Wildlife spotting: Always best in the wild!

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Wildlife spotting in Sabah is exceptional on the eastern coast of the state, and is an experience always best in the wild!

Downbelow’s Expedition Borneo program, for our adventurers’ who have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu not even a week ago, is a 30-day experience program in which time they will gain an appreciation for the natural beauty in Sabah, Borneo. Ecotourism is our chosen form of responsible travel and tours, and each of the adventure activities of our Expedition Borneo program, are conducted with this as a priority for our clients to appreciate their global footprint is reduced as much as possible!

Along the Kinabatangan River, participants have the opportunity to spot rare and endemic animals, such as orang utan, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, and if they are incredibly lucky there are Bornean pygmy elephants (though a very slim chance, because of their low population!)

Boats used for the river cruises do not have a roof, so when Sabah Travel Centre Manager Alice delivers the presentation on their wildlife safari activity, they are encouraged to visit our KK Dive Shop (only next door!). They are advised to invest in a rashguard in particular, which they can use for ALL of their activities – from learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to climbing Mount Kinabalu!

Get more information on a program we can personalise for your travelling adventure group to explore Sabah, Borneo, when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

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Recent adventure group of 20+ participants on our 30-day Expedition Borneo program were more than ready to start their climb from Timpohon Gate to Lows Peak!

It’s a great deal easier to put into perspective of how challenging climbing Mount Kinabalu is, when climbers are informed on what to expect.

Our Sabah Travel Centre offer clients as much advice as possible, so they successfully reach the summit of Sabah’s iconic landmark at 4,095 metres.

Climbing guests appreciate very much a video of the arduous climb created by our Sabah Travel Centre and Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop using a GoPro Hero camera. It illustrates the differences of environment from kilometere to kilometre; some of the way the trail are man-made stairs accompanied by railings, or large rocks and boulders, which are sturdy, or steep inclines (the last kilometre of the mountain) where ropes are needed to assist climbing (and are provided!)

Expedition Borneo groups are always successful in reaching the summit and back in Kota Kinabalu the following day for another adventure activity, such as learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course, because we give more than enough preparation!

Get more details on including a 2D1N standard climbing Mount Kinabalu package with a personalised itinerary of the Expedition Borneo program when you get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre!

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Suffice it to say that Borneo will immerse travellers in the beautiful co-existence of so many different tribes, cultures, traditions and beliefs, and on our Expedition Borneo! program, we choose Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah as the perfect all-round destination to broaden our adventurers’ minds!

This month, Sandakan welcomes another adventure group from Denmark to visit the landmarks in the former state capital, such as the Puu Jih Shih temple that overlooks Sandakan town. Steps cascade from the front entrance of the temple to offer a large balcony to view the panoramic vista of the gorgeous blue waters of the Sulu Sea!

After touring Sandakan, the group adjourns to their lodge along the Kinabatangan River where they will overnight in dormitory-style accommodations and explore the rainforests of Bilit Village! Each morning is an early start at dawn to join scheduled river cruises for the chance to spot rare and endemic Borneo wildlife, such as orangutan and proboscis monkeys, or if they’re really lucky, maybe pygmy elephants!

Discovering Sabah in its amazing entirety needs some thoughtful planning, of which our Head Office team of helpful travel experts are experienced in creating an itinerary for a small or large group! Contact us to get more details on your Borneo adventure!

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