July 12-25, 2014
Hosted by: Mike Dorcas, Professor of Biology
Cost: From $4,822 – international airfare NOT included. Pricing and itinerary subject to change. Operated by EcoQuest Travel, 919-963-3038
Borneo - just the name evokes exotic imagines of dense jungles, cloud-shrouded mountains, mysterious cultures and unusual wildlife. Your 14-day trip begins in Kota Kinabalu, where you'll explore the famous beaches, clear water and coral patch reefs on the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. On a bird-watching expedition on Palau Manukan look for the unique Tabon scrubfowl, Malaysian plover and Christmas Island frigatebirds. Snorkel with the sea turtles, and visit The Night Market, one of the best markets in Southeast Asia.
Travel to Sandakan and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, famous for rescuing orphaned, injured and confiscated orangutans and rehabilitating them for release back into the wild. Hike a trail and a canopy walkway at the Rainforest Discovery Center to look for Bornean gibbon, pig-tailed macaques, birds and reptiles. The next morning, board the Sandakan jetty for a 2 1/2 hour journey along the fabulous Kinabatangan River, a great way to view up to 10 species of primates including orangutans, gibbons and proboscis monkeys. Birds are plentiful along the river including kingfishers, storks, herons and all eight species of hornbills found in Borneo. After checking in for a three-night stay at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, take a boat trip to search for pygmy elephants, primates, birds and rarer denizens like marbled cats, sun bears or Sumatran rhinoceros. Spend the next three days exploring the Kinabatangan River Valley, including a drive to Gomantong Caves - Sabah's most famous source for the swiftlet nests used in birds-nest soup. Our trip concludes with a two-day, three-night stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley Conservation Area in the heart of the Bornean rainforests, where you have a rare opportunity to see orangutans in the wild.
An optional five-day extension begins in Bali, the cultural heart of Indonesia. Explore temples and witness the grace and precision of Balinese dance before traveling to Flores, the gateway to the remote islands of Rinca and Komodo - home to the famous Komodo dragons.
EcoQuest Travel is dedicated to providing the best possible wildlife viewing experiences. The company's expertise also allows this to be done in the most ecologically and socially responsible manner, understanding the connection between local communities and the natural world and striving to foster this connection whenever and wherever possible.