If the urge strikes to get back to nature, head to Borneo
A tropical wonderland stuffed with adventure and crawling with wildlife, Borneo has huge appeal. Some of the largest remaining tracts of equatorial rainforest blanket the island, sheltering a incredible number of species including orangutans. Alongside all that wildlife, experience fascinating tribal traditions and challenging peaks before recharging in hot springs or on the many lovely island beaches. Various cultural influences and religions coexist here, adding a compelling slant to Borneo's status as one of the great natural refuges on Earth.
Top three things to do in Borneo
There are many wonderful experiences to be had on this jungle-clad island. For further inspiration take a look at the trip ideas put together by our trusted local experts at the foot of this page, but in the meantime here are our top three things to do in Borneo.
King of the jungle
The Orangutan is the only great ape found in Asia. They spend almost all their time swinging through the treetops looking for fruit and young shoots to eat. Home to around 1,000 wild orangutans, the forests around the lower Kinabatangan river are a great destination for anyone keen to catch a glimpse of these rare primates. You can also see them enjoy feeding time at Sepilok, where orphaned and sick animals are rehabilitated before their release back to the forests of Borneo.
Go on a river safari
Take to the water on a safari boat for a wildlife spotting trip on the Kinabatangan River. The longest waterway in Sabah cuts through one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems, and a boat journey allows a close up look at many of the species that call this area home. Drift through the rainforest of the Lower Kinabatangan basin and you may be lucky enough to catch sight of pythons, proboscis monkeys, orangutans, elephants and crocodiles...
Take an unforgettable walk in the park
Jungle trekking in Bako National Park in Sarawak is not to be missed, getting you right into the heart of the Muara Tebas peninsula where mangroves and forests meet dazzling beaches perfect for a dip. Trails weave through the park allowing hikers who move around quietly to see everything from macaques to monitor lizards and quite a lot in between. Birds and monkeys are notable highlights, but note that the rare proboscis monkeys are most likely to be active around dawn and dusk.
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