Borneo: Beneath the Canopy for solo travellers

Resort: Borneo: Beneath the Canopy for solo travellers
Operator: Saga
Destination: Borneo
Price From: £3799.00

An exhilarating experience of a lifetime

Borneos rainforests are blessed with a stunning botanical diversity and unique wildlife which you can discover as part of a small group on this fascinating tour exclusively for solo travellers. Explore the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, cruise tropical rivers and thrill at the chance of seeing the orang-utans of Sepilok. Plus, from the start of your adventure when youll be met at the airport with fast track and airport lounge services, to the farewell dinner at the end of your tour, well ensure you get the most out of travelling solo.


VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners

UK Return flights and transfers // Local expert guide // Porterage at all hotels // Fast track security and airport lounge UK // Welcome drink and dinner // Drinks party // Farewell dinner // Meet and greet at the airport // Social activities

Excursions and visits

Sabah Agriculture Park // Poring Hot Springs and Kinabalu National Park // Gomantong Caves // Evening cruise on the Menanggol River // Birdwatching cruise on an oxbow lake // Sepilok Orang-utan Centre // Sun Bear Conservation Centre // Rainforest Discovery Centre // Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary // Sandakan sightseeing tour // Kota Kinabalu city tour

Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK-Kota Kinabalu

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, depart for your overnight flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Day 2 Kota Kinabalu

Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Marriott Kota Kinabalu. Situated in an idyllic waterfront location this contemporary hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, spa and fitness centre. There is also a buffet restaurant serving local and international cuisine, a seafood restaurant, Japanese restaurant, coffee house and lounge bar. Each of the 332 air-conditioned rooms has a television, minibar, bathrobe and slippers, telephone, safe, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. Look forward to a welcome drink and dinner this evening. D

Kota Kinabalu

Day 3 Kota Kinabalu

Relax this morning, then enjoy an afternoon tour when you can discover some of the highlights of Kota Kinabalu. With museums, mosques, markets, temples and panoramic views, there’s lots to see here. Look forward to a welcome dinner this evening. B, L, D

Kota Kinabalu

Day 4 Kota Kinabalu-Keningau

Pass through stunning mountain scenery on your journey to Keningau. En route youll pause at the Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve’s visitor centre, where you can learn about this rare bloom and, if your luck is in, perhaps see one nearby.

In Keningau take the opportunity to browse the popular night market, where stalls stock a wide range of local spices, handicrafts and other bric-a-brac. Also worth a visit is the Keningau Oath Stone, a large commemorative rock that marks the formation of Malaysia. It was erected in 1964 and the terms of the agreement were literally set in stone.

Spend two nights at the locally rated 3-star Perkasa Hotel, which is basic but comfortable. The facilities here include a restaurant and bar/lounge and free Wi-Fi. B, L, D


Day 5 Sabah Agricultural Park

Visit the beautiful landscaped gardens of the Sabah Agricultural Park this morning and discover an exotic world home to a multitude of birds, insects and mammals. The park features a living crop museum with around 400 different species of industrially-farmed plants, all used to produce a range of medicinal products, oils, spices, condiments, fruit, nuts and even rubber and latex!

The different areas of the park are linked by pretty trails that are surrounded by landscaped grounds, around 400 orchids and an ornamental garden. There’s even a museum dedicated to bees! This afternoon, visit a local handicraft centre where you can learn how to make pottery during a demonstration. B, L, D

Tropical insects

Day 6 Keningau-Kinabalu National Park

Trace the ridges of the lush Crocker Range to Kinabalu National Park, passing farmland, villages and the small town of Tambunan, home of the Kadazan tribes, along the way. Pause en route to witness the rushing cascades at picturesque Mahau Waterfall and peruse the stalls laden with a colourful array of fruit and flowers at Kundasang’s market. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Hill Lodges, Sutera Sanctuary Resorts, which is situated just inside Kinabalu Park at the foot of Mount Kinabalu. Facilities include Liwagu Restaurant, a souvenir shop, laundry service (extra charge), fitness room and internet access (extra charge). The accommodation is basic but comfortable and all 10 rooms are en suite with tea and coffee-making facilities. The accommodation is spread out in a selection of different lodges around the resort and there are steps in and around the lodges. You stay at the Hill Lodge which has a small outdoor seating area and is located a short distance from the restaurant.

Evenings at this altitude can be chilly so pack wisely, and although torches can be provided, you may prefer to bring your own for night walks around the lodges. B, L, D

Mahua waterfall

Day 7 Poring Hot Springs and Kinabalu National Park

Travel to Poring Hot Springs for a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest from the 40-metre high canopy walkway. Alternatively, if its closed, enjoy a stroll through the exotic tropical gardens instead. The park is set at the base of the jagged granite massif of Mount Kinabalu and is a botanical paradise home to hundreds of species of orchids and the world’s largest flower, the rare and pungent rafflesia. This afternoon, you can see a showcase of the park’s flora on a visit to Mountain Garden at the parks visitor centre. B, L, D

Rafflesia flower

Day 8 Kinabalu National Park-Sukau

Leave the hilly Ranau region of Kinabalu and travel along the infamous Sandakan Track route where British and Australian prisoners worked as labourers during World War II. Continue to Sukau village for two nights at the locally rated 2-star Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi. Designed to sit unobtrusively within its tropical surroundings, and overlooking the river, the accommodation is clean, comfortable and simple. As well as an open-air (but covered) restaurant, bar and recreation room, see if you can find the secret tree-house room! Your accommodation is in individual lodges tucked away amid the trees and linked by well-lit paths. All lodges have a balcony, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, shower and toilet. There is no telephone or television, but then you are on a Borneo ‘adventure’… Listen out for the chatter of monkeys, tropical birds and insects on an evening rainforest cruise along the Menanggol River. B, L, D

Long-tailed macaque

Day 9 Kinabatangan River

A great concentration of wildlife can be found along the Kinabatangan River. The region is home to many primates including orang-utan and proboscis monkeys, elephant, crocodile, civet and even rhino. Explore the dense lowland rainforests on a river trip that follows an oxbow lake, perfect for a spot of birdwatching. Look forward to a drinks party on the jetty platform, overlooking the Buki Melapi Lodge. B, L, D


Day 10 Sukau-Gomantong Caves-Sandakan

Travel to Sandakan today, pausing en route at the Gomantong Caves where local people collect edible birds nests. In Sandakan, seek out the primates in the mangrove forests of Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Lunch at a local restaurant. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Sabah Hotel, located near the town centre, yet still surrounded by attractive rainforest. Facilities include a choice of restaurants, an outdoor pool with jacuzzi, a gym, steam room and sauna, and a souvenir and gift shop. All 116 guest rooms are air conditioned and have a television, telephone, radio, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-fridge, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. Safety deposit boxes are available at reception. B, L, D

Proboscis Monkey

Day 11 Sandakan

Visit two wildlife conservation projects that rehabilitate animals with the goal of returning them to the wild Sepilok Orang-utan Centre, established in 1964 to rehabilitate orphan orang-utans, and Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Following lunch at a local restaurant youll learn about Borneo’s delicate eco-system on a visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre where you can venture through the treetops on elevated walkways. B, L, D


Day 12 Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu-Manukan Island

Enjoy a city tour of Sandakan, capital of British North Borneo until its destruction during World War II. The Anglican Church of St Michael and All Angels contrasts with the beautiful 1880s Chinese Temple, dedicated to the goddess of mercy. For an unrivalled view of Sandakan Bay, you’ll visit the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist temple, which was built in 1987 and is an ornate blaze of red and gold. Then travel to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu, from where youll continue by boat to Manukan Island. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Manukan Island Resort, with lunch on arrival. The resort is situated on a private island. Facilities include the Prahu Restaurant which offers a selection of local and international food, and barbeque lunches. Stay in one of 20 air-conditioned chalets which include a television and tea and coffee-making facilities. B, L, D

Manukan Island

Day 13 Manukan Island

At leisure relax by the pool or on the beach, or perhaps enjoy some of the resort’s activities. Manukan Island is one of five tropical islands that together form the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Manukan Island is surrounded by a coral reef, and is home to rainforests and beautiful beaches, perfect for relaxing. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. B, L, D

Manukan Island

Day 14 Manukan Island-Kota Kinabalu-UK

Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu for your return overnight flight back to the UK. B

Kota Kinabalu

Day 15 UK

Arrive this morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.

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