|Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia||Kuching|
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
Bit of free time to explore the aquarium, Tanjung Aru beach or the handicraft market.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Take a ferry then a longboat to your overnight homestay with the local Iban people - descendents of headhunters. Don’t piss them off.
Our big bags will get sent to Miri and we will see them in four day's time.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
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!
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
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.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Fly to Kuching on the banks of the Sarawak River. Plenty of free time to dawdle along the waterfront and enjoy a Sarawak laksa loaded with fresh prawn, lime and chilli.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Heaps of wildlife spotting, including long-tailed macaques, wild boar, huge monitor lizards and proboscis monkeys (or “Big Nose” as the other animals call them).
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
• Overnight stay in a traditional longhouse as guests of the Iban people.
• Trek on the Headhunters Trail, with an overnight stay in a jungle hut.
• Longboat trip down the Melinau River to Mulu.
• Visit to Gunung Mulu National Park - Wind and Clearwater Caves and the bats of Deer Cave.
• Day trip to Bako National Park.
• Free time to explore Limbang and Kuching.
• Local flights from Mulu to Miri and Miri to Kuching.
• Ferry from Sabah to Sarawak.
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.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
On this trip you may link up with passengers on other Geckos Borneo tours.
You will also need to bring strong walking shoes, personal first-aid kit, sun screen and lip-balm, insect repellent, sandals, torch/flashlight (preferably head-torch), binoculars, clothing and toiletries, and strong plastic bags (in which to pack your extra clothing, etc. whilst on trek in case of rain).
Camp 5: basic sleeping mats & blankets available for hire from the park office.
Iban longhouse: basic sleeping mats & blankets available for hire. Cost is approximately RM40 each
We suggest that you bring a sleeping bag, a thermarest or a roll-mat. This is mainly for padding on the hard wooden floors and is not a necessity.
Please note that Borneo is a developing region whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards may differ from what you expect in your homeland. Expect poor road conditions and be prepared for some inconveniences such as restaurants and tourist sites being closed from time to time. Sometimes the transportation may be altered or the itinerary may be changed due to circumstances beyond our control. Please remember that our tours are of an adventurous nature. Our style of travelling means that it is more desirable to carry a backpack and a daypack on our tours.
Day Pack for Overnight Trips Please note due to space and weight limitations on transport we will be leaving our main piece of luggage in Limbang. You will need to bring a small to medium backpack (30-35 litres/8-9 gallons) which will be your main pack for Mulu National Park (including trek to Camp 5) and the Headhunters trail. In this you will need to carry a change of clothes, torch/flashlight, toiletries, warm clothes and any other essentials.
Malaysia is liberal Muslim country as many Malaysian women do not wear headscarves. However, Malaysia is very conservative when compared with standards you may be accustomed to at home and you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders, cleavage and knees should be covered when travelling in Borneo except when on the beach. Wearing skimpy clothing is considered disrespectful to local culture at many of the small local communities we visit. It is essential that we 'cover up' for any homestay experiences.
A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights a single room is not available.
Day 3 Longhouse
Day 4 Camp 5
Day 5 Dormitory accommodation
Day 6 Dormitory accommodation
Local Emergency Contacts
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, the Gecko's local office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
3 July 2014