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Borneo Dragonflies Tour

September 2018

Extend your holiday with a few days in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01  31st August 2018    Fly from home country to Kota Kinabalu. Sabah.

Day 02   1st September        Arrive KOTA  KINABALU  (MERCURE HOTEL)

Meet and greet at airport and transfer to hotel. Remainder of day at leisure waiting for whole group to arrive. Welcome dinner and opportunity to meet fellow members of the group. (D)

DAY 03   2nd September       SANDAKAN  (SABAH HOTEL)

Early start for flight to Sandakan.  Check-in at your hotel followed by sight-seeing in Sandakan including visit to water village and Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Dinner at English Tea House. (B/L/D)


After breakfast drive to Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. View feeding of the Orang Utans. Later drive to Borneo Rainforest Lodge (or similar) and check in. PM boat cruise to see Proboscis monkeys in the wild. Evening, dinner at the Lodge and talk by Dragonfly expert. ( B/L/D)

DAY 05   4th September        BORNEO NATURE LODGE

Early morning cruise along Kinabatangan River to Oxbow Lake to experience the wilderness of Borneo and large variety of wildlife. After breakfast drive to Gomantong Cave famed for its edible birds nests and a number of species of dragonflies. PM explore area around the Lodge and a late afternoon cruise to find more dragonflies and other wildlife.  (B/L/D)

Day 06   5th September         OXBOW LAKE

Another chance to explore the area surrounding the Lodge mainly spent cruising and locating areas where dragonflies can be found. ( B/L/D)

Day 07   6th September         SUKAU   (KAWAG DANUM RAINFOREST LODGE)

After breakfast depart for Sukau and Lahad Datu and onwards to Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge.  Check in and then relax until PM guided trek along a riverine trail and a chance to see elephants and the rare Tambadau. A Night Drive ends the day weather permitting. (B/L/D)

Day 08    7th September          KAWAG DANUM RAINFOREST LODGE

Early morning birdwatching walk. After breakfast a guided trek into the forest and ending at a stunning waterfall. Sightings of bearded pig and elephants are possible along the trail. PM guided walk along Kawag River in search of dragonflies and more wildlife. (B/L/D)

Day 09     8th  September         KAWAG RAINFOREST LODGE

Very early start for a trek to the highest point in the area for a panoramic view. After breakfast another chance to explore the Kawag River. Late PM guided walk to an observation tower to witness the sunset.(B/L/D)

Day 10     9th September         KAWAG  -  BORNEO RAINFOREST LODGE

After breakfast check out and drive to Borneo Rainforest Lodge located in the Primary dipterocarp rainforest. After check in some leisure time with some presentations by the naturalists at the Lodge and a PM walk along a Canopy Walk some 26m above ground level. Weather permitting there will be a Night Drive to see the nocturnal wildlife. (B/L/D)

Day 11     10th September        BORNEO RAINFOREST LODGE / TREKKING

After breakfast trek to Coffin Cliff for a panoramic view of the area, followed by a descent to a large natural pool for a refreshing dip. PM optional jungle trek or relax at the Danum River.  A second Night Walk if weather permits. (B/L/D)

Day 12    11th September       FLIGHT TO KOTA KINABALU 1725hrs  (SHANGRI LA  TANGJUNG ARU RESORT)

After a leisurely breakfast the day is at leisure until departing for the airport at Lahad Datu for a flight to Kota Kinabalu.  Meet and greet at airport and transfer to your Resort. After check in free at leisure until dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 13   12th September         MANUKAN ISLAND TOUR

After breakfast transfer to a local boat jetty for a short boat ride to Manukan Island, in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. A whole day at leisure to enjoy the facilities provided on the island. Water sports can be enjoyed or simply relax. Maybe search for dragonflies. Return to the Resort in time to discover a local restaurant which serves the food which appeals to you. (B/L)

Day 14    13th September        AT LEISURE

After breakfast you are free to relax or explore Kota Kinabalu and do some souvenir shopping. Return to the Resort in time for a Farewell Dinner at a local seafood restaurant. (B/D)

Day 15     14th September       DEPARTURE DAY

After a leisurely breakfast,  departures begin for flights to home countries.

Tour cost:  GBP 4,632 per person on Twin bedded room sharing basis

Single Supplement for Single occupancy Double/Twin room: GBP 2,560

Tour Cost includes all accommodation and meals as stated in above itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner) ; all necessary transport, transfers & internal flights; all sightseeing and jungle activities as detailed in above itinerary; English speaking local guides.

Tour Cost does not include: international flights; holiday or medical insurance; personal expenses, such as phone calls or wifi; laundry; bar bills; tips, etc.; or any item not stated as included in above itinerary.

All wildlife tours are enhanced by the naturalists who lead them and we believe we have secured the services of one of the foremost experts in Odonata species or dragonflies and damselflies as they are usually referred to. David Raju is one of the finest young naturalists who can more usually be found escorting people in India during their wildlife tours but his special interest is dragonflies and he has graciously accepted our offer to lead this tour in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. David’s resume can be found below and from which it can be gathered that there is no better person to lead this very specialised wildlife tour. In addition to dragonflies this tour will include visits to see Orangutans at a famous rehabilitation centre, Proboscis monkeys, elephants and much else besides. And if that is not sufficient, you will be staying in the best hotels and lodges available with everything being arranged to ensure that your every comfort is looked after.

Hailing from a small town named Kottayam in Kerala, south India, David Raju, whilst still young, became associated with a local NGO named Kottayam Nature Society where he learnt the basics of natural history. David has been now been working in the field of wildlife for the last twelve years. What started as a mere hobby, soon turned into a relentless passion. From large mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, frogs and his beloved dragonflies, where his expertise lies, David is interested in them all. He spends more than 300 days a year in the jungles of Central India or the Western Ghats and becomes grumpy during the days when he has to stay out. During the monsoon months he can be found in the Western Ghats running after his passion, observing & studying dragonflies and frogs. He was part of a team which described 12 new frogs from Western Ghats and a gecko from central India. He co-authored the book 'Photographic guide to the Dragonflies of Kerala'. and, with his great friend Surya Ramachandran, wrote the 'Photographic Field Guide Wildlife of Central India'. He is always keen to learn about new things ranging from ants to tigers. Despite being a jungle nerd, David is a 'people' person and is always willing to help young and budding biologists. And if you are having trouble getting those perfect photographs, David can point out what you need to do to take that prize winning photograph.

All dragonfly photographs courtesy of and thanks to Dr. Arthur Chung

This tour cannot be beaten for its content and as interest is likely to be large & numbers limited, we

strongly recommend early booking. All bookings made by 1st May will receive a discount of £200 per person.