WHY BORNEO?

 
 
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 found. 
 
 

Mother & Baby Orang-utansMother and Baby orangutans
No visit is complete without sighting the "wild man from Borneo" - the Orang-utan - either in the wild or in one of the rehabilitation centres in Sabah, Sarawak or Kalimantan. 

 

Jungle river cruiseKinabatangan jungle river trip
Visit Sukau in the East of Sabah, where you will find hornbills, egrets, macaques, elephants and sea eagles, as well as wild orang-utans and the Proboscis Monkeys which are found only in the coastal mangroves of Borneo. Take yourself on a late afternoon jungle river cruise and watch whole families of the monkeys crash through the trees and dive into the water. Visitors to the area have seen them diving 20 metres into rivers, then swimming strongly across the river with their webbed feet, trying to avoid the crocodiles! 

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 of their culture. Hospitality to visitors is a way of life in the longhouse. 
 
 

Dawn on Mt KinabaluView from Mt. Kinabalu at Dawn
If you are feeling energetic, climb South-East Asia's highest mountain - Mt. Kinabalu. It is a two day climb that most people with a reasonable level of fitness can undertake and enjoy. No special skills or equipment are required - other than warm clothing as it can get very cold on the mountain. From the summit on a clear morning, it is possible to see to the Philippines and beyond! 
 
 
 

 

Mulu CavesMulu caves
Adventure in Borneo can be whatever you, the tourist, would like it to be - from visiting and interacting at the largest orang-utan reserve in the world at Sepilok, to exploring some of the world's largest and most fascinating caves at Mulu. There is also the adrenalin rush of white water rafting, and trekking through a vast portion of the world's most beautiful flora and fauna. Bird and butterfly trips are readily available, as are botanical tours, mountain climbing, mountain bike tours, 4 wheel drive tours, and more. BORNEO TOUR  SPECIALISTS offers everything from leisurely sightseeing to hard adventure.  

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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Additional photographs on this page are courtesy of Royal Mulu Resort (Mulu Caves), Albert Teo (Kinabatangan) and Borneo Adventure, Kuching (Mt. Kinabalu).
 
 
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