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  • Gigantic cave systems, dense jungle, idyllic beaches
  • Jungle hikes and boat trips for wildlife viewing
Malaysia: Hiking Tour (Guided)
Trip number
3506
Number of guests
8-15 people
Travel time
20 days
Level of difficulty
1-2 boots

Do you love nature and exotic animals? Then Borneo is a real paradise for you! Gigantic cave systems and evergreen rainforests await us in one of the oldest natural areas in the world. In the dense jungle we discover the unique fauna on foot and on boat trips. We get very close to the orangutans and proboscis monkeys. On Libaran Island we get to know the colorful underwater world. Relaxation on the beach, expeditions in the jungle, encounter with the Dusun people: look forward to the adventure of a lifetime!

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Day 1: Departure to Malaysia

Arrival in Kuala Lumpur, flight to Miri and transfer to our hotel in the city center. Here we dare to take our first steps on Borneo. Bars, restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance. 2 nights hotel accommodation in Miri. 16 km.

Day 3: Niah National Park

After breakfast we drive to the Niah-NP, which is known for its gigantic cave systems. First we visit the museum with numerous important relics. Then we hike on a footbridge to the spectacular Niah Caves and explore them extensively. GZ 3-4 hours. They are i.a. famous for the edible swallow nests that are located in the up to 100 m high ceilings. They are collected in dangerous climbing maneuvers and usually exported as a delicacy for a lot of money. The enormous dimensions and the ancient rock paintings are impressive. Return to Miri after lunch and free time. 85 km. (F, M)

Day 4 - 6: Mulu National Park

The Mulu National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) can boast one of the largest cave systems in the world and a great diversity of species. The huge cave complexes are testimonies to the history of the earth. In them you can find tropical vegetation and gigantic stalactites. After a short domestic flight, we freshen up and hike to the Paku waterfall. GZ 2-3 hours. In the morning of the 5th day we will explore the national park on our own. With a view of the Paku River, we then follow the world's longest treetop path at a height of approx. 25 meters. We continue over a footbridge through primary forest to the Deer Cave and the Lang Cave, which we also get to know from inside. GZ 3-4 hours. In the evening we marvel at the bats swarming out - a spectacular natural spectacle. On the 6th day we take a longboat up the Melinau River and visit a small market as well as the Wind and Clearwater caves with a mighty underground river. GZ 1-2 hours. 3 nights lodge in Mulu National Park. (3 x F, 2 x M, 3 x A)

Day 7: Kota Kinabalu 28.08.21

We fly to Kota Kinabalu and have the rest of the day at leisure. If you want, you can explore the capital of Sabah on your own. In the evening you can enjoy delicious seafood on the bayfront. 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kota Kinabalu. (F)

Day 8: the island of corals

We take the boat to an offshore coral island for a day of relaxation. We have the opportunity to snorkel and discover the sometimes still colorful underwater world in the coral reefs or enjoy sunbathing on the beach. (F, M)

Day 9-10: Dusun village life

We drive to Sayap in the country and get to know the way of life of the Dusun, the largest ethnic group of Sabah. They live mainly from growing fruit and vegetables, but also from fishing and rubber production. We have lunch with a local family. Then we explore the picturesque village, in the background of which the majestic Mount Kinabalu towers. Located at almost 500 meters above sea level, the climate is pleasant. The village is surrounded by dense jungle, which is home to a huge biodiversity. There are many streams, waterfalls and orchids in the primary rainforest. In the evening we watch as a local dish is being prepared before our eyes. If you want, you are welcome to help a little. The next morning we learn a lot about rubber cultivation. Then we go on a hike in the primary rainforest (GZ 2-3 hours), where we can also swim along cascading waterfalls. Back in the village we get an insight into traditional fishing methods of the Dusun. 2 nights with locals in Sayap. 90 km on day 9 (2 x F, 2 x L, 2 x A)

Day 11: Mount Kinabalu National Park 01.09.21

Mount Kinabalu National Park lies at the foot of the highest mountain range in Southeast Asia. It offers a unique concentration of lush flora from all climates. A hike brings us closer to the rich flora of the tropics. GZ 2-3 hours. Overnight hotel accommodation in Kundasang near the national park. 85 km. (F, M)

After breakfast, a longer drive awaits us to Sepilok, which is famous for the largest orangutan rehabilitation center in the world. In almost untouched rainforest, orangutan orphans are prepared for life in the wild. Depending on your arrival time, we will be enchanted by the sight of you this afternoon or on the morning of the 14th day of travel. Overnight hotel accommodation in Sepilok. 270 km. (F)

Day 13: Libaran Island

Let's go to Sandakan and from there by boat to Libaran Island, where we can relax a little and get a first introduction to the protection of the local turtles. In the evening we have the opportunity to release baby turtles into the sea on the beach at sunset. After dark we can even see turtles laying eggs with a bit of luck. On clear nights we have the chance to see the Milky Way. Overnight camp in a comfort tent on Libaran Island. (F, M, A)

Day 14: Orangutans04.09.21

We leave Libaran Island and, back on the mainland, visit the orangutan rehabilitation center if there was not enough time on the 12th day of travel. We continue to the Kinabatangan River, where we will discover the wonderful world of animals and birds more closely over the next few days. In the evening we take our first boat trip on the river and look out for the diverse jungle inhabitants along the river banks. Depending on the weather, we also go on a night hike through the wilderness to track down nocturnal animals. 3 nights lodge at Kinabatangan. 130 km. (F, M, A)

Day 15-16: Kinabatangan River

Here on the Kinabatangan, the longest river in Sabah, we undertake two boat tours in the morning and two in the evening on the next two days and hike through the tropical rainforest with an experienced jungle guide during the day. GZ 1-2 hours each. Optionally and depending on the weather conditions, a night boat trip is also possible. Always with the aim of spotting the numerous animals. In addition to the strange-looking proboscis monkeys, with a bit of luck we can also encounter wild orangutans, spectacled langurs, macaques, wild cats, the smallest elephant species in the world, crocodiles and a colorful, dazzling world of birds and insects. (2 x F, 2 x M, 2 x A)

Day 17-18: Kuala Lumpur

After one last trip on the Kinabatangan, we return to civilization. Transfer to Sandakan and flight to Kuala Lumpur. In Kuala Lumpur we have free time. Our hotel is very centrally located and the location offers a variety of options. 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kuala Lumpur. 180 km on day 17. (2 x B)

Day 19: journey home 09.09.21

Airport transfer and return flight. 65 km. (F)

conditions

Boot category 1-2

  • Average walking times of 4 to 5 hours.
  • Height differences averaging 400 meters.
  • Some hikes can also be of the 1 or 2 boot category
  • Suitable for guests with normal fitness

Level of difficulty

Hikes: 5 x easy (1-3 hours), 2 x moderate (3-5 hours)

This is how you live

The accommodations in detail

nights
2

room
293

Bath / WC
in the room

location
The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the Miri Handicraft Center and the Miri City Fan Municipal Park.

Furnishing
WiFi, pool, 24-hour reception, air conditioning, TV, coffee and tea facilities, minibar, hairdryer

to the hotel's website

nights
3

Bath / WC
in the room

location
The lodge is located in the Mulu National Park.

nights
2

room
492

Bath / WC
in the room

location
Kota Kinabalu Central Market is just 1 km from the property. There are also numerous restaurants within a radius of about 1-2 km.

Furnishing
WiFi, TV, 24-hour room service, coffee and tea facilities, mini fridge

nights
2

Bath / WC
sharing

nights
1

Bath / WC
in the room

location
The property is located in the highland town of Kundasang, on top of the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. The resort is approximately an hour and a half drive from Kota Kinabalu town.

Furnishing
TV, cold / hot water,

to the hotel's website

nights
1

room
60

Bath / WC
in the room

location
The resort is located in the middle of nature in the green. From the accommodation it is about 100 meters to the world-famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center (about 5 minutes on foot).

Furnishing
Fitness room, swimming pool, massage facility, TV,

to the hotel's website

nights
1

Bath / WC
sharing

location
The camp is off Libaran Island.

Furnishing
small desk

nights
3

Bath / WC
in the room

location
The property is located in Kampung Bilit Village, the gateway to the Wildlife Forest Reserve. The Kinabatangan River meanders through the landscape near the property.

Furnishing
WiFi, TV, air conditioning, safe, coffee and tea facilities, hairdryer

to the hotel's website

nights
2

room
223

Bath / WC
in the room

location
The hotel is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and is an ideal base for exploring the city.

Furnishing
WiFi, TV, coffee and tea facilities, minibar, hairdryer

to the hotel's website

Services, dates and prices

  • Flight with Oman Air in the economy class to Kuala Lumpur and back, domestic flights with Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Miri, from Miri to Mulu, from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu and from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur
  • Airport transfers in the destination country
  • Transport during the trip by air-conditioned coach and boat
  • 8 nights in middle-class hotels in double rooms with bath or shower / toilet, 6 nights in simple jungle lodges in double rooms with bath or shower / toilet, 2 nights with locals and 1 night in comfort tents with beds, each with shared sanitary facilities
  • 17 x breakfast, 11 x light lunch or packed lunch, 9 x dinner
  • Program as described
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Always there for you: German-speaking, qualified Viking tour guide and English-speaking Malaysian guides

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