Borneo is renowned for its wildlife offering. Home of the orangutan, the pygmy elephant and numerous bird species, it is a haven for nature lovers. Asia specialist and wildlife aficionado, Ellis, talks us through the very best of Borneo’s natural world.
The centre is located about 25 kilometres west of Sandakan in the state of Sabah. The centre takes in abandoned or injured orangutans and helps teach them how to survive in the wild before being released. They have around 60 – 80 orangutans on site so it is also a really good opportunity to see our cousins up close. The centre is set in a large forested area with boardwalks between multiple feeding platforms, and is also home to a unique baby training area where young orangutans learn to swing and fend for themselves!
Located next to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, this centre is supported by charities to help save this rare breed from extinction. These beautiful and very cuddly looking bears are classified as vulnerable, and the purpose of the centre is to increase knowledge and awareness amongst locals and visitors alike. There are information boards and specialists on hand to speak to who will tell you all there is to know about the bears, and you will have a great view of them from the high canopies. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled as they are great climbers!
The river is a fantastic opportunity to see some of Borneo’s magnificent flora and fauna. Cruising along the river in the search of wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, saltwater crocodiles and a variety of bird life is a wonderful experience and a must-do when visiting Borneo! The properties in the area are not luxurious however the focus is on the experience, in the wildlife sightings and the opportunity to get up close with nature! Make sure you get out in the evening for the night river cruise where you will see the trees on the riverbanks abuzz with fireflies, causing them to light up like a Christmas tree.
The Tabin Wildlife Reserve is beautiful area of rainforest in northern Borneo. Whilst there, you will be spoilt with not only wildlife, but waterfalls and a mud volcano. Spend time enjoying jungle trekking, swimming in a waterfall and of course getting out in the reserve on game drives! During your time here, we would highly recommend visiting the mud volcano which erupts every year – make sure to put some on your skin for the most natural mud mask you will ever have!
Set in primary rainforest and one of the most magnificent places you will stay in the country, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is an unmissable place on any Borneo itinerary. Set on a beautiful river tucked behind some of the tallest trees you will ever see, soak up the sounds of the rainforest as you relax on your private decking or enjoy a spot of lunch. Not only can you go on some game drives here but you can also enjoy other activities such as canopy walks and tubing!