Day 1 - Kuching - arrival and walking tour of the historic town
Morning arrival in Kuching and an afternoon tour of some of the sites of the scenic and historic town founded in 1872 by the famous ‘Raja’ Charles Brooke. The tour includes Chinatown, the waterfront area, colonial buildings such as Fort Margherita and the excellent Sarawak Museum.
Overnight: Kuching Transport: Walk Meals: D
Day 2 - Bako - a visit to the national park
Transfer by road and by boat to the nearby Bako National Park. This spectacular protected area, located on the Bako Peninsula just south of Kuching, displays some of Sarawak’s most diverse flora and fauna. Hiking routes through the park will be selected after discussion with your guide, according to time constraints and energy levels. Late afternoon return to Kuching Town.
Overnight: Kuching Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk Meals: B, L
Day 3 - Mulu National Park - into the interior
Transfer by plane into the island’s interior to visit the awesome World Heritage Mulu National Park, where we’ll stay in the well-appointed lodges of the national park itself. Afternoon visit to Deer and Lang Caves – two of the Park’s most spectacular, and indeed two of the world’s largest caves. After dinner, there’s an optional night hike for those who’d like to experience the sounds and sights of the rainforest after dark.
Overnight: Mulu Transport: Plane, Walk Meals: B, L
Day 4 - Mulu - the world's longest cave and a canopy walkway
Morning boat trip up the jungle-lined Clearwater River to visit the famous cave of the same name which at 107 kms is a contender for the longest in the world. Additional visit to the magnificent Wind Cave before returning to the Park HQ for a tree-top level view of the lush forest and birdlife on the canopy walkway, one of the longest canopy walkways in Asia!
Overnight: Mulu Transport: Boat, Walk Meals: B, L
Day 5 - Kota Kinabalu - farewell to Sarawak and arrival in Sabah
This morning is free to relax, explore some of the self-guided trails or take in the Park’s visitors centre. Later, we say goodbye to Sarawak and transfer to the small Mulu Airport for our flight to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Explore the town’s night market or perhaps stroll down to the waterfront for sundowners.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk Meals: B, D
Day 6 - Tambunan - waterfall, butterflies and a Rafflesia Forest Reserve
Day tour to Tambunan district at the foot of the vast Crocker Ranges where our visits will include the picturesque Mahua Falls, the Kibandi Butterfly Farm to learn about some of the region’s rare and endangered, and simply spectacular, insect and plant life. Plus a hike through the unusual Rafflesia Forest Reserve to discover the world’s largest flower.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu Transport: Minibus, Walk Meals: B, L
Day 7 - Mount Kinabalu - the National Park and Sabah Tea Plantation
Return to the interior with a two-hour scenic drive to Mount Kinabalu National Park, where we’ll hike along one of the Park’s nature trails with spectacular views over the 13,436 ft mountain. Next up will be the fascinating Sabah Tea Plantation for tasting opportunities and the chance to learn about organic tea production with, of course, more fantastic views of Kinabalu. Overnight in cottages in the plantation.
Overnight: Sabah Tea Transport: Minibus, Wal, Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 - Kinabatangan - a stay in a jungle eco-lodge
Leisurely morning before a departure for Bilit in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor where we’ll check-in to our beautifully located riverside, jungle eco-lodge. A sunset boat cruise on the jungle-lined Kinabatangan River and a night trek to discover the nocturnal wildlife complete our day’s activities.
Overnight: Bilit Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 - Kinabatangan - river cruise and night hike in the jungle
Today’s program includes a dawn river cruise, morning trek to an oxbow lake, night nature trail or relaxing at the lodge while listening to the sounds of the jungle. Proboscis monkeys, macaques, orangutans, crocodiles, pygmy elephants and otters are just a few of the possible wildlife sightings you may make, whilst rare bird species found here include the lesser adjutant, Storm’s Stork, pitas and several species of hornbill, including the majestic and colourful rhinoceros hornbill.
Overnight: Bilit Transport: Walk, Tuk Tuk Meals: B, L, D
Day 10 - Sepilok - and its world famous orangutan sanctuary
Morning departure for the nearby Gomantong Caves, well known for their valuable edible swiftlet nests. Explore the limestone caves and discover their unique eco-system and, with luck, spot some of the wild orangutans that inhabit this area. Continue to Sepilok for lunch where we’ll visit the famous orangutan sanctuary and rehabilitation centre. Overnight by the Sanctuary at a jungle lodge.
Overnight: Sepilok Transport: Minibus, Tuk Tuk Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 - Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre and return to Kota Kinabalu
A morning at leisure gives you the opportunity to visit the newly created sun bear sanctuary or the Rainforest Discovery Centre before an afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk Meals: B
Day 12 - Kota Kinabalu - morning to explore and afternoon departure
The morning is at leisure to explore Kota Kinabalu, and perhaps check out one of it’s museums or markets before either an afternoon transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your departure, or on to Manukan for an island extension.
Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Walk Meals: B