Borneo is the third largest island in the world, and
comprises three separate countries - Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), Indonesia (Kalimantan) and the
Sultanate of Brunei. It is
one of the last remaining areas on earth where development for the sake of tourism
has not destroyed the potential wonders of the area.
The Borneo jungles are some of the oldest
undisturbed areas of rainforest in the world. Some of the best and most spectacular
areas of rainforest have been incorporated into National Parks, which to some
extent, are a good enough reason to make the effort to visit Borneo. You cannot help
but be captivated by the wonderful diversity of plant and wildlife to be
Visit Borneo Rainforest Lodge and experience an abundance of wildlife in the immediate vicinity of the lodge, including wild gibbon, leaf monkeys, Sumatran rhinoceros, orang-utan, and fascinating bird life, with over 270 species so far being identified.
Gone are the days of the impenetrable jungles with dangerous headhunters and tremendous hardship. Borneo is now open to the tourist and offers 5 and even 6 star (Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei) accommodation!
Visit Sabah, known for its sandy white beaches, clear water, beautiful corals and mountain peaks. It has often been said that Sabah is dominated by the mountains, and that Sarawak is riddled by rivers. In Sarawak, to travel up river by boat and watch the changing panorama of longhouses, forests, towns and farms is to catch the essence of travelling in the Borneo of old.
Enjoy trips to the various tribal areas. Borneo was
the home of some of the last of the world' s headhunters. It is only about 40 years
since the last heads were taken by some members of the Iban tribes of Sarawak.
Some of the older tribesmen have a head or two to their names. Relics of the
head-hunting days can still be seen in some of the villages. You can participate in a
visit to a Longhouse - the original condominium. The population of whole villages live
together in one long building which has separate living, eating and sleeping quarters.
Enjoy a meal or a drink of rice wine with the local people while they show you some
culture. Hospitality to visitors is a way of life in the longhouse.
Our regular Borneo tour itinerary suggestions range from 8 to 16 days duration. We are based in Australia and you will notice that some of the tours have a slant to departures from Australia, however, this does not mean that arrivals from any other part of the world cannot be accommodated. The tours aim to show you the highlights of the area without the necessity of having to trek through the jungle for days on end. Should one of these tours not suit your exact requirements, we will be pleased to design a tour especially for you. If a trek, however, is more your style, let us organise the trek you will not forget.
Grab your camera and a good telephoto lens (if you can lay your hands on a 300 mm telephoto lens or longer, you will be glad you made the effort), and join us for a truly unique experience!
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