Explore the natural wonders Malaysia has to offer and experience close encounters with the native wildlife. This package can be added to any Malaysia holiday and will provide an unforgettable journey of discovery.
*Price based on seat-in coach tour departing on Wednesdays. Private tour available for £1,080 per person with daily departures.
On arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport, meet with our guide and transfer to your hotel. At around 13:00 depart for the Mari Mari Cultural Village, located amidst a remote forest setting in Kionsom, Inanam, 25 minutes from the city. Upon arrival at the village, you will be ushered to various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic communities – the Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau and Murut, while the friendly village guide will give you a thorough introduction to the different houses, customs and ritualistic ceremonies which are enacted to enable guests to get acquainted with each village tribe and experience their rich culture. You will see demonstrations on blowpipe-making, fire-starting using bamboo, tattoo-making, and will have a chance to dance and jump on the Lansaran, a traditional trampoline-like floor. Sample Sabahan traditional delicacies and enjoy a cultural show performance followed by a delectable traditional high tea, before being transferred back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.
This morning depart for Kinabalu National Park (located 85 km east of Kota Kinabalu; travelling time approximately 2½ hrs). On the way, pass by small towns and villages and stop at Nabalu Fruit Market for a break. Then visit Poring Hot Springs, a natural wonder where hot sulphur bubbles out of the earth; whilst there, a must-visit is the canopy walkway (41 m) span for 157 m from tree to tree, a rare opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the rain forest. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue on to Kinabalu National Park. Experience one the park’s trails and enjoy the impressive view of Mount Kinabalu. Visit also the Exhibition Hall, and the Mountain Garden (one of the most popular attractions at the Park). Afterwards, towards the end of the afternoon, proceed to the nearby resort and check in.
After breakfast we depart for Sandakan across the ridges of the Crocker Range, passing native villages and oil palm estates among others, and enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery. On arrival at Sandakan town (expected around 1330 hrs), check in to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Today you will be picked up from the hotel in Sandakan and drive to Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre, where you will observe man’s closest relative being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat, and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. Afterwards, visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. This centre manages to improve the living condition of the rescued sun bear and release their natural behaviours in the 2.5 ha enclosed forest. Depart Sepilok Centre and transfer to jetty in Sandakan for schedule boat departure at 12:00, take an hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary where you will take your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea off Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of mangrove forest. Check in and relax at the lodge’s nature boardwalk; be sure to bring along your binoculars – you might have the chance to spot the wild orang-utan, silver leaf monkeys, birds and more…
Late in the afternoon, you’ll be experiencing a cruise to search for wildlife until the sunset while enjoying a cup of coffee and by night falls continue the night cruise to witness the fireflies as Christmas Tree. Return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, again experience the “Jungle at night” at our nature boardwalk to search for birds, snakes, insects and other wildlife with the nature guide.
Wake up to the calls of nature. After an early morning river trip to Pitas Lake to observe more wildlife, you are invited to join our tree planting project with the locals, and enjoy a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village. This project is specially designed to help the locals. After lunch, cruise upriver to Sukau village in search of primates, especially the wild orangutan, birds, pygmy elephants and other wildlife. Arrive in Sukau, and check in at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. In the late afternoon, take another river cruise to the Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer by boat back to Sandakan. Enjoy another chance for wildlife sightings during the 2-hour journey, with a short break in Abai. Upon arrival at Sandakan jetty, transfer to your hotel or proceed to the airport.
4* Kota Kinabalu
Experience five-star Sabahan hospitality at one of the leading Kota Kinabalu hotels, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. This luxury hotel in Kota Kinabalu is a mere 15 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, offering a central location in the heart of the city close to tourist attractions and stunning views of the famed sunsets in Kota Kinabalu.
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Celyn Resort Kinabalu is just a touch away from Sabah’s pride and joy, Mount Kinabalu. Furnished with luxurious trimmings, your stay with us will leave you fully pampered from the moment you arrive as we mesmerise you with our friendly service and hospitality.
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Abai Jungle Lodge
The newly built Abai Jungle lodge is located in a large swath of preserved secondary forest on the lower Kinabatangan River. The lodge features 24 stilted rooms with individual bathrooms, hot water shower, ceiling fan (no a/c), netted windows, and 24 hour electricity.
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.