Orangutans & islands of Borneo

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Rich equatorial rainforest, wild orangutan and the Kinabatangan River... On a tailor-made vacation to Borneo with Audley, you’ll see the highlights — and much more — your way. We’ll design your ideal trip with you, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our Borneo specialists know the country inside out and can lead you t...
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Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Wander the back streets and enjoy a river side stroll in the colonial city of Kuching.
    • Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Iban tribe as you overnight in a traditional longhouse located on the banks of a river in the middle of the jungle.
    • Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you will see the work being done to rehabilitate rescued orangutan.
    • Take a boat through the jungle covered backwaters of the Kinabatangan River.
    • Relax on tropical Gaya, a rainforest covered island off Kota Kinabalu.

What's this trip about?

    Rich equatorial rainforest, wild orangutan and the Kinabatangan River... On a tailor-made vacation to Borneo with Audley, you’ll see the highlights — and much more — your way. We’ll design your ideal trip with you, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our Borneo specialists know the country inside out and can lead you to experiences you won’t find in a guidebook.Rich equatorial rainforest, wild orangutan and the Kinabatangan River... On a tailor-made vacation to Borneo with Audley, you’ll see the highlights — and much more — your way. We’ll design your ideal trip with you, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our Borneo specialists know the country inside out and can lead you to experiences you won’t find in a guidebook.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizePrivate - your group only
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityKuching
End CityKota Kinabalu

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Safari
  • Scuba Diving


  • Asia
  • Malaysia


  • Borneo
  • Kota Kinabalu


  • Culture
  • History
  • Kayaking
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Safari
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife viewing

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Day 1 Kuching


Arriving into Kuching you'll meet an Audley representative before being taken to your hotel by private transfer, with the rest of the today at leisure. You might like to head to Jalan Ban Hock, known locally as "new town", which has a hub of vibrant local restaurants and street stalls.

Day 2 Kuching


Explore Kuching on a private guided walking tour of this quaint riverside city. Your guide can show you the temple and churches as well as Fort Margherita and the stately Istana Palace. The Sarawak Museum is particularly fascinating, with an extensive ...

Day 3 Kuching


Today you will journey by land and boat to Bako National Park enjoying some light trekking before having a home hosted lunch in Bako Village.

Day 4 Lemanak River

 Kuching ,  Lemanak River

Drive to the Lemanak River today, stopping at Semenggok Orang-utan Sanctuary for feeding time, a traditional market in Serian, a pepper farm and a local restaurant on the way. Accompanied by a private guide, it's a great way to explore...

Day 5 Kuching

 Lemanak River ,  Kuching

After breakfast your private guide takes you on a nature trail in the area surrounding the longhouse. See a blowpipe demonstration, which you are welcome to try for yourself. Lunch is served on the riverbank where you also have the cha...

Day 6 Sandakan

 Kuching ,  Kota Kinabalu ,  Sandakan

This morning drive to the airport by private transfer to catch your short flight to Sandakan, with a short connection in Kota Kinabalu. On arrival in Sandakan you'll be met by an Audley representative and driven by private transfer to Sepilok Nature resort in time for dinner.

Day 7 Kinabatangan River

 Sandakan ,  Kinabatangan River

Enter Sepilok orang-utan rehabilitation centre this morning to see the 10am orang-utan feeding as part of a small group tour. After this, head in the jungle with a journey up the Kinabatangan River and on to your riverside lodge....

Day 8 Kinabatangan River

 Kinabatangan River

Rise early for a second trip on the river and the chance to visit the nearby ox-bow lake. The early morning is one of the best times of the day to spot wildlife. Breakfast is served back at the lodge. You have free time back at the lodge to ...

Day 9 Gaya Island

 Kinabatangan River ,  Sandakan ,  Kota Kinabalu ,  Gaya Island

After breakfast travel back to Sandakan by boat to transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu with a small group of hotel guests. On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you'll be met and transferred to the dock to catch your 25 minute shared speedboat to the tropical Gaya Island.

Day 10 Gaya Island

 Gaya Island

Today you are free to relax or explore the island. You might like to take a guided nature walk through the dipterocarp forest which surrounds the hotel with the resort's resident naturalist, with the opportunity to spot flying squirrels, proboscis monkey and other wildlife.

Day 11 Gaya Island

 Gaya Island

Today is free to relax. Located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Gaya Island Resort is surrounded by a vibrant array of marine life. On your free day today, you might like to visit the hotel's Marine Centre which focuses on turtle rescue and ...

Day 12 Gaya Island

 Gaya Island

A final day on Gaya Island today. A variety of excursions are available to book through the hotel including a guided kayak through the surrounding mangrove forests, or a private deep sea fishing lesson.

Day 13 Return home

 Gaya Island ,  Kota Kinabalu

This morning catch a shared speedboat transfer back to Kota Kinabalu where you're met and driven to the airport for your onwards flights.

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Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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