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Borneo, the third largest island in the world, has become best known for its gentle orangutans, but it’s also home to the oldest undisturbed rainforest on the planet, Asia’s third highest mountain and some truly unique wildlife such as pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and even rhinos!

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Experiences in Borneo

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state and the gateway to Borneo. The city is known for its bustling markets, lively waterfront, and the stunning natural beauty of Kinabalu National Park, home to Mount Kinabalu, Borneo’s highest peak. However, most visitors arrive here and head straight to the beaches for some R&R either before or after their wildlife adventure. The Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria is a wonderful family hotel set on a wide expanse of beach with acres of lush tropical vegetation as a backdrop. Alternatively hop on a boat and explore the islands nestled in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Gaya Island boasts beautifully secluded beaches and crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkelling.

The chance to see Borneo’s beloved orangutans is sure to be at the top of the holiday wish list so a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a must! Operating since 1964 to help rehabilitate orphaned orangutans, the centre offers an opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures up close in their natural environment. Feeding time is bound to put a smile on your face as the playful primates jostle for food. Sepilok is also home to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre which is just a short stroll from the Orangutan Centre.

The Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia and blessed with one of the world’s richest ecosystems providing a haven for a remarkable diversity of wildlife. Explore the peaceful waterways by boat at sunrise and sunset as the river comes to life, home to crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, orangutans, macaque monkeys, pygmy elephants along with many species of birds.

Venture deeper into the heart of Borneo (an adventure in itself!) and you will find yourself surrounded by pristine tropical rainforest in the Danum Valley. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site this remote area is a haven for wildlife lovers and home to a huge variety of birds and other wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for wild orangutan and other primates, pygmy elephants and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the endangered Sumatran rhinos! Spend your days hiking the jungle trails and viewing the wildlife from treetop canopy walkways then as night falls grab your torch and enjoy an exciting night hike in search of the rainforest’s nocturnal wildlife.

With most visitors touching down in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Borneo it’s easy to combine an exciting city stopover with the wilds of the rainforest. Futuristic skyscrapers sit alongside colonial architecture in this vibrant city. Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic landmark is the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers. Walk over the Skybridge that joins the two towers on level 41 and 42 for breath-taking views of the city.

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