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Luxury Borneo Travel

WILDLIFE, RAINFORESTS, BEACHES, ECO-LODGES

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Borneo. The name rings with end-of-the-earth appeal, occupying an almost mythological place in the traveler's lexicon, as though it were a jungle-covered Atlantis. Yet custom travel to Borneo reveals wonders that are very real—rainforests teem with wildlife such as the pygmy Asian elephant, proboscis monkey, clouded leopard, Malaysian tiger, slow loris, sun bear, barking deer, pig-tailed macaque and the huge flying fox bat. The profusion and variety of bird species is also astounding.

And then there is the orangutan, or "man of the forest" in Malay. These extraordinary creatures may be seen up close in the wild at places like the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, where orphaned orangutans are conditioned to return to the wild. Founded in 1964,

the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre was created in order to protect orangutans who had been kept in captivity or made homeless due to logging activity, and no trip to Borneo is complete without a visit. The apes that are brought here are rehabilitated to forest life, and there are two daily feeding times for them. Over the years, the center has handled about 80 orangutans, and it now encompasses 15 square miles. In addition to the orangutans, visitors can see Sumatran rhinos and walk on trails through the rainforest for a close-up look at a diverse world of trees, climbing plants, birds and insects.

Highlights of a Borneo tour could include a jungle river cruise with a silent outboard motor, which allows close access to wild orangutans, macaques and hornbills. Or help release green and hawksbill turtle hatchlings to the sea on Turtle Island. At Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary visit Ox-Bow Lake, to search for hairy-nosed otters, tortoises and the freshwater terrapin. Go out on a nocturnal wildlife jeep safari, to look for the western tarsier and slow loris. Don your mask and flippers and head out into the clear waters off Sipidan to see schools of barracuda that travel in tornado-like formation, greenback and hawksbill turtles, manta rays and huge but harmless whale sharks. Some of our favorite Borneo tours include a classic luxury barge on an expedition up the mighty Rajang River.

Borneo travel is at once wildly remote and logistically easy, due to a well-developed infrastructure for accessing its natural treasures. Suspended aerial walkways in many areas of the jungle canopy make travel to Borneo an exceptional immersion in wildlife habitat. Eco-tourism in Borneo provides direct financial benefit to its wondrous species, and will help decide the fate of many of Borneo's animals, so don't delay travel to Borneo.

Experience Counts

Our expertise in Borneo small group tours is unparalleled, and that's we have customized travel to Borneo for the World Wildlife Fund for over a decade. Among our other travelers to Borneo are the American Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and discerning individuals.

Learn More About Borneo Travel

To learn more about Borneo travel and all it has to offer, access more detailed information on Essential and Extended Destinations, as well as information about things to do in Borneo, Borneo weather by region and season, hotels and eco-lodges in Borneo and much more.

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Wild Borneo

This tour de force lets you experience some of the world's greatest jungle and marine habitats and their rare inhabitants-including wild orangutans.

Biologists believe that there could be thousands of additional plant and animal species that have yet to be identified on Borneo.

"On much of the island, the rain forest that orangutans and other rare animals call home is being chopped down and otherwise exploited at an alarming rate," says Asia Transpacific travel consultant Tom Lastick. "In Sabah, the Malaysian government is doing a better job of preserving the land. But even here, you can't promise that the next generation will be able to see orangutans in the wild."

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