on the rest of the trip as well as fantastic photographic opportunities with these very special animals. We will start with the Rainforest Discovery Center, searching for birds and other wildlife in the canopy. Then we will visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where Orangutans released into the wild often return for a morning snack. We will proceed to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). This centre rescues formerly captive sun bears and is involved in sun bear conservation, welfare rehabilitation and education. Then, we will round out this very full day with a visit to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary which offers a unique chance to see proboscis monkeys.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19, 20 and 21 – Sakau and the Kinabatangan River
In Sakau, we will be staying at one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World”. The lodge itself is situated in the forest reserve and Orangutans, macaques and langurs are known to frequent the forest here. Each day, we will be taking boat rides to explore the river and its channels. The Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah and is known as having one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo and the highest population of primates. Cluster fig trees are plentiful through the riparian forest here and they offer a preferred food source for a wide array of wildlife. Pygmy elephants roam this forest and if we are lucky we may just see them here!
Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23- Tabin Wildlife Reserve
We will enjoy both day and night excursions at Tabin. This is a great place for not only larger wildlife but also macro. Mammals of Tabin include otters, gibbons, grey leaf langurs, pig tailed macaques, leopard cat, civets, mousedeer, orangutan and more. Birds include buffy fish owl, rhinoceros hornbill, Blythe’s hawk eagle, red-bearded bee eater, blue-headed pitta, Bornean brown wood owl, Blythe’s frogmouth. At least 7 species of frogs are found at the frog pond located near our rooms.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 24, 25 and 26 – Danum Valley
We saved one of the best for last – Danum Valley. We will be staying at the famed Borneo Rainforest Lodge which has a wonderful network of trails, a canopy walk and terrific accommodations. We will be in one of the world’s most pristine, virgin rainforests millions of years old. Photographic opportunities can be found all around our lodge and the lodge trails. Keep an eye out for rare mammal species which include the orangutans, jungle cats, civets, colugos (flying lemurs), mousedeer, gibbon, and red leaf langur monkey. While birds can be secretive, 275 species have been recorded here.
Saturday, April 27 – Kota Kinabalu
This morning, we will have a leisurely breakfast followed by morning free for final photography around the lodge and then depart for Lahad Datu for our short hopper flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Sunday, April 28 – Flights home
We will have a transfer to airport for flights from Kota Kinabalu to home
Deposit of $1,000 due with registration
Payment #2 of $4280 due December 15, 2023
Final Payment of $4,000 due February 1, 2024
* Pricing based on double occupancy
*** Single Supplement (if available) add $1500
– All lodging
– All meals
– Local English-speaking guides
– Field trip fees
– Land/water-based transportation within the country
– Air travel to and from Borneo
– Internal domestic flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu
– Travel insurance
– Any alcoholic beverages