THE VERY BEST of BORNEO

Wednesday 03 April 2024 - 13 days

DARE TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED, but don’t do it alone. You’ll be in great company with us at Solent Events – and we’re all local!

ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT!  As at 05 Oct 23

An island of unchartered jungles and tribal culture, our Borneo holiday exudes adventure! Discover ‘headhunter’ heritage, see a wealth of wildlife, delve deep into nature and meet the beautiful orangutans of Sabah and Sarawak on this incredible journey.

Wendy WU just loves the magic of Borneo … and coincidently, as I write this, Wendy’s own CEO Glen Mintrim is there at the moment and will be ready to tell me all about his adventures over lunch when he returns to Stubbington next month, so if YOU have any questions to ask, let me know!

This is what Wendy Wu has to say about this wonderful island:
“April is also one of the best months to visit Borneo, as dry weather dominates. It also has some of the best conditions for trekking/walking, and the best chance of seeing orangutans, as it is home to half of all of the known plant and animal species on the planet. But it’s not all about hacking your way through the jungle these days and there definitely isn’t a tribesman with a blowpipe behind every tree! Your holiday will be as adventure-filled as you want it to be!

What Borneo has to offer is unique – a magical mash-up of incredible nature, tribal heritage, beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan cities.

Orangutans. Need we say more? In actual fact, there is a whole lot more to Borneo’s wildlife than just these majestic orange rascals. There are about 222 species of mammal that call Borneo home, 44 of which are endemic, and 420 species of bird. In the vast tracts of equatorial rainforest that remain undiscovered, there could be species of mammals, birds and insects that we don’t even know about yet. The big hitters here though, aside from the orangutan, clouded leopards, slow lorises, sun bears, pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys. Trying to spot these elusive creatures during our trip will certainly keep us on our toes – during the daytime walks and the night time ones too!

The Natural Beauty of exploring Borneo is like being dropped into a Nature Documentary – concentrate really hard and you can almost hear the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough floating on the breeze. It goes without saying that such an incredible roster of wildlife would need spectacular scenery to live in. Whilst some of the island can still happily be classed as true wilderness, one of the best things about Borneo is how accessible the nature is. Ancient rainforest, cathedral sized caverns, riverine habitats and even the jagged peaks of Mt Kinabalu are protected in national parks, which offer a variety of different trails or boat trips that allow explorations to be as adventurous as you like.

With its Tribal Culture, Borneo as a whole is a culturally diverse place, but it is the heritage of the indigenous groups that make up 11% of the truly unique ethnic mix in Malaysian Borneo. Under this umbrella term are a huge array of tribes living in the forest, in the hills and on the coast. These tribes are keeping alive much of the religions, customs and ways of life of their ancestors as well as retaining their spiritual links to the rainforest. Today, you are able to visit some of these once isolated communities to see their traditional dwellings and learn about their culture or try Sarawak Cultural Village, a great introduction to the area’s many tribes. Oh, and not to worry, the Iban people don’t really go in for headhunting anymore!

Borneo is blessed with beautiful beaches – you know the ones, crystal clear waters, swaying palms, fine soft sand… Perfect for some relaxation time after exploring the island’s other wonders. There are incredible stretches of coastline on the north coast, offering many untouched, often secluded beaches. The sea around Borneo is teeming with life including healthy populations of turtles. If you do fancy doing more than just dabbling your toes in the water, make sure you’ve got a mask and snorkel to truly enjoy this enchanting underwater world. (I definitely will be!)

Borneo’s food is influenced by a delicious mix of Malay, Chinese & Indian cuisine, as well as the traditional dishes enjoyed by the tribes and indigenous groups of the island. The latter are renowned for making use of abundant native ingredients. Flavours are vibrant and intense thanks to locally grown spices, whilst fish and exotic fruits and vegetables often feature. The different ethnic mixes of people in each area of the island means that things are never boring – there’ll always be a different flavour combination or cooking style to discover. What is the best way to sample all this deliciousness? Kota Kinabalu, one of Malaysian Borneo’s main cities, has a buzzing street food scene – where you can finally enjoy roti, laksa and nasi lemak all in one sitting!”

In summary, Borneo is an island of unchartered jungles and tribal culture. Borneo is a destination that exudes adventure! We will discover ‘headhunter’ heritage, see a wealth of wildlife, delve deep into nature and meet the beautiful orangutans of Sabah and Sarawak during this incredible itinerary. 

NB. For the comfort of all our clients, a maximum of 16 (+/- 1  or 2) passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events tour, so if you fancy joining us, please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – and before the rest of the world discovers this wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience with our favourite Asia Tour operator, Wendy Wu! Our Sri Lanka tour sold out in 24-hours, this one could be the same!

Physical Rating: 1
A reasonable level of fitness is required, but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering long distances or trekking/hiking. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

For full details of this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Solent Events on Tour, please have a browse through the proposed itinerary below and see if it’s for you.

An EARLYBIRD PRICE of £4,949 and deposit of just £199pp (booked before 10 March) is required or £4,999pp and £350 deposit after 10 March 

If you have any questions please call Lin on 07977 065885 | 02392 501803 or pop in to our TRAVEL SHOWCASE at Bayside Cabin, Stokes Bay, Gosport on Friday between 10am & 1pm.

IMAGES: Sumatran orangutan; Western tarsier; Borneo Orangutan; Malayan sun bear

An Exclusive Solent Events Tour at a great price - maximum 16 guests

Only £4,949pp inclusive

Deposit £350pp 

What's Included?

What's Not Included?

ABOVE:  Abai Jungle Lodge & My Nature Lodge

Above: Ramada Suites, KL & Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with our favourite and trusted
Asia|
China specialists, Wendy Wu Tours,
who are fully bonded
by ABTA, ATOL & IATA.

ALL FLIGHTS, TRANSPORT, HOTELS & LODGES, EXCURSIONS & MOST MEALS ARE INCLUDED. 

PROVISIONAL itinerary:
Exact departure & arrival times to be finalised at a later date:

Day 1

Flight from UK to Kuala Lumpur
Wednesday 03 April 2024
0500
                            Luxury Coach travel to London Heathrow (LHR Terminal 4) from four local pick-up points. The comfort of an airport lounge
1025                             Overnight Flight: MH003 Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur  

DAY 2
Kuala Lumpur – 2 nights
Thursday 04 April 
0715                               Arrive Kuala Lumpur Airport. Transfer to Ramada Suites by Wyndham Hotel for some R & R with time to explore, use the hotel facilities or perhaps dive into the rooftop pool for some fantastic views of this iconic city!
Accommodation:        Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLLCC  
Rooms:                         
Studio Executive
Meals:                            Breakfast provided on flight. Dinner

DAY 3
Friday 05 April 
Kuala Lumpur 
Full day tour of Malaysia’s most iconic towers and cuisine.
Menara Kuala Lumpur, or KL Tower. Breath-taking views at the height of 300m above ground level from Sky Deck. Window seat at Atmosphere 360 revolving restaurant for authentic Malay and international lunch.
Visit to the largest museum of Islamic arts in South East Asia with more than seven thousands artefacts from the Islamic world and the majestic Sultan Abdul Samad Building, once headquarters for British colonial administrators.
Accommodation:        Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLLCC  
Rooms:                         
Studio Executive
Meals:                            Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 – Short flight to Borneo
Saturday 06 April – 1 night
Kuala Lumpur/Sandakan – Sepilok
Transfer to the airport (approx 50 mins) Flights are currently out of date range so times are approximate (as at Feb2023)
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH2710
1020      Depart Kuala Lumpur 
1310      Arrive Sandakan
Within 30 minutes we will be in one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world at the MY Nature Resort for the start of our wild Borneo adventure!
Sabah, Sandakan is regarded as the Nature City where within the city, one can look over the teal-blue waters with distant fishermen, visit the very popular Sepilok Orangutan Rehabiliation Centre and discover why it is regarded so highly as a wildlife, nature and historical tourist destination.
1800      Witness the Flying Squirrels in action plus a guided night walk with our in-house guide, which will take place before or after dinner depending on the weather conditions.
Accommodation:       My Nature Lodge, Sepilok    
Meals:
                           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5
Sunday 07 April – 1 night
Sepilok – Abai

1000    We walk to the Orangutans feeding platform where we will watch them being fed . At this centre the Orangutans are being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat. Experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo and visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
1100    The next part of our tour – to Abai by boat from the Sandakan Jetty departing at noon. This wonderful journey of discovery starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through magnificent Mangrove Forest. Lunch today will be at a Jungle restaurant.
After Lunch, we check in to the Abai Jungle Lodge with free time to relax, before searching for wildlife until the sun sets. We return to the lodge for dinner.
It’s non-stop wildlife as we again experience the Jungle at night to search for birds, insects and other wildlife with the guidance of our professional nature guide.
Accommodation:       Abai Jungle Lodge   
Meals:
                           Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6:
Monday 08 April – 1 night
Abai – Sukau
Wake up to the various calls of nature for a day of cruising and observing the fantastic wildlife!  An early morning river trip to Pitas Lake, to observe wildlife such as the Monkeys in the trees and the lake shore plus many species of birds flying overhead. Pygmy elephants roam the undergrowth and wild orangutans rest or search for food in the trees.

After breakfast, we join a tree planting project with the locals and enjoy a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village and cruise up river to Sukau village in search of more wildlife, arriving at Sukau, to check in the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

Late afternoon, we take another river cruise to Menanggul River and return to the lodge for dinner.
Accommodation:    Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge 
Meals:                        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7
Tuesday 08 April – 2 nights
Sakau – Lahad Datu – Danum Valley
Our early morning transfer from Sukau to Lahad Datu, means we also arrive early to make our way to the Borneo Nature Tours office for an official registration and debriefing.
0930 Overland drive to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, the largest protected area of lowland rainforest in Sabah covering almost 43,800 hectares. After dinner at the hotel, we experience a night drive in an open-top vehicle to search for nocturnal animals moving around in their natural environment.
Accommodation:       Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Meals:                           
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8
Wednesday 10 April

Danum Valley
Stock up your energy levels with an early breakfast at the Lodge before trekking into the Danum Valley towards the Kadazandusun burial site to witness the spiritual beauty of Coffin Cliff and traces of the ancient culture that once dwelled there. We also experience the dense jungle first-hand, walking through the canopy to the viewpoint to take in the astonishing birds-eye views. A well-earned refreshing dip in the jacuzzi pool follows, before lunch at the Lodge. More adventures in the afternoon, as you choose between land, on a jungle trail trek, or water, on a thrilling tubing ride down the Danum River! Dinner this evening is in the Lodge with a guided night-walk to join the nocturnal creatures in the jungle.

Accommodation:       Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Meals:                           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9
Thursday 11 April
Danum Valley – via Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu – 3 nights

We prepare to leave this heavenly jungle landscape behind today but after an early breakfast at the Lodge it is the chance to spend the morning at leisure. Trade wildlife snaps with fellow guests, surrender to your slovenly side and snooze in bed or catch a final look around the picturesque Lodge grounds before lunch.
The drive on the narrow dirt trail takes us back to Lahad Datu airport for an early evening flight back to Kota Kinabalu for 3 nights of sun, sea, sand and breathtaking fiery sunsets!

Flight times: To be advised

Our journey ends once again in the centre of nature, where sea meets rainforest at Koto Kinabalu, with 3-nights to unwind after the excitement of Borneo’s jungles. After check in we enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the coastal city, known for its bustling markets, modern broadway, marina, beaches and waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. Friendly locals, blossoming arts and a lively music scene with a rich culinary spectrum span street food to high end restaurants – but all are inexpensive, in busy Kota Kinabalu.
Accommodation:       Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu
Meals:                         Breakfast     

DAYS 10 and 11
Friday 12 April & Saturday 13 April
Kota Kinabalu – Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

DAYS AT LEISURE
Set amidst a nature reserve overlooking the resort features elegantly furnished guest rooms, outdoor swimming pools, golf course and restaurants with 6 dining options. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout. Offering a vast selection of international cuisines, such as Japanese, Western, Malaysian and Oriental, this resort also offers a beachside bar and a music lounge for a relaxing drink. You definitely won’t need to wander far!

Outdoor activities at the hotel include: such as horse riding, bike hire & village tours, quad bike hire, jungle trekking and twilight River Cruise. Alternatively, guests can indulge in a variety of spa treatments at the in-house spa.

Accommodation:       Shangri La’s Rasa Resort & Spa  
Meals:                           Breakfast

DAY 12
Sunday 14 April
Kota Kinabalu – Kuala Lumpur – London

NB. Flights are currently out of date range so all of the following times are approximate.

1530                            Meet driver in lobby for airport transfer    
1905                            Flight MH 2631 to Kuala Lumpur
2145                            Arrive Kuala Lumpur
2330                            Flight MH002 to London
Meals:                         Breakfast and those provided on flights

DAY 13
Monday 14 April
0535                            Arrive London Heathrow T4
0630                            Meet coach for journey home
0830                            Arrive home area
Meals:                        Those provided on the flight

FINAL times will be confirmed nearer the time and in your personal Travel Pack, to be posted or hand delivered to you approximately 10/12 days before departure.

CLIMATE  
City Average      Temperate          Monthly Rainfall
Kuching                   28°c                     273mm
Kota Kinabalu         28°c                    114mm
Sandakan                28°c                    107mm
Average 8-hours of sunshine : Min Temp 24°c 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS EXCITING ONCE-IN-LIFETIME ADVENTURE TO THIS FANTASTIC ISLAND, please contact us as soon as possible by completing the online booking form below or telephoning Lin to discuss further, or to pay your deposit of £350pp. Tel: 02392 501803 | 07977 065885 

VISA
UK Nationals do not require A visa for stays in Malaysian Borneo of up to three months
, but on arrival into an airport in the Borneo states of Sabah (Kota Kinabalu), you will be asked to complete a declaration card before proceeding through the immigration channels.

As per itinerary above.

Full details of each hotel and lodge will be added shortly.

For most short-term travellers the usual recommended vaccinations for Borneo include cover against the childhood diseases (Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella), as well as cover against the food and water borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Please ensure your routine NHS vaccinations & boosters are all up to date, by contacting your Doctor or Travel Clinic as soon as possible.

  • Recommended Vaccinations for Borneo at a Glance
    All Travellers: MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and DTa (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)
  • Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
    Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies


Routine vaccinations include:

  • Covid-19 Two vaccines and booster

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, seasonal flu vaccine (if indicated), MMR, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.

  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Diphtheria; Tetanus.

  • Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid.

  • Selectively advised vaccines – only for those individuals at highest risk: Japanese Encephalitis.

  • No yellow fever vaccination certificate required for Borneo unless travelling directly form a Yellow-Fever infected country.

    For those trekking in Borneo or staying for longer periods, cover against Hepatitis B and Rabies should be considered. Malaria Prophylaxis may need to be considered depending on the itinerary – TBC for Borneo.

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