Explore the rainforest from a different perspective
Crunch some gravel and keep an eye out for wildlife
Float down the river with monkeys and elephants
Go underground to the source of a Chinese delicacy, bird's nests
Cross the streams like a real adventurer

Untamed Borneo

11 days
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$2,764 USD

This trip starts off where the wild things are. You'll cycle to, and spend two nights in, the midst of Malaysia’s largest wildlife reserve, where you are sure to sight monkeys and teeming bird life. Next it’s on to a boat to cruise through the mangroves of the Kinabatagan River and hopefully sight proboscis monkeys, found only in Borneo. The tour will visit two different sanctuaries to see proboscis monkeys and orangutans up close before switching tracks and cycling off road, following part of the Sandakan Death March route. Then, from a position up high with spectacular views of Mount Kinabalu, you'll descend to the stunning coastline and are rewarded for all your efforts with a night at a luxurious resort.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    11 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    186.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    18.6 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Main Destination
  • Distance
    186.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    18.6 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrive Kota Kinabalu

    Meet in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the State of Sabah, for a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

  2. Day 2Kota Kinabalu – Lahad Datu – Tabin Wildlife Reserve

    An early morning flight takes the group across Borneo to Lahad Datu where the ride begins on a rolling dirt road to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve; look out for one of the nine species of primates that inhabit the area. After checking into the hotel in the middle of the reserve, the group will take an evening jungle trek to catch sight of the surrounding nocturnal life.

    • 21.7 miles
  3. Day 3Tabin Wildlife Reserve

    If you wish, wake up early to join a morning walk to discover some of Tabin's exotic bird species. After breakfast you'll cycle on dirt roads to active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes that attract wildlife for their mineral intake. It's an ideal place for wildlife observation and bird watching. The afternoon is free; you may choose to enjoy your balcony, or wander to Lipad Waterfall to take a dip in the natural pool.

    • 12.4 miles
  4. Day 4Tabin Wildlife Reserve – Bilit

    After being woken up by the sounds of the jungle, the group cycles out of the reserve, hoping to catch one last glimpse of an orangutan or a horn bill. There is then a transfer of about two hours to Bilit, arriving early enough to savour a late afternoon boat ride on the Kinabatagan River where you are sure to spot the rambunctious proboscis monkeys in their element.

    • 16.2 miles
  5. Day 5Bilit – Gomantong Caves – Sepilok

    Following breakfast is a ride to the Gomantong Caves. Here locals come to collect birds' nests, a prized delicacy among the Chinese. After this visit the group transfers to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in time for a feeding and a chance to see these unique monkeys up close, then cycles through palm plantations; finally, a transfer to tonight's lodgings in Sepilok.

    • 28 miles
  6. Day 6Sepilok – Kg Dusun – Telupid

    The morning starts with a visit to the mischievous orangutans at the Sepilok rehabilitation centre. Then the group takes a short drive to the beginning of today's off road riding, on the track of the infamous World War II Sandakan death marches, though palm plantations have since replaced much of the jungle that the prisoners struggled through.

    • 40.4 miles
  7. Day 7Telupid – Sabah Tea Garden

    Today's riding will be quite hilly, and definitely off the beaten path. You'll cross quite a few small streams and will have earned your lunch. After the meal, the group transfers to the Sabah Tea Garden, where it's back on the bikes for some great off road cycling around the tea plantation, taking in great views of Mount Kinabalu. Overnight in a traditional Rungus Longhouse.

    • 17.4 miles
  8. Day 8Sabah Tea Garden – Ranau

    After a tour of the tea factory it's back on the bikes for an undulating ride through the countryside of Ranau. The cycle route will stop where a POW jungle prison camp once was and you may visit the memorial. Enjoy the quiet country roads as you ride through orchards and rice fields before ending the ride at tonight's charming home stay.

    • 18.6 miles
  9. Day 9Ranau – Kundasang

    Today's ride is tough, because as soon as you go down it's back up again, and all on dirt roads. You'll ride through small farms beneath the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, which rises to 4,095 metres (13,432 feet) and dominates the landscape. Overnight at a lodge with spectacular views of the peak.

    • 14.9 miles
  10. Day 10Kundasang – Rasa Ria

    Today leaves the cool mountain air behind for the heat of the coastal plains. The first ride of today is an off road track before lunch at Kota Belud. The last ride of the trip, to the luxurious accommodation, is flat and on tarmac. The group arrives early afternoon so you can enjoy the resort before meeting up for a farewell dinner.

    • 16.8 miles
  11. Day 11Transfer to Airport

    Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport.