An experience of lifelong learning, new perspectives, new friends, excitement, experiences and memories with each passing mile. We like this idea. The spirit of the past with the comforts of the contemporary and the possibilities of the future
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
A close encounter with one of Borneo’s most important animal species
Founded in 1964, the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah spans 45sq km of protected land at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. The world’s largest orangutan sanctuary provides medical care for orphaned orangutans as well as other wildlife species including sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and the occasional pygmy elephant.
danum valley conservation area
An enchanting stay in an untouched nature reserve
Recognised as one of the world’s most complex ecosystems, the Danum Valley Conservation Area is nothing short of a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Covering 43,800ha of protected land, this pristine, ancient tropical rainforest in the eastern part of Sabah serves as a sanctuary for an impressive number and variety of flora and fauna, including endangered wildlife species such as banteng (a species of wild cattle), Asian elephant, clouded leopard, orangutan and proboscis monkey, to name just a few.
Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring
An introduction to Sabah’s most renowned national park
Malaysia’s first Unesco World Heritage Site is Kinabalu Park in Kundasang, about 90km from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Within this park, which spans more than 75,000ha, stands Borneo and Malaysia’s highest peak, the majestic Mt Kinabalu, visible on clear days from anywhere in the park. A wide range of habitats feature here, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations.
A gateway to nature
The opportunity to immerse in nature unlike anywhere else is Tabin Wildlife Reserve’s alluring proposition. Occupying a large part of the peninsula forming the northern headland of Darvel Bay near the town of Lahad Datu, the reserve, which comprises more than 120,000ha of land, was created in 1984 on the account of the large number of animals inhabiting the forests, some of which are endangered. The Borneo pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros and Tembadau (a species of wild cattle) all roam the reserve, as do 9 different species of primatesand 3 species of cat, while the trees are a haven for more than 200 species of birds.
river cruise adventures
Kota Belud showcases Kota Belud’s own wetlands, the nearest place from Kota Kinabalu (1 and a half hour drives only) where you can discover one of Sabah’s icon, the proboscis monkeys. The cruise begins along the Tempasuk River where you will be greeted by the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu at the background and before long the sight of bouncy crowds of proboscis monkeys will engross river cruisers hence do not forget to bring your binoculars.