Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 10 Travelers
A very important feature of our Borneo adventure is the limited group size, as nature expeditions are best experienced in a quieter and more intimate context.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Arrival and departure airport transfers (if you are staying at The Ranee Boutique Suites or Hyatt Regency Kinabalu), accommodations, land transportation, meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, drinking water throughout the trip and soft drinks at meals, services of an NHA Expedition Leader and local guides, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Transportation from your home city to Kuching, Borneo, and from Kota Kinabalu back to your home city, internal flights, passport fees, optional activities, early arrival or late departure airport transfers (if you are not staying at The Ranee Boutique Suites or Hyatt Regency Kinabalu), items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, Internet, etc.), alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Moderate to Difficult
Travelers must be able to walk unassisted for a minimum of 3 miles over uneven ground, as well as tolerate daily active excursions in extremely hot and humid rain forest conditions, in order to participate in this trip. The itinerary involves a number of medium- to longer-length walks (typically 2-3 miles each) over a variety of terrain, including boardwalks and unpaved forest trails that can be rough, muddy, slippery and uneven with roots, with some steep inclines. These walks can be quite taxing in the hot and humid climate. Shorter walks may be available in some areas in place of more strenuous activities for those who choose. Those who can walk longer distances (approximately 5-6 miles round-trip) and climb a steep staircase with a hand railing will have the chance to explore the caves of Mulu. Note that caves visited on this itinerary can be slippery, some have sections with low ceilings, and are lit by periodically spaced lights. We also travel by vehicle and boat over variable conditions that can sometimes be quite bumpy. Those with back problems or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions should take this into consideration. Please note that some travel days can be long with multiple flights, and internal flights may require guests to climb up and down several sets of stairs.
Important Information About This Trip
Most of our guests travel to Borneo for encounters with the island’s wildlife. While the nature experiences here are indeed remarkable, there is a fundamental difference between a safari in the Bornean jungle and a typical safari in Africa. At times, guests lured to Borneo by tourist brochures promising “jungle safaris” can be disappointed to see fewer animals than they expected, or at least fewer than they might normally see in Africa. It is not that the surviving jungles are thinly populated with wildlife, but, similar to places like Costa Rica where the forest is thick with vegetation, the creatures have mastered the art of camouflage and deception and can be difficult to spot. At Nat Hab we design our itineraries to capitalize on the best conditions to spot orangutans and other wildlife. But various factors can affect potential sightings, including the occurrence of inclement weather. The secret to a successful Borneo nature adventure lies with the expertise of our Expedition Leaders and local guides, as well as knowing what to expect, and in understanding that the privilege of stepping into a wild and untouched natural realm is a reward in itself.
Since the areas we travel to on this extension are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat’s medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays, to lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation or comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer through Travelex by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Please arrive in Kuching in time to meet your group for lunch at 12 pm on Day 1, followed by an afternoon guided tour. You are free to depart Kota Kinabalu at any time on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.