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Wildlife holidays in Borneo with Naturetrek
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Wildlife holidays in Borneo

Tell me about Borneo …

The Malaysian Province of Sabah in northern Borneo is a prosperous state with a good infrastructure and excellent national parks system. Kota Kinabalu is Sabah’s affluent capital.

The impressive Mount Kinabalu (4,101 metres) is the highest mountain between the Himalaya and New Guinea. Mount Kinabalu National Park was established in 1964 to protect the massif and its surrounding area.
Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to help once captive or displaced Orang-utans learn to fend for themselves back in the wild.

Our Borneo specialist recommends..

"If you are a primate fan, then the ‘Borneo’s Orang-utans’ tour could be for you. We explore the rainforests of Borneo in search of Orang-utans as well as other birds and mammals. For a birdwatching orientated holiday why not try our ‘Mount Kinabulu & the Rainforests of Borneo’."

Tom Mabbett
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What’s special about the wildlife?

Borneo is home to the oldest rainforests on Earth. The Danum Valley contains one of the last remaining tracts of primary lowland diptocarp forest and is renowned as one of the very best natural history sites in South-east Asia.

Sabah boasts over 200 species of mammal, 450 species of bird, over 8,000 plant species and a myriad of different insects!

A host of primates inhabits Borneo’s rainforests, the two best known being Orang-utan and Proboscis Monkey.
Sabah’s birdlife is as spectacular as it is diverse. Special species to see include: Bornean Bristlehead, Storm’s Stork, Philippine Scrubfowl, Rhinoceros Hornbill and Whitehead’s Broadbill, plus Bornean and Black-throated Wren-babbler.

Naturetrek Tours to Borneo

We offer three holidays to Borneo: a 21-day bird watching tour to Sabah’s lowland and montane forests, an 11-day holiday focusing on Orang-utans; a bargain bird watching tour to Sabah.

Can I see Orang-utans?

Our 11-day ‘Borneo’s Orang-utans’ holiday, run in conjunction with the wildlife charity Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), includes a visit to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. Orang-utans are the principal focus of this holiday, but we will also enjoy many other wildlife highlights.

In addition, we are likely to see Orang-utans on all three of our wildlife holidays to Borneo.

What wildlife might I see?

  • We’ll look for a host of bird species including hornbills, wren-babblers, frogmouths, trogons, pittas & broadbills
  • Many primates inhabit Sabah, such as Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, gibbons, langurs & leaf monkeys
  • Other mammals include elephant, Banteng & flying squirrels
  • Plants such as Rafflesia & pitcher plants, plus some of the largest & most spectacular rainforest trees in the world
  • Our bargain bird watching holiday goes in search of the colourful avifauna of Borneo’s tropical forests & includes an optional extension to Mount Kinabalu National Park


I have done several previous trips, a number of which have been with Naturetrek, but, whilst they have all been exceptionally enjoyable, the Borneo trip from which I have just returned really blew me away. Being a primarily a mammal enthusiast, although also having a keen interest in birds, I was just overawed by being able to see Orang-utans in the wild. We had absolutely fantastic sightings and I was lucky enough to get some fabulous DVD footage and stills. Whilst our wildlife sightings really made for a fantastic trip, I think what made it really special was the quality of our guides. Wang, our local guide in Danum valley was amazing, finding us some really difficult stuff, but I want to give special mention to Osman and Chris. Osman was a fabulous personality and his knowledge was exceptional. As for Chris, what can I say, he was the most professional, knowledgeable, likeable guide I have ever had the privilege of travelling with. Not only were his spotting skills out of this world, he also showed real care for his clients and enthusiasm for getting them to see as much as possible. The trip would have been enjoyable anyway but with Chris as our leader our trip was absolutely fantastic. I hope that I get to travel with him in the future. He should be cloned and offered on every trip!!! Thanks again to Naturetrek for giving us yet another extremely enjoyable holiday.

Greater Manchester
Borneo's Orang-utans

Very well organised with attention to detail. Great care was taken to meet the needs of all members of the group. It was a real privilege to share the expertise of Terry Reis and Hazwan Suban. This was my first wildlife holiday and a genuine learning experience!

Borneo's Orang-utans

A most interested and enjoyable holiday...excellent leaders in the shape of Chris Kehoe, Hamit & Nadir... Their knowledge and enthusiasm was without bounds, to the extent that I became caught up init and am now a convert to bird-watching as well as mammal spotting. Without a doubt, I would consider another Naturetrek holiday.