BORNEO CULTURE AND WILDLIFE SCHOOL TOUR
Kota Kinabalu- Sandakan- Sepilok - Sukau
Malaysia / Borneo tours for students are a fantastic way to put learning about biology, ecology, and zoology into real life context beyond what they could learn in a classroom, though this itinerary goes one step further and additionally includes cultural immersion into the region, as well as Australian WWII history, Australia having had a heavy presence here during the war years. The natural beauty of Borneo offers the perfect backdrop for educational tours; students will visit wildlife rehabilitation centers, and observe the feeding and nursing of orangutans and the endangered Malayan Sun bear, as well as heading on jungle trekking safaris to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. They will plant trees in rainforest regeneration projects, and visit traditional tribal homes for cultural insight into the region
Trip code : BRO9364S
Duration : 9 days
Destination : Malaysia
Travel Dates : As required
- Experience the diversity of various local ethnic groups and their ways of life
- Observe Orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
- Attend an orangutan feeding
- Spend time with endangered Sun Bears at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
- Observe Proboscis Monkeys at Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary
- Cruise on Katabatangan river and experience the richness of local wildlife
- Fun and educational jungle trekking to observe the diverse ecosystem
- Tree planting project to aid in the regeneration of the rainforest
- Visit Sandakan Memorial Park to learn about Australian involvement in the area during World War II
On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, the group will be welcomed and transferred to hotel.
0900hrs meet at hotel lobby and proceed for KOTA KINABALU CITY (approx. 04 hours). En route with lunch at local restaurant Highlights:- Malaysia’s “Land Below The Wind”, Sabah, is a vast state yet its capital, Kota Kinabalu is relatively small. This tour brings you to the defining places clustered in the city including the Atkinson Clock, which is the oldest structure in entire Sabah (since 1903), survived World War II and still serves to keep time today. Signal Hill is the city’s highest point and observation view on its deck goes as far as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands while the City Mosque is spanking new and sits surrounded by a man-made lagoon. You’ll visit the Sabah Museum where plenty artifacts lie, the Sabah Foundation building and the local handicraft market to pick up handmade souvenirs (pearls are abundant there).
Breakfast served at resort. 0900hrs meet at hotel lobby and proceed for MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE (approx. 04 hours)
As you enter through the suspension bridge, you will be fascinated with the sight of a river flowing. Visit each tribe’s traditional house and do some in house activities and stopover at demo huts. After the performance, you will be led to the Dining Hall. You may leisure around for about 15 minutes to shop, take photos or just relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.
Enjoy delectable traditional and fusion cuisines for lunch before the end of the tour. Depart back to your hotel after the tour.
Today, take a short flight to Sandakan. On arrival in Sukau, visit Australian War Memorial to pay tribute to those who died during the Sandakan death march, Borneo in 1945 during the Second World War, and learn about Australian involvement in the region.
0800hrs pick up from hotel & depart for approximately 30 minutes to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. At this Centre, observe man’s closest relative “the Orang Utan” being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. Witness the feeding of Orang Utan at 1000hrs at the feeding platform and proceed to the Orang Utan Nursery.
Later, continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The Centre that managed to improve the living condition of the rescued sun bear and released their natural behaviours in the 2.5ha enclosed forest.
At 1100hrs, proceed to Sandakan jetty, schedule boat depart at 1200hrs, an hour boat ride to cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest.
Take your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. After lunch, cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Arrive Sukau, check in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Late afternoon, river cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. Return lodge for dinner and overnight.
Wake up by the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Early morning, take a river trip to the Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river ambience. Return to the lodge for breakfast then free at own leisure.
You will then head back to the lodge for breakfast, before departing the lodge to embark on a trek through the surrounding secondary rainforest to a nearby oxbow lake. The trek will take approximately two hours (round trip), with a rest at the oxbow lake, and along the route your naturalist guides will point out plant life that has medicinal or survival purposes.
After lunch you will be transferred to the tree planting site, where each team member will plant a seedling near the river. This activity helps regenerate the rainforest in one of the many 'gaps' or fragments along the river as part of the 'Kinabatangan - Corridor of Life (CoL)' programme. In the late afternoon, the group will join a river cruise from the lodge in search of wildlife and bird life along the river banks. After dinner you will join another night jungle trek behind the lodge, looking out for nocturnal species of mammals, birds and amphibians.
Today, the group will be transferred to the airport for departure flight back to Australia
Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.
Price depends on the below:
- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
If you're visiting Malaysia for tourism, you can get a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 90 days. If you're visiting for business, volunteering, study or research – you may need to arrange a visa in advance.
If you violate your visa conditions or overstay your visa, you could face penalties including fines, detention and/or deportation.
· Always check the dates on the visa stamp placed in your passport are correct.
· Ensure you comply with immigration rules and regulations, including your visa conditions.
Foreigners need to provide biometric fingerprints of both thumbs and index fingers on arrival. Children under 12 years of age and visitors with finger disabilities are exempt from this procedure.
Malaysia regulates the import of prescription and non-prescription medication. You may need a letter from your doctor for some medications. Keep your medication in its original packaging.
Check the expiry date of your Australian passport before you travel. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. If you arrive with less than six months validity remaining on your passport, you could be denied entry and deported – even if you intended staying for just a few days.
Carry photo identification with you at all times. You'll need your passport to travel between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).
Australian passport holders visiting Malaysia for tourism can obtain a visa on arrival for stays of up to 90 days. If you violate your visa conditions or overstay your visa, you could face penalties including fines, detention and/or deportation. Always check the dates on the visa stamp placed in your passport are correct.
Foreigners need to provide biometric fingerprints of both thumbs and index fingers on arrival. Children under 12 years of age and visitors with finger disabilities are exempt from this procedure. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. If you arrive with less than six months validity remaining on your passport, you could be denied entry and deported – even if you intended staying for just a few days. Carry photo identification with you at all times. You'll need your passport to travel between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).