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National Geographic Best of Borneo G Adventures Tour

National Geographic Best of Borneo G Adventures Tour

From $5059 From $4799 / per person
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Experience the beauty of the real wild planet in all it’s diversity, witness rare species of wildlife you possibly could never have imagined, some of which are discoveries from recent years. Stay in jungle lodges breathing rainforest air, sleeping to it’s magical sounds. Meet some of the people who care for rescued wildlife and work tirelessly to preserve life for endangered species.

  • Prices subject to availability and dates. There may be fluctuations at some times, including further discounts. Feel free to contact us here at Twister Travel for the best possible deals!
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Start/Finish City: Kuching to Kota Kinabalu
  • Service Level: Upgraded. Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.
  • Physical Grading: 3 – Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys. Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.
  • Trip Type: Small Group. Small group experience – Max 16, Average 12 passengers.


  • Wild encounters with uniquely beautiful and important endangered animal species.
  • Orangutans and possible sightings of Malaysia’s other primate species.
  • Irriwaddy dolphins, tiny frogs, amazing fauna and flora.
  • Educational,interactive and meaningful
  • National Geographic collection, which is designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the places we explore
  • Upgraded service level
  • Tribal village visit with locally sourced lunch
  • Cave exploration and swimming
  • Kinabatangan River cruise

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to a Bidayuh Tribal Village
  • Santubong River wildlife and dolphin cruise
  • Nature Walk in Kubah National Park
  • Night walk in Mulu National Park
  • Boat excursion to Wind and Clearwater Caves
  • Deer and Lang Caves
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River and wildlife excursions
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve excursions
  •  Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodation Supplied

Hotels (7 nts), Lodge (4 nts)

Solo travellers get to share twin rooms with same sex room mates.

MY OWN ROOM UPGRADE FROM $2449.00: If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.


11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow US$130-170 for meals not included.

Further Information?

Just ask us about booking extra tours and adventure add-on packs to secure your place in some of these experiences, before embarking on your tour! We can also help with flight bookings.

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  • Departure

Tour Plan


Day 1 Kuching

Airport transfer included to the meeting point hotel, where you will find out the details of initial group meeting from reception. Relax or go out and explore, before introductions and discussion of the itinerary with your G Adventures CEO (Chief Experience Officer).
  • Accommodation: The Waterfront Hotel Kuching (or similar).

Day 2 Kuching/ Bidayuh Tribal Village

From our base in Kuching, take a full day trip to Mongkos, village of the Bidayuh tribe. Be welcomed with a traditional dance performance. The Bidayuh will then share insights into their culture, history and contemporary life, from their bamboo longhouse. Taking a walk through the surrounding farmlands, view their rice fields, rubber plantation, tropical fruit orchards. Lunch is a special treat, as you get to also watch and learn the preparation of  fresh local dishes. The scenic journey to meet with these contented rural people, the second largest indigenous Sarawak tribe, is enabled through a private vehicle. Travel time each way is around 1.5 to 2 hours, with a stop at a colourful local market to peruse an array of jungle produce, with tropical fruits, edible ferns, bamboo shoots and other foods locally sourced.
  • Accommodation: The Waterfront Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 3 Kuching

A day of discovery, beginning with a Santubong River Wildlife and Dolphin Cruise. The Santubong peninsula opens up a world of rare wildlife sightings dwelling inside the complex ecosystem of this area. Sightings of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin are possible. Proboscis monkeys frequently appear in these mangrove swamplands. Immerse in the sights and sounds of this ancient environment, with an informative commentary.
In the afternoon enjoy some free time, then explore even more layers of these interconnected wild lands, with an evening nature walk in Kubah National Park. An amphibian expert will enlighten you on your journey, which will include introducing you to a newly discovered tiny frog species. The Kubah Narrow-mouthed Frog resides in insect-eating pitcher plants, which contain a liquid nest for their tadpoles to grow in. This miniature frog shares the forest with diverse frog species including the Bornean Horned Toad, and  Harlequin Tree Frogs plus many more. Together the frogs form a stunning jungle orchestra at night, an aural occurrence which has been voted as being the ‘Most Beautiful Sound in the World’.
  • Accommodation: The Waterfront Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Kuching/ Mulu National Park

Transit time with a flight around 1.5 hours to our next hotel, located close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park. A pristine rainforest dream comes to life in the night, with glittering fireflies and luminescent fungi. A local guide will show us nocturnal wildlife which inhabit this lush Sarawak jungle.
  • Accommodation: Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Gunung Mulu National Park

Embark on a longboat journey along the Melinau River, our destination, the massive Mulu Caves network. Stopover on the way at a village, then be carried onto Wind Cave, plus the Clearwater Cave with it's subterranean river. A picnic lunch and swimming at Clearwater Springs, with a stunning rainforest backdrop. Deer and Lang caves are next, reached by walking a series of raised planks through the forest. Deer Cave is inhabited by at least 2 million bats. Watch the bat exodus event, from the observation points.
  • Accommodation: Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch

Day 6 Gunung Mulu National Park/ Kota Kinabalu

Feel free to explore the local rainforest further in the morning, with an option to take the 480m canopy walk, the longest in the world! Later we are on a plane, headed for Kota Kinabalu. Flight time is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Check in and enjoy the facilities of our hotel and town for this stopover point, before we continue on to a jungle lodge the next day.
  • Hotel Grandis (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Kota Kinabalu to Sungai Kinabatangan

An early morning 1 hour flight for a  highlight of this already amazing tour, a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan. The orangutans at the centre were either rescued as orphans or from illegal domestication. Once rehabilitated, they are set free to live in the wild. Watch these creatures being fed, playing, roaming the grounds gaining confidence and strength to return to their world. Other animals are cared for here also, including macaque monkeys.
Next stop on our agenda for wildlife appreciation is the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Learn all about the sun bears, and the conservation efforts being made to protect them. Back at our lodge, deep in the jungle after a 2.5 hour drive in a private vehicle, you will get to see the local environment at night. By boat or by boots, Monkeys may be active, and there is a chance of seeing saltwater crocodiles,and birds. You may also get to view any of the unique creatures awake in the night on the walking trails around our jungle lodge.
  • Accommodation: Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals Included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 Kampung BIlit

Expert guides lead a Kinabatangan River Wildlife Cruise, seeking out fascinating birds and wildlife you won't get to see everywhere! Saltwater crocs may be found lurking in the muddy waters. Some of Borneo's 7 different native primate species may be out and about, pygmy elephants could also make an appearance. Scan the shorelines to see as much as you can. Another opportunity with a Oxbow Lake walk and wildlife spotting trek, complete with guide.
  • Accommodation: staying on at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals provided: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9 Kampung Bilit/ Tabin Wildlife Reserve

An approximately 4 hour drive in private vehicles, takes us to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, checking into a rainforest resort situated in the midst of an untamed, lusciously green paradise. Soon after get set for a trek along an elephant trail, to the active Lipad mud volcano. A source of mineral replenishment for some local wildlife, which you may get to see and identify footprints in the mud for. This volcanic mud has recognised benefits to human skin also, and it is optional to try some on! An observation tower allows wider scanning of the scenery.
After dinner back at the jungle lodge, partake in an exciting night safari! Some exotic creatures in their natural habitat could be sighted. The stunning clouded leopard, mousedeer, flying lemur and more nocturnal characters.Care is taken to not disturb them with any overwhelming lighting.
  • Accommodation is at Tabin Wildlife Resort (or similar)
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Spend a whole extended day observing the diverse array of lifeforms at Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, in many ways. Begin with an early morning bird walk, Spot some of the 300 birds native and rare, experiencing also an enviable wildlife photography opportunity. Enjoy a satsfying breakfast, then continue on a walk through lush rainforest to the Lipad Waterfall.
Plunge into the pool for a refreshing swim, take a blissful pure shower under the falls. Following this there is more action yet to come, with a late afternoon wildlife drive. Look out for the Borneo pygmy elephant, and some of the 9 species of primate present in this park.Top off the day with an evening nocturnal jungle walk. Optional Extra Activity: Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak Try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak, made with a natural blend of herbs to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks.
  • Accommodation: Tabin Wildlife Resort (or similar)
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 Tabin Wildlife Reserve/ Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy some free time to explore or relax at the lodge, until it's time to catch our flight back to Kota Kinabalu.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Grandis (or similar)
  • Meals included: breakfast/ lunch

Day 12 Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy your last breakfast on tour, then depart at any time.
How to Pack
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized rolling suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage, which it is recommended should not exceed 15kg. Some suggested items to take include:
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera/ or phone with camera
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  •  Day pack
  •  First-aid supplies
  •  Torch
  •  Hoodie or sweater
  •  Hat
  •  Moneybelt
  •  Outlet adapter
  •  Personal entertainment
  •  Reusable water bottle
  •  Small travel towel
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  •  Sunscreen (reef-safe)
  •  Watch or alarm clock
  •  Waterproof backpack cover
  •  Windproof rain jacket
  •  Swimwear
  •  Sandals or flip flops
  •  Drybag (Optional - will help keep cameras and essentials dry)                    Borneo Light HIking Activities - :
  •  Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
  •  Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)                 Important -
  • Conservative dress (covering shoulders and knees) - long cotton attire and/or a shawl.
You need to keep hold of:
  • Flight info - copies of e-tickets may be required at borders
  • Insurance details
  • Passport
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Visas - currently a visa for up to 90 days may be obtained on arrival, if travelling with an Australian passport. Please check locally or just ask us if you are unsure of the rule for your country of origin.
Contact us at Twister Travel if any assistance is required with visa applications.
Local Culture
Ramadan: According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between April 23rd and May 23rd, 2020. A month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally, our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Wear loose-fitting clothes, that cover knees, and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.
For Your Health
  • Take along some Mosquito repellant for your own convenience - natural organic products may be better, and are available for purchase locally. Protect yourself from possible dengue fever or zika virus. A small hand sanitiser is an additional optional choice.
  • Any regular prescription medications, asthma inhalers, vitamins.If you plan to take medication, check if it's legal in Malaysia. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
  • Strongly consider protection against malaria and also Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis, tuberculosis, typhoid, and cholera.
Contact us at Twister Travel for more specific information. Check your personal vaccination requirement lists/ and dates when renewals may be needed!
  • For in-depth health and safety data, (including up to date vaccinations info) please visit https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/malaysia                Or your local equivalent.
Random Potential Hazards
Take normal precautions in cities when out at night, changing money, carrying your valuables, and any other imagined potential hazard. Be particularly aware of potential drink spikings. Stay with group members, avoiding isolated backstreets at night due to the possibility of random kidnappings or street crimes. Listen to your G-Adventures guide's advice for drinking water. Various nationalities have a travel warning for Eastern Sabah. Please visit your government website and check with your insurance that any warnings will not affect your insurance coverage, as travel insurance that covers the entire itinerary is mandatory on our tours. Traveller safety is a number 1 priority at G Adventures. It is their usual practise to continually monitor areas, and to run itineraries only to areas that are believed to be safe.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any G Adventures tour. Minimum coverage is US$200,000. Some tours may include activities where extra coverage is required. We can assist you in adding insurance or advising you on insurance options upon booking with Twister Travel.
Age Requirements
12 plus. All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Information is changing frequently in regards to which destinations and tours will be available on what exact dates. We are trying to keep the site as accurate as possible during this time. For any more specific information, please contact us. Remember a travel ban is in place to save lives. Don't forget to help by social distancing, self-isolating, and increased hygiene.

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