BEST OF BORNEO
standard package at
Dermakot Forest Reserve or Kun Kun and Kinabatangan River Borneo Nature Lodge
AUD$3,600 per adult
AUD$3,300 per child
Kuching -Mulu World Heritage Area-Kota Kinabalu-Sepilok-Dermakot-Kinabatangan River-Kota Kinabalu
DAY 1: Arrive in Kuching
DAY 2: At your leisure
DAY 3: Bako National Park (L)
DAY 4: Fly to Mulu- transfer to accommodation in Mulu World Heritage Area. Afternoon/evening tour to Deer and Lang Cave, Bat Exodus (B)
DAY 5: Longboat to Batu Bungan Longhouse/Craft market, tour of Cave of Wind and Clearwater Cave, morning tea and picnic lunch provided at Clearwater (swim/ relax before longboat back to park. (B/L)
DAY 6: Free day to explore waterfalls, longboat down river . (sign up for a Canopy Tour or guided night walk)
DAY 7: Fly to Kota Kinabalu-fly Sandakan-stay Sepilok Forest Edge-Night Walk
Day 8: Visit Sepilok Orang Utan – Bornean Sun Bear – lunch – transfer to Deramakot after lunch at a local seafood restaurant. It is recommended you arrive here by 1 p.m to take lunch (cash payment). The road can be wet and muddy. Except to arrive around 4.30 p.m to check in depending on wildlife sightings enroute.
Deramakot is the jewel in the Sabah Forestry Departments crown and spans an area of over 100,00 hectares with its adjacent Tangkulap reserve. It was the first tropical forest reserve to be recognised by the Forest Stewardship Council for good forest governance and has pioneered nature tourism in the reserve. It has rapidly become justifiably famous for its astonishing mammal and bird diversity.
The exact program for the next 2 days will depend on weather and recent animal sightings. Your guide will discuss fully with you after check in.
Deramakot has simple rooms split into two chalets on a small hill of 3 bedrooms in each. Although they have air con and hot water ensuite bathrooms these are by no means considered ‘luxury’. Meals are cooked by our in house cook so can be varied to suit requirements, and these are served in the restaurant area, consisting of local Asian dishes and fruits.
After dinner a two hour 4X4 night safari.
Meals Included: D
Day 9: Deramakot
A full day in the reserve. Exact itinerary will be discussed with your guide but you will have dawn and night walking and 4*4 safaris each day, 7 hours are included each 24 hours which can be extended for an extra 125 myr per hour, cash payment.
Due to the distance and time to reach Deramakot a 3rd night is highly recommended.
Meals Included: B,L,D
Day 10: Kinabatangan River
Time for morning birding before breakfast and check out by 9am and return to the main highway and onwards to the river village of Sukau. Sukau was the first village on the mighty Kinabatangan River to develop nature tourism and is now a busy hub of lodges and homestays.
Upon arrival at Borneo Nature Lodge (or similar) check in and lunch will be served. 2 hours to relax or do some birding before the first 4.00 pm river cruise. Numerous bird species will hopefully be spotted as well as the enigmatic and endemic Proboscis Monkey as they prepare for the night in the tree-tops. The river has a significant Orangutan population as well as the Pygmy Elephant who migrate up and down the river.
After the cruise, return for dinner, an optional night walk is available after.
Meal Included (B,L,D)
Day 11: Kinabatangan River
Rise early with the dawn chorus for a 06.00 river cruise to the nearby ox-bow lake. This is usually the best time to see the animals at their liveliest part of the day. Weather permitting there will be a short jungle walk to experience the forest on foot, expect to get muddy. Return for a late breakfast and relax.
After lunch included is a 2nd p.m river safari offering further opportunities to spot targets previously missed. It is also possible to visit the nearby Gomantong Caves as an additional activity or in place of 2nd p.m river cruise for a small additional charge.
After dinner a river night safari where sometimes crocodiles, snakes and sleeping birds can be seen. Very rarely the elusive Flat Headed Cat has been spotted here, if this is of interest please let us know and we can inform the lodge accordingly for a special cruise, with surcharge.
Meal Included (B,L,D)
Day 12: Depart
Following breakfast, your transfer to Sandakan is included or to other destinations such as Danum or Tabin.
Meals Included: B,-,-
Tours inclusions: Accommodation, all Breakfast, some lunches and dinners, national park entry fees, specialise local guides, tours and transfers as mentioned,
Exclude: Flights, tipping, tourism tax, personal travel insurance, alcoholic drinks & items not mentioned.