The Biodiversity of Borneo
Sandakan to Jakarta
This privately guided small group expedition showcases the Biodiversity of Borneo. An ideal expedition for those wanting to experience the best the island has to offer. From the scenic Kinabatangan River and Dannum Valley in Sabah, through the picturesque Mulu National Park in Sarawak to the spectacular rainforests and Orang-Utans of Tanjung Puting National Park, we gain an insight to what the entire island once looked like and marvel at the biodiversity that exists in the heart of the Malay Archipelago. Our Journey begins in Sandakan where we travel by boat along the spectacular lower Kinabatangan River to our destination in Sukau. Here we spend three days taking boat journeys out along the waterways in the early mornings and late afternoons in search of wildlife. From here we travel to the Dannum Valley conservation area to spend three days exploring this pristine and undisturbed tropical wilderness. Then we transfer via Kota Kinabalu to Mulu National Park in northern Sarawak. We have two days to discover the caves that make the region famous. From Mulu we travel to Kalimantan Tengah to visit Tanjung Puting National Park. He we are surrounded by spectacular rainforest and peat swamp environments, the preferred habitats of the endemic proboscis monkeys and Orang-Utans. We will spend time walking through the park and visiting the world famous Camp Leakey.
The Highlights of Borneo
Sandakan to Jakarta
From Sandakan we travel to the Kinabatangan river in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Described as Malaysia’s gift to the earth. It is the third longest river is Malaysia and provides one of the best opportunities to see wild orang-utans and bornean 'pygmy' elephants. We will spend three days here to take advantage of all that the river and surrounding rainforests have to offer. From the Kinabatangan we travel to Sandakan and visit Labuk Bay Proboscis reserve to see these endemic and endangered primates at close quarters. We then depart Sabah and head to to Kalimantan Tengah where we visit Tanjung Puting National Park. Here we will spend two and a half days discovering all that this national park has to offer. Tanjung Puting is home to the world famous Camp Leakey and there is nowhere better on the planet to view Orangutans in their natural habitat. After an exhilarating few days we complete our journey by travelling to Jakarta for our guests to meet their onward international flights.
Ancient Temples, Ancestors & Cultures
Jakarta to Jakarta
From Jakarta we travel to Yogyakarta and spend two days marvelling at the ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. For the adventurous among us we will make an early morning trek to watch the sun rise from Borobudur, a sight not to be missed. From Yogyakarta we fly to Makassar and gain an insight into the valuable spice trade that made these island chains the centre of the world between the 16th and 18th centuries. From Makassar we travel into the central highlands of Sulawesi, to a land that time forgot. We will visit the traditional Torajan people, a culture that has remained unchanged for centuries, despite outside influences. You will marvel at the spectacular lush and fertile scenery that abounds throughout the region whilst being amazed and often bewildered by the Torajan ancient custom of ‘Aluk to Dolo’ – the way of the ancestors. We spend three days in Tana Toraja to fully appreciate the ancient landscape and people. From Toraja we travel to Kalimantan Tengah, to view the ancient rainforests and peat swamps of Tanjung Puting National Park. Tanjung Puting is home to the world famous Camp Leakey and there is nowhere better on the planet to view Orangutans in their natural habitats. After an exhilarating few days we complete our journey by returning to Jakarta for our guests to meet their onward international flights.