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Which wildlife expeditions can I do in Borneo?

Borneo isn’t just one of the largest islands in the world, it’s also one of the most magical. Consisting of three nations, the island of Borneo is unlike anywhere else in the world, boasting incredible diving spots, impressive sunsets, majestic mountains, and even mysterious cave systems. 

It’s also home to some of the world’s most amazing animals, from the unique Proboscis monkey (only found in Borneo) to the famous Bornean pygmy elephant and Bornean sun bear. The best way to experience everything this awe-inspiring region has to offer, is with a wildlife expedition designed to immerse you in tropical surroundings, and introduce you to the fantastic fauna of Borneo.

Here are just some of the best wildlife expeditions you can consider, if you want to take a walk on the wild side during your next visit to the world’s third-largest island.

Kinabatangan River Expeditions

Kinabatangan river cruises and expeditions place you at the heart of the Malaysia’s longest river. Emerging from the Crocker Range, the river spans 560km through Mangrove swamps, into the Sulu Sea on the Eastern Sabah coast. Known for its unique and rich ecosystem of wildlife and flowers, the river is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in Southeast Asia. 

You can expect to spot Hawks, Eagles, Hornbills and Kingfisher taking advantage of the plentiful fish, as well as crocodiles, sun bears, and perhaps even the occasional orangutan. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the famous Bornean Pygmy elephants relaxing in the water. 

Some tours even include visits to the Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary and Gomantong caves, where you can spot nocturnal creatures emerging as the sun sets. 

Mount Kinabalu Expedition

The highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu is one of the biggest bucket-list destinations in the world. It’s also located in Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with hundreds of species of plants, and countless different types of wildlife. 

You’ll have an opportunity to spot more than 300 species of birds, 100 different mammals, and countless insects from around the region. Not only is this a wonderful place to explore the flora and fauna that Borneo has to offer, but it’s ideal for getting an insight into the region’s history. 

Local people believe the souls of their ancestors reside in the mountain, and treat the landscape with a special kind of reverence. 

Danum Valley Conservation Area Expeditions

A visit to Danum Valley is a must on any traveller’s to-do list when visiting Borneo. This unique conservation area features 4387 kilometres of almost untouched forest, located in Southern Sabah. It’s recognised as one of the world’s most complex ecosystems, and is also a Class 1 protected rainforest.

The lowland tropical rainforest is home to countless different birds and animals. It’s even the home to endangered species, such as orangutans, clouded leopards, gibbons, mousedeer, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants. While you’re not guaranteed to stumble across all of your favorite animals on every trip, the location is perfect for relaxing treks through the magical wilderness. 

Plus with beautiful lodges located nearby, you can extend your stay for as long as you like, giving you plenty of opportunities to spot a range of fauna.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve Expeditions

If you’re looking for an excellent opportunity to see some incredible endangered species, an expeditions to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a great idea. As the largest protected wildlife reserve in Malaysia, this environment is home to several phenomenal species, including pygmy elephants. 

There are nine species of primate to discover, three species of cats (all on the protected wildlife list), and more than 300 species of birds to watch for in the crystal blue skies. Leading expeditions  include night-time walks and safaris, jungle trekking, wildlife spotting, bird watching and rainforest education.

You can even enjoy some delectable meals at the nearby Tabin Wildlife resort, sampling some of the freshest delicacies and flavours from the region. 

Turtle Island Expeditions

Situated 40km North of Sandakan, Turtle Island Park actually consists of three separate islands, known for their wide array of green turtles and hawksbill turtles, who come to the beaches to lay their eggs. Throughout the year, expeditions to the beaches give you a chance to spot both adults and baby turtles enjoying the water and playing in the sand. 

You’ll be able to watch turtles nesting, learn about the conservation efforts of the region, and explore the amazing surrounding flora of the stunning beaches. Plus, you can even combine a visit to turtle island with a visit to the Kinabatangan river. 

Sepilok Orangutan Rehab Centre Expeditions

Finally, if you’re excited about seeing the fantastic monkeys and mammals located in the Bornean region, then the Sepilok Orangutan Rehab centre is the place for you. Located a short distance from Sandakan, this location is famous for its incredible conservation areas. 

The destination is located within the Kabili-Sepilok reserve, and offers a unique chance to see Orangutans both in their natural habitat, and in a nursery environment where they can learn skills essential to their jungle life. If you want to take your experience to the next level, we recommend combining the expedition with trips to the Sepilok Sanctuary, and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey sanctuary, for a truly unforgettable insight into the unique species that call Borneo home.

Plan Your Next Borneo Wildlife Expedition

With so many unique places to visit and incredible expeditions to explore, there’s no limit to what you can discover when visiting Borneo. From river adventures, to treks through the rain forest, there’s something to suit everyone, and countless chances to encounter wildlife you’ve never seen before. Contact BorneoDream.com today to arrange your bespoke expedition experience, and discover the magic of Borneo for yourself.

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