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Essential Borneo

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Essential Borneo

You and Borneo meet in Kota Kinabalu – we think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Get hot and sweaty climbing up Mt Kinabalu, then hot and wet-ty soaking in the Poring Hot Springs on the way down. Plus, orangutans in Sepilok! And (potentially) elephants along the Kinabatangan River! Try not to indulge in too much ikan panggang (stingray – a local delicacy), but we won’t blame you if you do. This 11-day adventure of what Borneo has to offer is certainly a challenge, but is well worth the rewards along the way.

  • Kinabatangan - Cultural Show
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon wildlife cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Morning River Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Cooking lesson
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Mt Kinabalu - 2 day climb
  • This is one of only two places in the world you can see wild orangutans – meet these friendly fellas swinging around, climbing up trees and just generally living their jungle life in the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Monkeys, primates and simians everywhere! Well, here’s hoping as you cruise past the wildlife-filled banks of the Kinabatangan River.
  • Good mountains are hard to climb, but you’ll be a conqueror of epic Mt Kinabalu, with a spectacular sunrise experience at the summit.
  • Relax and recharge your weary limbs in the steamy Poring Hot Springs after you tackle Mt Kinabalu.
  • Bar hop through Kota Kinabalu on a leader-led celebratory adventure of the waterfront. Spend some time with your travel mates and grab yourself some dinner and drinks – you’ll deserve it after your active days!
  • Adventure and Active
About Intrepid Travel
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We get it – travel’s a big decision. It’s not every day you fly across the world to wander the souks of Marrakech or enjoy a dreamy Angkor sunrise. But for us, it’s been our everyday for the past three decades (whew, we’re old). Let’s just say we know what travellers really want: a balance of inclusions and free time, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google. And of course, an authentic real life experience.

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Feb 05, 2023 through
Feb 15, 2023
Feb 1, 2023 7:00 PM
10 Nights from
$1,690.00 (USD)
Per Person
Jul 03, 2022 through
Dec 25, 2022
Dec 21, 2022 7:00 PM
10 Nights from
$1,850.00 (USD)
Per Person
Various departures
Mar 05, 2023 through
May 21, 2023
May 17, 2023 7:00 PM
10 Nights from
$2,000.00 (USD)
Per Person
Various departures
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Day Destination
1 Kota Kinabalu
2 Kinabatangan River
3 Kinabatangan River
4 Sepilok
5 Sepilok
6 Kinabalu National Park
7 Mt Kinabalu
8 Poring Hot Springs
9 Poring Hot Springs
10 Kota Kinabalu
11 Kota Kinabalu
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.