Focus on Borneo - Borneo Tours
2020 Tours: April 23
10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS
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FOCUS ON BORNEO is a 10-day Photography Tour package in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Enjoy a rich mixture of landscape, street, portrait and nature photography. Lead by award winning nature photographer, Pamela Jennings who will assist you to get the most out of your camera and creative skills in this amazing location.
There are many highlights on this tour including the beautiful city of Kuching and World Heritage listed Mulu National Park.
Be guided by locals, share in their culture and enjoy exclusive photography opportunities.
Photograph semi-wild Orangutans and support their rehabilitation into the wild.
Spend the night in Bako National Park home of the proboscis monkey, long-tailed macaque and silver leaf monkey.
Immerse yourself in the living, pulsing heart of the jungle at Mulu World Heritage area.
Capture the David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series moment when three million wrinkle-lipped bats emerge from Deer Cave at sunset.
Cruise river-ways on kayak and longboat spotting a riot of animal life.
Exclusive photography sessions in some of the largest caves in the world
Immerse yourself in nature at the ‘Garden Of Eden’, one of the most pristine collapsed cave systems in the world.
This tour starts in Kuching and finishes in Kota Kinabalu, leaving you to fly home direct or extend your travels to the beaches, islands and jungles of Sabah.
Fully escorted tour includes:
Flights: Kuching-Mulu-Kota Kinabalu
Accommodation: twin share accommodation (single supplement by request)
Meals: all meals are provided on this tour
Kuching experiences: Overnight at Bako National Park. Kuching Wetlands Sunset Cruise, night photography tours, Semonggoh Wildlife Centre & visit to Sarawak Cultural Village
Mulu National Park: Private photography session & tour of Deer and Lang Cave, Clearwater Cave & Cave of Winds, Bat exodus, Batu Bungan longhouse craft market, night walk and sunrise boat cruise.
Please note that on occasions flights from Mulu are delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Onward flights may be impacted by late or cancelled flights from Mulu.
Welcome to Kuching
Kuching is a beautiful old city, interlaced with quaint back streets and boasting a riverside promenade that rivals the lively riverfronts of Europe.
Kuching’s streets are alive with the aroma of street foods, colourful wares and the smiles of the super-friendly locals.
Our hotel is situated amongst the bustling traders on Kuching’s Main Bazar. It also directly opposite the riverside promenade of Sarawak River, a great place to take a stroll any time of day or night.
We’ll meet up in the hotel bar before sunset for a welcome drink and enjoy dinner together at an open-air rooftop seafood restaurant. And I don’t think we will be able to resist doing a night shoot along the riverside promenade.
Semenggoh Wildlife Sanctuary
and Kuching Wetlands National Park
Kick start the day at 8am with a visit to Semenggoh Wildlife Sanctuary to witness Orangutans in a relatively natural setting.
Semenggoh was established more than 40 years ago as a rehabilitation centre for endangered animals and now has expanded to become a research facility into orangutan biology and behaviour, providing vital information to safeguard the orangutans’ precarious future. Semenggoh also provides a successful breeding environment for orangutans unable to be rehabilitated into the wild. We’ll have the chance to see the sanctuary’s semi-wild orangutans, ranging from heart-meltingly cute infants and boisterous adolescents to the powerful male adults, as they enjoy life in a secure natural habitat.
In the afternoon we join the Wetland Wildlife Cruise in Kuching Wetlands National Park at sunset.
Kuching Wetlands National Park covers an area of 6,610 hectares on the estuarine reaches of the Sibu Laut and Salak rivers. The park is an important spawning and nursery ground for fish and prawn species and contains a wide diversity of wildlife, including Snubfin Dolphin, Proboscis Monkeys, Long-tailed Macaque monkeys, Silver-Leaf Monkeys, Monitor lizards, Estuarine Crocodiles and a range of birdlife, including Kingfishers, White-bellied Sea Eagles and shore birds, including the rare Lesser Adjutant Stork.
In November 2005 Malaysia designated the park as a Ramsar site, a wetlands of international importance.
Overnight at Bako National Park
This morning we journey to Bako National Park. A 20-minute boat through a stilted water village bustling with local fisherman opens to an inlet and the calm waters of the South China Sea. We pass traditional fish traps, mangroves and islands. Look out for Bottlenose Dolphins, Crocodiles and Sea Eagles.
Bako National Park provides great opportunities to photograph more of Borneo’s wonderful wildlife with regular sightings Proboscis Monkey, Long-tailed Macaque, Silver Leaf Monkey (Silvered Langur) and Bornean Bearded Pig. Squirrels and Monitor lizards are also common.
We also get to do some landscape photography here. The beach in front of the resort is a great spot for sunset with Mount Santubong as our backdrop. If the weather gods are kind we may even be able to try an Astro shoot. That’s something you don’t get every day in Borneo.
After dinner we join the National Park guided night walk. The guides are very patient and flash is allowed so we get to capture some unique nightlife in the rainforest.
Sarawak Culture Village & Kuching town
Sunrise landscape photography on the beach before breakfast will bring more photographic opportunities. Plus we will see monkeys and the Bearded Pig going about their day.
We will take the chance to view the sea stacks on our return boat journey to the harbour.
This afternoon have great photographic opportunities on our visit to Sarawak Cultural Village. An award winning living museum located just 32km from Kuching. It’s easy to spend a few hours photographing the local culture and lifestyles of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak.
Once back in Kuching we once again explore the Kuching riverside promenade with its lively markets and restuarants. The streets are full of colour and the smiles of the super-friendly locals. A night shoot along the river tonight is a must.