Bookings are now open for the brand new 15-day Best of Borneo tour which introduces travellers to two areas never before visited by Wendy Wu Tours – Bako National Park and the Gomantong Caves.
The tour departs in April and September 2018, and is priced from $5,950 per person twin share, including flights ex-SYD/MEL/ADL, accommodation, transport, all meals, all touring and entrance fees and expert English-speaking guides.
Commencing in Kuching, the tour takes in Sarawak, before heading to Bako National Park. From there, travellers will have the opportunity to spot orang-utans at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, before heading to the unmatched Batang Ai National Park, meeting the local Iban people, and witness a traditional war dance.
Flying to Kota Kinabalu, guests will explore the city’s sights, as well as the foothills of Mt Kinabalu. Next stop, Sandakan, where guests will visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, before heading to Sepilok’s Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). Then, a cruise along the Kinabatangan River where guests will spot wildlife along one of the world’s richest ecosystems – possibly sighting hornbills, pygmy elephants and orang-utans! Guests will enjoy a final sightseeing opportunity at the Gomantong Caves before returning home.
Bako National Park, located in Sarawak, covers the northern tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, and covers an area of over 27 sq km. Like a microcosm of Borneo, Bako offers travellers almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo, as well as a replete and rich variety of wildlife – including long-tailed macaques, silver leaf monkeys, wild boar and a host of birdlife. The area is also home to over 250 rare Proboscis monkeys, endemic to Borneo.
The Gomantong Caves are an intricate system of caves in Sandakan, Sabah, with the surrounding area protected for wildlife, including the endangered orang-utan. Inside the Caves, thousands of swifts create their nests, later harvested for birds nest soup via a complicated system of rattan ladders, bamboo poles and ropes. Remarkably, these have been traded for hundreds of years.