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Borneo has a very rich and diverse eco system with an estimated 1200 species of orchid and 13 primate species. It is haven for birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The abundance of flora-fauna makes Sabah a real visual treat for any wildlife enthusiast. Observe the impressive, 4100m high Mt Kinabalu and the surrounding countryside, along with the chance to see Hawskbill Turtles and Orangutans in their natural environment.
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  • Ascent of Mount Kinabalu
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehab Centre
  • Selingan or Turtle Island
  • Boat trip to Sukau R.F.L
  • Sunrise on top of Mount Kinabalu
  • Rainforest Canopy Walk
Day 1 - Kota Kinabalu

Arrive Kota Kinabalu

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-la
  • Basis: Breakfast Only
Day 2 - Kota Kinabalu

Mt Kinabalu World Heritage Site & Poring Hot Pools

Today you’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven through Dunsun villages and markets over the crocker range on your way to the Education Centre and Mountain Gardens of Mt Kinabalu. This is home to various species of flowering Rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, oak trees and birds. At night temperatures in the park are around 14°C - 25°C, so warm clothing is advised. The hot pools are a complete contrast to the cool environment of Kinabalu Park; with steaming, sulphurous water, channelled into pools and tubs for visitors to relax their aching muscles.

  • Accommodation: Mt KK Park Accommodation
  • Basis: Full Board
Day 3 - to Laban Rata

Ascent of Mount Kinabalu

After breakfast you’re transferred to Timpohon Gate to start the 4-6 hour trek up Mt Kinabalu to Laban Rata at 10,700 ft (3,261m) with your local mountain guide.

Look around as you climb for some of the flowers and pitcher plants along the lower parts of the trail and watch as the surrounding flora changes its appearance the higher you go before hitting the alpine plants of the base camp.
Temperatures can be as low as 3°C - 9°C so warm clothing is advised.

  • Accommodation: Laban Rata Base Camp / Dorm
  • Basis: Full Board
Day 4 - Laban Rata to Kota Kinabalu

Finish Ascent of Mt Kinabalu, Return to Kota Kinabalu

You start the final ascent at 3am in order to reach the summit for sunrise, as you climb the final few hundred meters, the last of the flora begins to fade and the tops of the clouds come into view, beyond the south china seas.
Please bring a hat, good walking or trekking shoes, windbreaker, towel, torchlight, waterproof gloves, raincoat, water bottle, energy food and personal medical kit including Paracetamol for altitude sickness for this trek.

Return to Park HQ for late lunch before transferring back to Kota Kinabalu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La
  • Basis: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Kota Kinabalu to Turtle Islands National Park (Malaysia)

Turtle Island

You need to check out of your hotel after breakfast and take your transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival in Sandakan you’re transferred to the jetty to catch the speedboat to Selingan Island. Once you check in, you are free to explore the island, swim and snorkel.

  • Accommodation: Turtle Island Park
  • Basis: Full Board
Day 6 - Turtle Islands National Park (Malaysia) to Sepilok

Sepilok Orangutan Rehab Centre

Return to Sandakan by boat. On arrival at Sandakan, transfer to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for a video show. Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden plank walks to witness the feeding of the orangutans at 1000hrs. Continue to Sandakan jetty for 2½ hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife in virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. Late afternoon take a river cruise using electric motor in search of some of the 10 primate species. Sukau is home to Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, and Proboscis monkeys.

  • Accommodation: Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Basis: Full Board
Day 7 - Sepilok

Trekking in Rainforest & Boat Safari

You have a river safari in the morning before a short trek of 20 minutes through the rainforest to the Gomantong cave entrance. Your guide will discuss the cave’s fauna with you including the bats, swiftlets and crabs and how they contribute to maintaining a balanced ecosystem while having a significant impact on the local economy. When in season, you can witness the collecting of birds' nests by the local people using bamboo ladders and poles. On one of the evenings you’re able to watch the exodus of bats and the perusing bat-hawks. You return to Sukau RFL for lunch. In the afternoon you can take another cruise looking for the pygmy Elephants or explore the surroundings on the hornbill boardwalk.

  • Accommodation: Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Basis: Full Board
Day 8 - Sepilok to Kota Kinabalu

Transfer back to Sandakan for Flight to Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast you return to Sandakan by boat in time for lunch before being transferred to the airport for your afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La
  • Basis: Breakfast Only
Day 9 - Kota Kinabalu

Day at Leisure in Kota Kinabalu

Today you’re free to explore Kota Kinabalu and do some last minute shopping or maybe you would prefer to take a taxi to one of the beaches nearby. If you would prefer more adventure then maybe a short boat ride out to Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La
  • Basis: Breakfast Only
Day 10 - Kota Kinabalu

Today is the last day of your Malaysia Wildlife Tour. Transfer to Airport for return flight

Once you’ve checked out of your hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park or reserve entry fees
  • Game drives /activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Registered Guides
  • Information Kit
  • Taxes

What's Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Visas and Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Optional activities (if any)
  • Souvenirs
  • All items of personal nature
  • Any increase in taxes, fuel cost and emergency rescue costs
Moderate - Requires a spirit of adventure and some degree of fitness, as the trip might consist of many activities or long journeys. These adventures involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, or driving for long hours, at times for up to six to eight hours a day at a steady pace. The maximum altitude is 3000m, so it requires you to be reasonably physically fit. The trips are usually 6 to 12 days in duration.

The ‘Only Tigers’, a 11 day itinerary, is a perfect example of this activity level as it involves long journeys for up to eight hours a day and a bit of walking. Also, ‘Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya and Beyond ’, a 10 day itinerary is another example of this trip activity level.

You should be reasonably fit because you will be travelling in extreme weather conditions.
Other Activity Levels
Basic - Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, are in good health, and want an interesting yet relaxing wildlife experience. These trips may involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking at a very slow pace. Certain trips involve safari drives for a maximum of five hours a day. Most of these trips are usually a week long in duration.

The ‘Classic Yala Tour’, ‘Kenya Luxury’ and ‘Luxury in Botswana’ itineraries are the best examples of this activity level as you’ll have a relaxed holiday. These trips are mostly about culture and sightseeing. There will be exploring on foot and safaris drives involved as well. Most travellers will find themselves comfortable with the basic activity level trips.
High - Fitness is vital at this level, as the environment traversed may be remote and challenging. These rugged experiences include long walks, trekking, cycling or rafting in isolated areas through variable weather conditions for up to eight to ten hours a day. These trips are usually 13 to 19 days in duration.

The ‘Ultimate Nepal Trekker’, is a good example of this trip activity level as it involves hiking and trekking for up to eight hours a day. Maximum altitude will be 4000m and you need to be very fit in order to withstand the weather conditions. Also, ‘Kilimanjaro Trek- Rongai route’ is another example that applies to this this activity level. Good physical condition is essential and previous hill-walking experience or preparation is advisable.
Advanced - At this level, PlanetWildlife recommends previous experience of the activity involved. These are our most challenging and advanced expeditions. They include long walks, cycling, trekking, hiking or rafting in variable weather conditions for more than ten hours a day. These trips may often be over 3 weeks in duration.

The ‘South Atlantic Odyssey’, a 31-day itinerary, is a perfect example of this trip activity level as it involves sailing for long hours in extreme weather conditions. Also, the ‘Snow Leopard Experience’ itinerary is another example which best suits this activity level. Ascents and descents are over 1000m at altitudes up to 6000m and the climate can be rigorous and challenging. Excellent physical condition and previous mountain trekking experience or appropriate preparation is essential.
This trip can be tailor made to suit your travel dates and preferences. The itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what you can do in this destination and is only a recommendation. All aspects of the trip – such as accommodation, activities etc., can be altered as per your own requirements.

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