12 days

From £4,295

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The Malaysian island nation of Borneo offers a unique range of plants and animals in the pristine habitats of its rainforests and rivers. Our tour offers two opportunities to see flowering Rafflesia, a bizarre plant found only in south-east Asia that has no leaves, roots or stems and can weigh up to 10kg. We also come face to face with Orangutan, Borneo’s iconic ‘man of the forest’, and Sun Bears, the smallest and most arboreal of all bears, both endangered species that are the subject of rehabilitation and conservation schemes - there is an opportunity to adopt and support a Sun Bear should you wish.

Our journey takes us from the capital Kota Kinabalu in the west to Sandakan in the east, travelling through mountainous terrain with volcanic hot springs, lush rainforests and fertile river systems. Boardwalks and canopy walkways provide easy access to natural habitats and the chance to see a wide range of plants, birds and animals. On the Kinabatangan River we offer no fewer than four river cruises, in the early morning, day time and at night, allowing the opportunity to see a vast range of wildlife. We also see colourful markets and Buddhist temples, giving an insight into the human aspect as well as the wildlife. Our tour ends in style with a couple of nights at a luxurious resort, where you may easily be tempted to extend your stay.

In October 2022, our tour is led by Colin Crosbie who was the Head Gardener to Her Majesty The Queen Mother in Windsor prior to taking up the position of Curator at RHS Garden Wisley. His extensive horticultural knowledge and experience coupled with his good humour have established him as one of Brightwater’s most popular guides.

Tour highlights:

  • Take a walk through the mangroves of the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands
  • A chance to see huge Rafflesia flowers
  • Spot Orangutan in the wild as well as at a rehabilitation centre
  • See Sun Bears as close quarters with a personal tour from the founder of the Conservation Centre
  • Day and night wildlife cruises on the Kinabatangan River

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Deposit: £430 Single supplement: £675

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
25 October 2022 BBOR221025 25 October 2022 (Tuesday) 5 November 2022 (Saturday) Colin Crosbie £4,295
(inc. flights)
£430 £675 Book your trip
22 March 2023 BBOR230321 22 March 2023 (Wednesday) 2 April 2023 (Sunday) £4,295
(inc. flights)
£430 £675 Book your trip
24 October 2023 BBOR231024 24 October 2023 (Tuesday) 5 November 2023 (Sunday) £4,395
(inc. flights)
£440 £675 Book your trip
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