Luxury Borneo orangutan holiday with kids: jungles, beaches and monkeys

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 17

From: UK - Kuala Lumpur

To: Kota Kinabalu - UK



Inc. International flights (per person - based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Explore Borneo with kids in luxury with this family adventure! Begin with a week of pure relaxation on the beach where you can combine fun activities with lounging around the pool before you get stuck into the wild highlights of Borneo. Head to the wildlife sanctuaries in Sepilok where you can watch the orangutans and sun bears at feeding time, then cruise down the Kinabatangan River in search of primates in the wild – you may even spot rare pygmy elephants and fireflies along the riverbanks at dusk. Finish your time in Borneo with some snorkelling at the luxury Gaya Island; wildlife, beaches and lots of time to play – this is a perfect family holiday!

This Borneo orangutan holiday can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

This holiday includes

  • International flights
  • All transfers
  • All accommodation in Malaysia
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary


  • Explore the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur
  • Enjoy a week of family downtime at the beach
  • Watch orangutans at feeding time
  • Visit the rescued sun bears in Sepilok
  • Take a cruise down the Kinabatangan River
  • Look out for proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants in the jungle
  • Relax in luxury on Gaya Island



Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Kuala Lumpur
  • 6 nights Kota Kinabalu
  • 3 nights Sandakan
  • 3 nights Gaya Island


Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included: International flight

Day 2: Arrive Kuala Lumpur

On arrival in Kuala Lumpur you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel where you will check into your hotel for two nights. Malaysia has so many different cuisines to choose from - why not head to Little India for dinner where you can feast on fusion curries and soft naan breads?

Included: Transfers, hotel

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur

This morning we’ve included a half day tour of the city just to give you a flavour of Kuala Lumpur on your short stopover. You’ll explore the colourful spectrum of Malaysian architecture, culture, crafts and heritage by visiting important monuments and squares throughout the city, passing by the Petronas Towers and visiting the Moorish Railway Buildings. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure so why not cool off by the pool before heading to the Night Market for a street food dinner.

Included: Breakfast, hotel, touring

Day 4: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport to catch a short flight over to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, where you will be taken to your hotel and check in for six nights.

Included: Breakfast, transfers, flight, hotel

Days 5 - 9: Beach

Settle in and enjoy the beach from your luxury resort, Shangri La Rasa Ria. We’ve booked you a room in the Ocean Wing, which has its own pool area for you to relax and unwind in. This hotel also has a popular kids club with activities ranging from pony rides and kayaking to sand castle building and treasure hunts! Parents can sit back and enjoy the hotel facilities with a good book while kids make the most of the spiral slide going into the pool. The resort is a little way out of Kota Kinabalu so you’ll probably eat at the resort – we recommend Naan for delicious Indian food and the Kozan Teppan-yaki for Japanese.

Included: Breakfast, hotel

Day 10: Fly to Sandakan

After a week of relaxation at the Shangri La Rasa Ria, you’ll be driven to the airport for a short flight to Sandakan, where you will be taken to your hotel and check in for one night.

Included: Breakfast, transfers, flight, hotel

Day 11: Orangutans & Kinabatangan

After breakfast, you will head off to see the orangutans! Kids and adults alike will love meeting these amazing animals; you’ll watch them being fed bananas and papaya by the rangers before wandering the platforms with your camera. Next door you’ll also visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and meet the rescued bears that Winne the Pooh was based on! After a morning at the bear sanctuary, you’ll take a cruise to Abai along the Kinabatangan River. Pass mangroves and rhizophora trees as you sail deeper into the rainforest looking out for birds and monkeys in the dense jungle.

On arrival at the lodge, you’ll check in for two nights before enjoying lunch and a briefeing about the next couple of days. In the afternoon, you will set off for a river expedition cruise, keeping an eye out for wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys and birds as you slowly make your way along the water. As it gets dark you might see fireflies along the river banks, before taking a night time stroll along the boardwalks, looking for nocturnal animals and insects.

Included: Breakfast, transfers, hotel, touring

Day 12: Kinabatangan River

The dawn chorus of monkeys howling and birds chattering will wake you early this morning so you’ll a morning cruise to the oxbow lake before visiting some small fishing villages to learn about the local way of life. After brunch at the resort you’ll head out on another cruise along the Kinabatangan, looking for the rare pygmy elephants that make their home along the river as hornbills swoop overhead. After dinner, you’ll take another cruise to look for wildlife, especially some of the nocturnal creatures like slow loris that lurk in the trees.

Included: Breakfast, hotel, touring

Day 13: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Today is your last day in the jungle, so take one last wander round the nature boardwalks with your binoculars for one last glimpse of a wild orangutan or a leaf monkey! After check out, you’ll take a boat back along the coast to Sandakan before being driven to the airport for a short flight back to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, you will take the boat over to Gaya Island, where you will check into your hotel for three nights.

Included: Breakfast, transfers, flight, hotel

Days 14 & 15: Gaya Island 

You time on Gaya Island is yours to enjoy how you wish. You could go kayaking through the clear water, snorkel on the colourful house reef or just relax by the pool all day!

Included: Breakfast, hotel

Day 16: Depart Borneo

Your time in Borneo has come to an end today, so after breakfast you will be taken back by boat to Kota Kinabalu Airport in time for your flight home.

Included: Breakfast, transfers, international flight

Day 17: Arrive UK



Borneo is wet between November and February but the temperatures remain pretty constant year-round. From May to September the days are generally dry and warm but rain still isn’t unheard of – this is a tropical island after all!

We've done a similar trip...

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post Visit Borneo: a luxury family holiday offering everything you're after - written by one of our counsultants who's been there.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • International flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 14 nights
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


 14 nights in 4*- 5* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

  • Sepilok Forest Edge

  • Kinabatangan Wetland Resort


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