Birding in Borneo (13 days)

The third largest island on the planet, Borneo has vast tracts of tropical rainforest extending across varied topography with huge biodiversity. On this specialist private tour you will be looked after by an expert birding and wildlife guide, and taken to a range of bountiful habitats that support exotic and endemic species in the Malaysian state of Sabah, in the north of the island. The trip starts at Sepilok, home to the famous Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, with time spent at the canopy walkway and observation towers for your first opportunity to spot the Bornean Bristlehead, along with many others including kingfishers, pittas and hornbills. The next leg of the trip is a three-night adventure in the Deramakot Forest Reserve, widely considered the best place in Borneo to see nocturnal wild cats such as the elusive Clouded Leopard and Marbled Cat, along with many sought after bird species such as the Sunda Frogmouth and the Brown Wood Owl. Continue this overland journey to Malaysia’s largest freshwater swamp along the Kinabatangan River to explore the many tributaries and ox bow lakes that wildlife and birds flock to. This aquatic environment is a particularly good area for hornbills, kingfishers and the Bornean Ground Cuckoo, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and presents further opportunity to spot a Bornean Bristlehead. The finale is a three night stay in the Danum Valley Conservation Area, one of the largest protected areas of virgin rainforest in Borneo and a perennial favourite for wildlife enthusiasts. This pristine habitat is further enhanced for birders by a 260m walkway that provides an excellent platform for watching the canopy. Danum Valley is a haven for pittas, babblers, flycatchers, hornbills and the Bornean Green Magpie.

Tour Highlights

  • One specialist private birding/wildlife guide throughout
  • All overland journeys on a private basis 
  • Sepilok’s Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Observation Tower at Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Nocturnal Wildlife at Deramakot
  • Birding by boat on the Kinabatangan
  • Virgin Rainforest at Danum Valley

Suitable For

  • Bird watchers
  • Wildlife enthusiasts
  • Photographers
  • Best time to visit: March to November

Guide Price

From £4,895 per person based on a shared room for departures in May.

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