Orangutanland Trip Notes
Trip code: GTBB
Trip valid from: 01/01/2013
Trip valid until: 30/06/2014
Trip length: 18
Trip starts in: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Trip ends in: Kuching
Maximum group size: maximum 16
- Culturally Diverse Kuching
- The Bats And Caves Of Gunung Mulu National Park
- The Monkeys Of Bako National Park
- UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu National Park
- Wise Orangutan Say: "He Who Grippeth The Rope With Three Hands, Grippeth The Rope Well."
- Stay With The Descendents Of Borneo’s Legendary Headhunters
- Sabah's Capital Kota Kinabalu
- Headhunters Trail Trek - Follow In The Footsteps Of Kayan Warriors
- Kinabatangan River Wildlife Cruise
- Mesilau Nature Resort
- Mount Kinabalu Climb
- Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre
- Hike To The Top Of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo
Know your Fanta Pants*:Orangutans live in trees and build fancy sleeping nests every night, complete with mattress and pillows.They’ve got opposable thumbs, opposable toes and a 360-degree rotating hip joint. Jealous?Female orangutans like to flirt while pregnant, making the males confused about which one is their baby mama.*Written by a Ranga.(Was Best of Borneo)
Kota KinabaluThe locals call it ‘KK’ so don’t make a dick of yourself by calling Sabah’s capital ‘Kota Kinabalu’.
Sandakan - SepilokRangas of the world rejoice. Today we meet their namesake at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Kinabatangan RiverRide a boat along the river, keep an eye out for monkeys, elephants, giant squirrels, macaques and orangutans. Stay in a local house for a night. (2B, L, 2D)
Mount KinabaluIt’s a tough hike but if you can handle some long walks with the odd hill you’ll be fine. The epic view from the top makes the sweat and chafing worth it. (B, L, D)
KKHead to the waterfront for a celebratory seafood feast or take a day trip to one of the nearby islands for a beer and a swim. Your trek-weary legs will soon be a distant memory.
Limbang - Iban LonghouseHave a laugh with our local Iban hosts. Sleep in their traditional longhouse (as the name suggests its a long single roomed house so snorers beware).
Headhunters Trail - Camp 5Follow the former trail of the Kayan headhunters (breathe easy we said ‘former’ being used). Prepare to get dirty, it gets pretty wet and muddy here. (B, L, D)
Mulu National ParkWalk a bit more before we board a longboat down the Melinau River. Stop by Deer Cave, home to 32 million bats. Its Bruce Wayne's worst nightmare. (2B, 2L, 2D)
KuchingStu reckons you should head to Semenggoh Wildlife Rehab Centre for orangutan feeding time at either 9am or 3pm. Then grab a bite at Top Spot Food Court with the locals. (B)
Bako National Park - KuchingCheck out the macaques, wild boar, proboscis monkeys (the ones with the big noses), giant monitor lizards and more.
Itinerary VariationWhile the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.
About The Imaginative Traveller
Our aim has always been to provide exceptional travel experiences. We believe that adventure travel should be stimulating, and that it should give you an authentic experience of a place. We want our travellers to relish the amazing diversity of countries and cultures the world has to offer. Our focus is on innovation, not imitation.
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One of our strengths has been our obsession with quality. We've always believed that our commitment to you doesn't end as soon as you've paid for your holiday. On the contrary, it is just beginning. Whilst most operators simply get a local company to handle the day to day operation of their tours, we do it all ourselves. We have managers for each of our key destinations around the world and all our small groups are escorted by our own leaders. Our local teams include guides, drivers, administration staff and contacts in the local community who help us ensure that our adventures are active and involving.
For comparability, all prices in this dossier are quoted in one currency. We use the US Dollar since that is familiar to most. However, once on tour you will need to pay for all goods and services in the local currency. See your Country Dossier for details of exchange rates.
Think about the feeling you get after completing one of the world’s great treks: seeing Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate after gruelling days on the Inca Trail; looking down on Africa from its summit, Kilimanjaro; relaxing by Pokhara’s perfect lake after tackling Annapurna’s rugged tracks. The legs might ache but the feeling of pride in your achievements is overwhelming. More than that though, trekking gets you up close and personal with the world’s finest landscapes and many interesting cultures. Walk through remote jungle to visit the tribes of northern Thailand and Vietnam, or explore China’s iconic Tiger Leaping Gorge by foot, and you’ll find the country opens up in a whole new way, the slow pace all the better for appreciating the surroundings. It’s definitely better to travel than to arrive – particularly when the travel’s all on your own steam.
Whether you’re taking in man’s greatest works at places like Petra or Angkor Wat, experiencing grand set-pieces like the Trans-Mongolian Railway or trying your hand at regional specialities like tango in Buenos Aires, getting to grips with local cultures is what travel’s all about. A few tips from a guide and a sense of adventure are pretty much all you need. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get the lowdown on high Tibet among Lhasa’s magisterial temples; follow up Delhi’s eye-popping bustle with a fix of its fiery food; and mix manic markets and Incan masterpieces in Peru.
Please note that the Kinabalu Climb requires a good level of fitness, and we recommend that you build up your walking stamina before departure. Specialist equipment is not required, however you must have comfortable, strong shoes with good grip and be prepared for a steep climb. The final section involves climbing steep exposed rock - if the weather is wet or your tour leader feels your fitness is not sufficient you will not be allowed to summit.
- Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Sandakan Memorial Park; MESCOT Eco-Tourism initiative; Mesilau Nature Resort; Gunung Mulu National Park - Wind and Clearwater Caves and the bats of Deer Cave.- Orang-utan encounter at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, including an overnight stay in a lodge.- Miso Walai home stay by Kinabatangan River, including a boat cruise in search of wildlife.- Ascent of Mount Kinabalu via the Mesilau trail, with overnight accommodation in a basic hut (dormitory-style).- Overnight stay in a traditional longhouse as guests of the Iban people.- Trek on the Headhunters Trail – where few tourists venture, with an overnight stay in a jungle hut.- Longboat trip down the Melinau River to Mulu.- Day trip to Bako National Park.- Time at a beach-side retreat on Kinarut’s seashore.- Free time to explore Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.- Local flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan, Mulu to Miri and Miri to Kuching.- Ferry from Sabah to Sarawak.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Longhouse,Jungle shelter,Guesthouse,Mountain huts,Hotel,Jungle/rainforest lodge
Single room supplementMost of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.
A good level of fitness is required for the climb. You will trek on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking between 3-8 hours per day.The itinerary and supplementary information has been compiled with care and provided in good faith. However it may be subject to change, and does not form part of a contract between the client and The Imaginative Traveller.
Responsible Travel - Travellers' Guidelines
At Imaginative Traveller we love helping our clients experience the beauty and cultures of the destinations we visit. However, hand in hand with this we have always been aware that we have a responsibility to minimise any negative impacts that tourism can bring.
Responsible Travel is twofold. It’s about taking people to the places they want to go in a safe and responsible manner but also about respecting and maintaining the natural and often delicate balance of the destination. Economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, but should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment.
- It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit.
- We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.
- Whilst it is our aim to show destinations and cultures in a positive light, we do not believe in papering over the cracks or shielding visitors from the realities of life. This does not mean, however, that we condone or endorse certain situations or regimes that may be in place.
Our guidelines are meant not as rigid instructions but rather as suggestions to make our holidays more enjoyable – for everybody. As cultural and environmental sensitivities vary from country to country more specific guidelines can be found in our individual country and trip dossiers.
Before you depart try to spend some time familiarising yourself with the destination you will be travelling to – their culture and customs. The country dossiers on our website offer detailed information about all the regions we visit. They also include some useful phrases in the local language for you to use on your trip! A few words of the local language can open up many more opportunities for you to interact with the people you will meet.
Although it is tempting to give out pens, sweets and money to people begging, and particularly tempting to give to children, we feel that this encourages a begging mentality and has a long-term negative impact on communities. If someone begging earns more than someone in the same community who works this can discourage local employment. If children regularly bring home money it may discourage their parents from sending them to school. It is of course your own personal choice but you could consider giving to registered charities or contributing to our Responsible Travel fund instead. Money donated through our fund to our worldwide projects is matched pound for pound by Imaginative Traveller and used to help local grassroots projects.
Always ask permission to photograph local people and respect their decision if they would prefer not to have their picture taken.
Respect local dress codes, especially at religious sites. Our tour leaders are always on hand to give you advice about this.
In many of the countries we visit you might see examples of animal cruelty (for example dancing bears, performing monkeys and snake charmers). Please do not take photographs of this or offer money as it encourages the activity.
Respect the environment you are in. It sounds obvious but do not throw litter, take it with you or use rubbish bins! You may see locals throwing rubbish on the street but do not follow their example!
When shopping in countries where haggling is the norm – enjoy it and only pay what you feel is a fair price for the goods you are purchasing. However, remember that the shopkeeper does have to make a living so do stop once you have reached a price you are happy with. Bargaining should be fun but always remember that a small amount can mean much more to the vendor than to you.
Endeavor to take home souvenirs made locally; the money you spend can be very important to the local communities. However, do use your common sense and don’t buy anything that you think might be made out of endangered animals or plants.
To help keep as much money as possible in the host country - try to eat in locally owned restaurants and order local drinks and produce rather than international brands.
In hotels do be conscious of how much water you are using. Many of the areas we visit regularly have shortages; try not to have hour long showers! Don’t leave lights, air conditioners or fans on when you leave the room – you wouldn’t at home!
Respect the environment you are in, especially when in national parks or reserves. Pay attention to rules about keeping on paths, keeping a distance from animals and not removing any of the natural habitat.
Relax and immerse yourself in the differences of the culture you are in – you’ll be back home in the familiar soon enough (and wishing you were still on holiday!). These cultural differences are part of what makes your experience special.
If you would like to offset the carbon dioxide that will be produced on your flights you can do this on our website (on our Responsible travel page). We work with climatecare, who will reduce the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide that you produce in another part of the World through their emission reduction projects. These projects are low carbon efficient technologies in developing countries and not only serve to reduce emissions but also help to spread the adoption of low carbon technologies and improve the quality of life for local communities. Details of climatecare’s projects can be found on their website.
If you would like to contribute to our Worldwide projects, helping communities all over the World, you can also do this on our website or with a sales consultant. Please refer to our responsible travel page on the website for details of our current projects. Any donation you make will be matched £ for £ by Imaginative Traveller (up to a maximum of £1000).
Have a great trip!
Please do let us know if you have any comments about responsible travel at email@example.comThe Imaginative Traveller & Gecko's Adventures This trip is operated by our partner company, Gecko's Adventures. Gecko's is an Australia based company with more than 10 years experience in adventure travel and they share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code shared departure you can expect there to be both Imaginative Traveller and Gecko's travellers on your trip.
Last updated: 06/02/2013