Exploring the Magic of the Wildlife of Borneo

1166122_42651143Are you looking to book a holiday that focuses on wildlife? Tailormade tours are becoming more and more popular and there are some excellent companies offering dedicated options. No matter where you want to go or what the focus of the wildlife, tailormade tours can tick all the boxes. Booking with a reputable, specialised company ensures that you are dealing with experts in the field and that your bespoke itinerary will meet all your holiday aspirations.

Borneo’s Magnificent Wildlife

Tailormade tours to Borneo could include any one of a whole host of national parks, rivers, islands, or refuges, but if you do your research you should be able to pick out a select few that appeal to you most.

The Danum Valley Conservation Area

The Danum Valley Conservation Area was set up in Borneo to protect the region from the perils of the logging industry. The rainforest here is a wildlife lover’s paradise and the huge variety of birds, and mammals – including wild cats, Orang-utans, Pygmy Elephants and Gibbons – is sure to delight. Walking the rainforest canopy is a great way to experience life in the treetops, and there are several ground based jungle treks to choose from, too.

The Tabin Wildlife Refuge

The Tabin Wildlife Refuge is a nature reserve, located in Sabah, which was founded in 1984 in order to protect the dwindling wildlife. Tailormade tours that include a visit to The Tabin Wildlife Refuge treat guests to the three highlights: the Borneo Elephant, the Sumatran Rhinoceros and the Tembadau. The Sambar, Muntjac and Mouse Deer, and the Orang-utan are also commonly spotted in the area, along with many other mammals and birds.

Kinabatangan River

A visit to the Kinabatangan River should not be missed. The second longest river in Malaysia is home to some of the most varied wildlife in South East Asia. Along the river, the ‘river people’, known as the Orang Sungei, live in small settlements spread out along its length. Their self-sufficiency is a way of life, and as you cruise the river you can observe how they farm their vegetables along the bank and make use of the forest for their building material, firewood and medicine.

Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

Borneo is famous for its population of Orang-utans and if you are interested in finding out more about their plight, you should head to the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. This area of 43 square kilometres was founded as a protected area for the Orang-utans. Currently there are approximately 70 living freely in the reserve. The employees of the reserve nurture the orphaned young and also care for other mammals and birds in the reserve, including the Sun Bears and the Sumatran Rhinos.

Mount Kinabalu

Fancy stretching your legs and getting a feeling of true freedom on your adventure in Borneo? Consider a hike up Mount Kinabalu, one of the tallest mountains in South East Asia. The mountain is a national park and is one of the easiest peaks to conquer. The climb usually takes two days and the views are definitely worth the exertion. The excellent thing about climbing this particular mountain is that it is a feat achievable with relatively little experience and just a moderate level of fitness.


Finally, a little relaxation may be just the ticket at the end of your trip, and Sipadan has all the ingredients for a fitting end to an adventurous holiday. This is the only oceanic island in Malaysia and is one of the best diving sites in the world. Famous for its corals, Hawksbill Turtles and schools of Barracuda, Sipadan offers you a taste of a different kind of wildlife.

Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance nature writer. If you’re passionate about wildlife, tailormade tours with Naturetrek include expert-led natural history and wildlife tours worldwide. Naturetrek brings over 25 years of experience to polar expeditions and tours to other spectacular regions on Earth.

Article Source: Marissa_Ellis-Snow

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