Rainforests of Borneo
- Small group of only 4 photographers
- Photographic opportunities from vehicles, river boats and on foot
- Search for wild Orangutangs and other species like pygmy elephant and gibbons
- Incredibly diverse photographic opportunitites
- Private vehicles and high end accommodation
Dates: May 3, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Guide: Gerry van der Walt
Cost: USD 8,995.00 per single guest
Single person supplement: No Single supplement
Deposit: USD 1,500.00 single guest
Max number of Photographers: 4
This brand new Wild Eye photographic safari will see you traveling to some of the most amazing nature and wildlife destinations in Borneo including the Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve and the Danum Valley which will offer you the opportunity of searching for and photographing species like orangutans, pygmy elephants, hornbills, macaques, leaf monkeys, otters and many more.
Borneo, the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia, has some of the world’s most species-rich equatorial rainforests with prime patches that are easily accessible from modern, multiethnic cities.
For many visitors to Borneo, their most memorable moment is glimpsing a wild orangutan swinging through the jungle canopy. Jungle animals are shy by nature, but a good guide – like the ones we will be using – can help you tell the difference between a vine and vine snake, between a twig and a stick insect, and between the call of a hornbill and a gibbon.
We look forward to sharing this incredible new Wild Eye Adventure with you!
Upon arrival to Kota Kinabalu, our local guide will meet us at the arrivals. We will then transfer to Hyatt Kota Kinabalu (20 minutes), check into the hotel. Once checked in and settled we will meet our guide in the lobby for a drink over a trip briefing at 6pm and then sit down for dinner. After a good meal and chat, we will return to our hotel for the evening.
Meet for a early breakfast, to then depart for Sepilok at 07:45. Our first stop will be the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The founder of the centre will give us a private tour and talk about the work he does. After that we will watch the morning feeding at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. We will then enjoy an early lunch at Lindung before our driver takes us on a journey to the Kinabatangan River. This drive will be roughly 45 minutes, and then we will depart on a 2 hour journey to the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, a boutique lodge situated on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. At 4pm we will head out on a small boat for a dusk river cruise, searching for the wildlife along the river. The area is teeming with fauna – orangutans, pygmy elephants, hornbills, macaques, leaf monkeys, otters, etc. We will spend two hours out on the river, before returning back to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we will have the option to head out for a short night walk to search for some of the nocturnal residents of the forest. Some species we might see and photograph include civet cats, owls, frogs, snakes, flat-headed cats, and much more!
A 05:20am wake up call followed by a light snack (coffee/tea, muffins, croissants ect.), before departing just after 06:00am on our dawn river cruise. After 2 hours on the river, we will return to the lodge for a full breakfast. After breakfast we will head out for a walk on the boardwalk in search of birds, mammals, and pitcher plants. Once we have returned to the lodge, we will sit down for lunch, an optional talk on Lightroom and/or some down time. At around 4pm we will head out for another 2 hour river cruise, then returning to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we can take another optional night cruise or night walk.
A 05:20am wake up call for a full breakfast before departing for our next destination; Tabin Wildlife Reserve. A 2 hour boat cruise will take us upriver, where we will then disembark, get into a transfer vehicle to drive us to Lahad Datu. On route, we will stop at Gomantong Caves, where we will see the nest/s and hopefully the largest edible bird in Borneo. We will also stop at the village of Batu Puteh, which is one of the rural villages along the main highway. Batu Puteh has a community conservation project, where many of the families have small palm oil farms (5-20 acres). You will be able to talk to some of the people involved in the project, hearing their take on palm oil and conservation efforts. We will stop for lunch in Lahad Datu, before the 1.5 hour drive to Tabin Wildlife Resort. The route takes us through and into the conservation area, and a very large palm oil plantation. We will check into the resort on arrival, then head out for a game drive at dusk. Returning for dinner, where after, we have the evening to rest.
Enjoy a bit of a sleep in or an optional walk before breakfast after which we will depart for a 2 hour walk through the jungle of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. We will spend the rest of the afternoon either relaxing, chatting about Lightroom, or if you up to it, maybe some more walking or a scenic drive. Dinner at the lodge followed by another night drive to search for leopards, smaller cats, civets, owls, etc.
An early wake up call for an early breakfast, before departing from the lodge at 07:30am to Danum Valley. You will head back to Lahad Datu (1.5 hours), take a short break, and then continue for 2 – 2.5 hours in Danum Valley (15 minutes tarred road, 2 hours dirt road). Danum Valley consists of over 438 square kilometers of class 1 virgin primary rainforest, with a huge diversity of flora and fauna. This conservation area is by far the best place in Borneo if you are wanting to see orangutans in the wild. We will then arrive at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge for lunch, and then proceed to check in. The lodge is Borneo’s premier 5-star jungle lodge and is the only lodge in the entire conservation area. We will head out for a wildlife walk in the afternoon to search for orangutans, gibbons, hornbills, and more! As the sun drops and it gets too dark, we will head out on an evening game drive. Dinner at the lodge either before or after the game drive depending on timing.
Early wake up call for a dawn walk on the lodge’s canopy (1500 feet long, with a maximum height of 100+ feet). We will walk through the ancient trees, trying to spot wildlife with our guide. We will then return for breakfast, before continuing on another walk to learn about the rainforest ecology and to find more wildlife.
Today is an early day! 3:30am wake up call for a 4:00am departure to the top of Danum Valley. The drive takes 1+ hour/s to the top depending on what we see on route. A continental breakfast will be waiting for us in a tower with a 360 degree view of the valley. We will enjoy breakfast as we watch a stunning sunrise over the conservation area. We will continue to the Danum Valley Field Centre, stopping at the research station that oversees all science projects in the conservation area. You will get to meet scientists and learn about their efforts. We will then return to the lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon walk or relax down by the Danum River. Once back at the lodge we will enjoy a dinner and then decide on an optional night drive or walk.
We can spend our last day exploring Danum Valley walking with our guide on the canopy walk way, or relaxing in the serene setting. We will depart from the lodge at 1:30pm , for the 2 hour drive back to Lahad Datu. We will depart on an afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu (50 minutes) and then check into the Jesselton Hotel where we will spend the night and have our final dinner as a group.
Enjoy a breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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