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This wonderful trip offers a fabulous way to experience Borneo’s spectacular rainforest and wildlife, and to unwind after your trek!
Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary is one of the highlights of any visit to Sabah. Surrounded by a 43km2 Forest Reserve, the centre was set up in 1964 and re-introduces rescued or orphaned orang-utans to the wild. The released apes often retain the habits they have learned at the centre and regularly come back to the feeding stations, giving us a wonderful opportunity to observe them.
We continue our wildlife discovery with a river safari on Kinabatangan River. Malaysia’s second-longest river, the Kinabatangan flows across Sabah; the lower Kinabatangan was designated a Wildlife Sanctuary in 2005. This protected eco-system is widely considered to be one of the best places to view wildlife in South-East Asia.
We cruise the waterways, exploring rainforest, ox-bow lakes and mangrove swamps, looking out for proboscis monkeys, orang-utans, gibbons, crocodiles and pygmy elephants, and birdlife such as hornbills and kingfishers. We stay for two nights in an eco-friendly river lodge, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings – a wonderful place to enjoy the serenity of the river and rainforest surroundings.
This trip is remote and fairly adventurous with some early starts to maximise wildlife-spotting, but there’s plenty of time to relax and watch the river go by!
Just ten minutes from Kota Kinabalu, treat yourself to some 5* luxury at this wonderful beach hotel, set among 25 acres of exotic gardens overlooking a wide sweeping bay on the South China Sea. The hotel’s marina offers a variety of boat trips and watersports; a highlight is a trip to the neighbouring tropical islands, part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, where the clear blue water offers fascinating snorkelling amongst the colourful coral. Or simply relax and enjoy the beach cabanas, swimming pool with infinity area, and fabulous sunset bar. For ultimate pampering, there’s also a luxury spa. This is the perfect way to relax after the rigours of your trek!
Once in resort, this extension does not have an organised itinerary. You can arrange activities through the hotel and are free to spend your time as you wish.
I'm absolutely thrilled to have made it , even if at a slow & steady pace.We had a great bunch of people on the trip, and I'd like to say that Eva did a great job of seeing us all through with patience, humour, professionalism and a caring concern for us. I'm thinking about what I can do for next year now, Patagonia is top of the list!
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The trek, mountain climb and especially the extension (because that was my main reason for going!) was fantastic, thank you! I think we were very lucky with the weather and a great group, especially Eva! I almost thought I wouldn’t make the summit due to a bad back but I did it! Eva was just fantastic, as it was my first trek, I wasn’t sure what to expect but she made everything clear and less worrying! She was very supportive and felt more like a friend than the tour leader very quickly. She has a great personality for her job and was motivating and funny as well as sensitive to anyone who may have been struggling or feeling sore, worried or overwhelmed. Thanks again – I believe our trust is already planning another one for next year!
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This was my first such experience and challenge and I only wish I hadn't waited so long!
The Kinabalu Rainforest Trek was truly stunning. Being immersed in the jungle, completely out of my comfort zone was totally exhilarating. I always felt the support of our Tour Leader, Eva, and the local crew. The trek was made even more spectacular with the climb of Mount Kinabalu. I'm so pround of what we as a group achieved that day, pushing past what we were thought were our limits and realising they were not even close. The river safari extension is highly recommended. I was blown away by the wildlife we saw on Kinabatangan River!
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The challenge left me physically and emotionally exhausted and excillarated. I was terrified before I started and amazed that DA helped me achieve so much. Thank you.