Wild Ones of Borneo
Kota Kinabalu is pretty rad – the perfect starting point for your time in Borneo. Jump in a longboat and head to a homestay in Limbang, go for a lil walk in the jungle, cruise down the Melinau River to Mulu and check out some awesome caves, hang by the river in Kuchung and finish up with a trip through Bako National Park.
Facts about some Borneo tribes:
· The Kayan-Kenyans believe rice has a female spirit, so they wear scary masks to frighten evil spirits off
· Back in 1912, it was written that “The Ibans are the only tribe to which … head-hunting is pursued as a form of sport”
· The Kadazan and Dusun tribes are known as the ‘Latin lovers of Borneo’ thanks to a healthy appetite for music, life and lurrrve
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2016:
This trip will be discontinued from 1st February 2016. For another great adventure in Borneo, see our GTSC Discover Sabah trip.
Day 1 - Kota KinabaluWelcome to Malaysia.Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
f you have time we highly recommend a trip out to Tunku Abdul Rahman NP. Here you can swim in crystal clear blue waters on one of 3 islands. You can easily organise this trip locally, just head to the Jesselton Point where you can buy a ticket to catch a boat transfer to one of the Islands. The boat ticket should cost approx MYR40, we recommend using the boat company called Beach Bums and you will pay a park entrance fee of MYR10 upon arrival at the Island. It is also possible to hire snorkelling equipment on the islands. If this sounds too much like hard work why no take in the Sabah Musuem or have a walk along the waterfront.Cititel Hotel or similar
Day 2-3 - Limbang – Iban Longhouse
Feel like a local by travelling to our overnight homestay with the local Iban people - descendents of headhunters. Don’t piss them off.
Our Journey to Sarawak starts from Jesselton point where we take the Public Ferry across to Labuan in the morning (approx. 3 hours) Labuan is a tax free island so a great place to purchase some duty free before boarding our second boat across to Limbang (2 hours) a frontier town in Sarawak. We will overnight in Limbang and prepare for our trip out into the wilderness.
Today we will send our large bags onwards to Miri where we will collect them from in 4 days time. You will need to repack your bags and take everything you need with you for 4 days in your smaller bag. From Limbang we take local minivans to Kuala Medamit where we board longboats and power our way up river (2-3hours). Sometimes depending on how much rainfall there has been you might need to get out of the boat and assist in pushing it over the shallow parts.
Tonight we will overnight at an Iban longhouse – due to its remote location electricity is from a generator and it only available for a few hours a day. Enjoy the chance to meet and interact with a genuine Iban tribe. Overnight in the longhouse after a glass or two of rice wine.
The longhouse is very traditional where we will sleep on mattresses on the floor, usually in the same room, there is shared squat toliets and traditional bucket showers.Purnama Hotel or similarBreakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4 - Headhunters Trail – Camp 5
Few people who aren’t into headhunting get to walk this trail, so think yourself very lucky. Tonight’s accommodation is pretty basic, but you are in the middle of a rainforest, so suck it up!
Say goodbye to our Iban friends and get back into boats for another 1 hour up river to the starting point of our jungle trek. Here we will stride out into the jungle. It’s a 11.3KM into the heart of Mulu NP along the way keep your eyes open for wildlife as we walk through this pristine environment. This section of the walk is known as the headhunters trail – a trail originally used by Kayan headhunter warriors to launch raids on Limbang. We stay tonight in the beautiful Melinau gorge in Mulu NP. Accommodation is basic in a fixed camp on raised sleeping platforms. Sleeping mats are available but mosquito nets are available for an extra charge.Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5-6 - Mulu National Park
Bats, caves and canopy walks through the treetops - what more could you ask for!
Did you know that bats always turn left when exiting a cave? Test the theory tonight when you watch the mass exodus of over 3 million bats from Deer Cave.We have an 8.5KM walk to the end of the trail where we will take boats to Clearwater and wind cave. These caves are spectacular and we will have a guide show us around and explain how they were formed. Afterwards there is time for refreshing dip in the river before jumping back in the boats to go to Mulu HQ (20mins) We overnight at Mulu HQ tonight in dorm rooms. There is the chance for an optional night walk in search of creepy crawlies.
Today you have a free morning. There is much to see in Mulu being a Unesco World Heritage site. You can take to the treetops on the world’s longest canopy walkway or do some of the self-guided walking trails throughout the park. In the late afternoon we will make a visit to the famous Mulu show caves– Deer and Lang (about a 2km walk along board walks). Deer cave is one of the largest single cave passages in the world where millions of bats live. As it turns to dusk we can watch the bat exodus as they fly out in search of food. Its estimated that each bat consumes around 10 ounces of insects a night – that’s about 5 -6 tons a night!Breakfast | Lunch
Day 7-9 - Kuching
- Head to Kuching and then a full day at Bako National Park.
Today we Fly to Kuching via Miri (to collect our big bags) on the banks of the Sarawak River. Plenty of free time to wonder along the waterfront and enjoy a Sarawak laksa loaded with fresh prawn, lime and chilli. There is chance to visit the Sarawak museum or fort margarita or just kick back riverside with an icecream.
Today we head to the nearby Bako NP. We take a private bus to Bako Jetty (approx. 45 mins) and then transfer to longboats for the 15 min ride into Bako. Bako is famous for its abundant wildlife you will have the chance to see Long tailed Macaques, wilde boar and Proboscis monkeys (or “Big Nose” as the other animals call them). Depending on the time of tides we will take a trek over to Teluk Panda Kecil – a beautiful beach (approx. 3 hours return) in the afternoon we return to Kuching. We spend the final evening in Kuching your leader will take you for some local chow and if you are lucky (or unlucky) some karaoke.
The trip ends after breakfast.Telang Usan Hotel or similarBreakfast
What to Know
All tours are led by an experienced local tour guide. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated. The flights from Mulu to Miri and from Miri to Kuching are included in the tour price and will be provided locally.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Wild Ones of Borneo
Bronwyn - New Zealand, 17 Jan, 2012
This trip was a really excellent way to see some of the inner, less accessible areas of Sarawak. It was great to step away from the hum-drum routine of daily life, gaining a glimpse into another culture that was different enough to feel like an adventure.... one that felt more like a month rather than 10 days seeing as we fitted so much action in! There was enough flexibility to feel that you were independent, yet enough support to make it easy! The best of both worlds. We saw very few tourists and had many opportunity to interact with the locals which certainly enhanced the experience.