Borneo is the world’s third largest island, and typically conjures up images of a wild forest paradise where Orangutans, gibbons, broadbills and pittas roam the Bornean jungles. On this birding and wildlife tour we will visit some of Borneo’s most famous birding sites, the fabled Mt. Kinabalu, Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary, Sepilok and the Kinabatangan River. Habitats range from rich lowland and montane rainforest to productive coastal wetlands. A wide mix of highly sought-after, rare and endemic southeast Asian birds can be expected on this fabulous birding adventure.
As if this wasn’t enough, it is also one of the best countries in Asia to enjoy rainforest mammals, and we can expect some incredible creatures such as Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, Bornean Gibbon, Mouse-Deers, Leopard Cat and, if we are very lucky, perhaps even Bornean Clouded Leopard! This brief yet thorough exploration of this fantastic Asian destination is bound to be a brilliant, exotic blend of mouth-watering birds, mammals and scenery.
Day 1: Arrival in Kota Kinabalu, transfer to Mt. Kinabalu.
Days 2-3: Mt. Kinabalu.
Day 4: Mt. Kinabalu to Sepilok.
Day 5: Sepilok Nature Conservancy.
Day 6: Sepilok Nature Sanctuary to Sukau (Kinabatangan River).
Day 7: Sukau.
Day 8: Sukau to Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
Day 9: Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
Day 10: Tabin Wildlife Reserve to Kota Kinabalu.
Essential Malaysia Birding Extension:
This short extension to our Essential Borneo Birding tour provides an excellent opportunity to catch up with a number of widespread and special mainland South-east Asian bird species that are not encountered on the island of Borneo. First stop will be the mangroves near Kuala Selangor where species such as Laced and Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers, Mangrove Whistler, and Black Baza occur. Fraser's Hill is without a doubt one of the most famous birding sites in Asia and a combination of forest trails and roadside birding should provide a wonderful array of the countries specials. Targets include the gorgeous Red-bearded Bee-eater, Blue Nuthatch, Black Laughingthrush and Collared Babbler. This will be the perfect finale to cap a superb experience through one of South-east Asia's finest birding localities!
Day 1: Arrival in Kuala Lumpur and transfer to Kuala Selangor.
Day 2: Kuala Selangor to Fraser’s Hill.
Day 3 & 4: Fraser’s Hill.
Day 5: Fraser’s Hill to Kuala Lumpur and depart.
Essential Borneo Birding: 13 - 22 Oct 2012 (10 days):
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