Essential Borneo

01/16/2022 through 12/21/2023
01/16/2022 through 12/24/2023
Intrepid Travel

Essential Borneo

You and Borneo meet in Kota Kinabalu – we think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Get hot and sweaty climbing up Mt Kinabalu, then hot and wet-ty soaking in the Poring Hot Springs on the way down. Plus, orangutans in Sepilok! And (potentially) elephants along the Kinabatangan River! Try not to indulge in too much ikan panggang (stingray – a local delicacy), but we won’t blame you if you do. This 11-day adventure of what Borneo has to offer is certainly a challenge, but is well worth the rewards along the way.


  • Kinabatangan – Cultural Show
  • Sandakan – War Memorial
  • Kinabatangan River – Afternoon wildlife cruise
  • Kinabatangan River – Morning River Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River – Cooking lesson
  • Sepilok – Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Mt Kinabalu – 2 day climb


  • This is one of only two places in the world you can see wild orangutans – meet these friendly fellas swinging around, climbing up trees and just generally living their jungle life in the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Monkeys, primates and simians everywhere! Well, here’s hoping as you cruise past the wildlife-filled banks of the Kinabatangan River.
  • Good mountains are hard to climb, but you’ll be a conqueror of epic Mt Kinabalu, with a spectacular sunrise experience at the summit.
  • Relax and recharge your weary limbs in the steamy Poring Hot Springs after you tackle Mt Kinabalu.
  • Bar hop through Kota Kinabalu on a leader-led celebratory adventure of the waterfront. Spend some time with your travel mates and grab yourself some dinner and drinks – you’ll deserve it after your active days!


Day 1 Kota Kinabalu
Day 2 Kinabatangan River
Day 3 Kinabatangan River
Day 4 Sepilok
Day 5 Sepilok
Day 6 Kinabalu National Park
Day 7 Mt Kinabalu
Day 8 Poring Hot Springs
Day 9 Poring Hot Springs
Day 10 Kota Kinabalu
Day 11 Kota Kinabalu

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