Who's wild about seeing Orangutans in the wild?
We all are. Especially now. Sadly, Orangutans are on the brink of extinction due to greedy humans deforesting their natural habitat in return for money from palm oil. Luckily, there are a few brave humans willing to put their lives on the line to save them. And you can help too, by visiting Orangutans in the Wild. Because your visit to their sanctuaries will contribute to their very survival.
Here's a fun fact:- These lovable, intelligent primates might have fur as orange as a can of Fanta, but their name derives from the Malay and Indonesian words orang for person and hutan meaning forest. Which might give you a clue as to where you're off to! Where Malaysia meets Indonesia on the far-off, exotic island of Borneo.
If you're a true intrepid explorer, you can hike the rich rainforests of the Danum Valley to see the largest populations of wild orangutans in the world. Or, for the less intrepid, you can visit rehabilitation centres such as Sepilok where pet orangutans and individuals rescued from snares and bushfires are helped back into the wild. Either way, we're determined you're going to get up close and personal with orangutans and many more of Borneo's wild inhabitants.
Borneo Free - as free as the wind blows!
If you're lucky, you might see a flotilla of other fauna because The Danum Valley is home to the last 1,000 - 1,500 Borneo pygmy elephants, rare Sumatran rhinos, sun bears and clouded leopards, whilst crocodiles ply through the Kinabatangan River’s waters. But wait, there's more! That goose-like honking sound you hear echoing around the forest belongs to red-nosed proboscis monkeys searching for a mate, while the call of the Bornean gibbon can be heard a kilometre away!
Was that a hornbill I just heard behind me as I prepare for a 24hr hike up Mount Kinabalu? Probably!
And that's just the wildlife on terra firma - Borneo also offers some of the world’s best diving off the coral islands of Lankayan and Mataking; home to endangered green and hawksbill turtles, sharks and countless tropical fish. Oh, and did we mention the whale shark watching? How about river safaris? There are so many great things to do in Borneo.
Naturally, accommodation varies according to the area. Lavish and opulent hotels in Kota Kinabalu contrast with stilted rainforest eco-lodges on the Kinabatangan River or basic rustic camps in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. On the island retreats of Lankayan and Mataking, you will find romantic chalets temptingly close to the pristine white sandy beaches, some on wooden walkways out in the ocean. They really need to be seen to be believed, as does the whole of this mind-blowing island.
- Visit the incredibly diverse island of Borneo
- Trek rainforests to see orangutans and the best nature this planet has to offer
- Take river cruises, relax on perfect beaches
- Help save Orangutans in the wild while enjoying the holiday of a lifetime!