Untamed Borneo

Day 1 Arrive in Kota Kinabalu

Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the State of Sabah. After transferring from the airport, check in and rest before we meet for a welcome dinner and trip briefing at a traditional local restaurant.

Palace Hotel

Day 2 Kota Kinabalu – Lahad Datu – Tabin Wildlife Reserve

A morning flight takes us across Borneo to Lahad Datu, and once back on terra firma, we have breakfast before we start our cycling. It’s a quick drive to our starting point, and after making sure the bikes fit, we begin our ride on a rolling dirt road to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. We overnight in the middle of 123,000 hectares of tropical flora and fauna. This rainforest is also home to more than 220 species of birds, the three largest mammals of Sabah -- Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau, nine species of primates, as well as three species of cats. We take an evening jungle trek (weather permitting) to give us a glimpse into the nocturnal life around us.

Tabin Wildlife Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 26km

Day 3 Tabin Wildlife Reserve

You may opt to wake up early and join a morning walk to discover some of Tabin’s exotic bird species. After breakfast, we cycle on dirt roads to the Core Area, with more wildlife sightings and a visit to see one of the reserve’s highlights, the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, which attract frequent visits by wildlife for their mineral intake. We return for a late lunch at Tabin Resort, and the afternoon is free to enjoy on your balcony, go for a swim in the nearby rock pool or indulge in a foot soaked spa and mud facial. Once the sun has set there is a night drive to spot more wildlife.

Tabin Wildlife Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 11km

Day 4 Tabin Wildlife Reserve – Bilit

After waking up to the sounds of the jungle, we cycle on a dirt track out of the reserve, hoping to catch one last glimpse of some primates or a horn bill. We then transfer about two hours to Bilit. We arrive early enough to savour a late afternoon boat ride on the Kinabatagan River, where we’ll see the rambunctious proboscis monkeys in their element, and if we are lucky, other wildlife such as orangutans and pygmy elephants.

Myne Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 26km

Day 5 Bilit - Gomantong Caves – Sepilok

Following breakfast, we start riding from the resort, cycling 8 km off road and then 17 km on a paved road to the Gomantong Caves. Here locals collect birds' nests, a prized Chinese delicacy, three times a year. The harvesters climb up to 100 m on rattan ladders to collect the nests of the resident swiftlets. We then a transfer to Sepilok to visit the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. After watching these mischievous apes eat and play we'll check in to our nearby resort.

Sepilok Jungle Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 48km

Day 6 Sepilok - Kg Dusun – Telupid

Morning wake up and breakfast, then a short drive to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. We arrive in time for a feeding and a chance to see these unique monkeys up close. Time for a 15 km cycle through palm plantations before we transfer for two hours to Telupid. Here we'll check into our hotel and have lunch. After a siesta to beat the heat, we'll go for a late afternoon scenic ride through the district of Tongod, literally, the Heart of Sabah.

IPS Resthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 67km

Day 7 Telupid – Sabah Tea Garden

We begin the day with a short transfer to the Sandakan Death March track, though palm plantations have since replaced much of the jungle that the prisoners struggled through in World War II. Today’s riding will be quite hilly and off the beaten path. We cross quite a few small streams and earn our lunch after 18 km of riding. We transfer to our overnight destination for lunch at the Sabah Tea Garden. After a short rest, we head back out for some great off-road cycling around the tea plantation, following the route of the Sabah Tea Adventure Race, taking in great views of Mount Kinabalu. Tonight, we’ll experience what it’s like to sleep in a traditional Rungus Longhouse. Each room has its own sink; however, hot showers are shared.

Sabah Tea Garden
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 24km

Day 8 Sabah Tea Garden – Ranau

After breakfast, we tour the tea factory and learn how tea is grown without fertilisers and goes from plant to processed tea. We have a short transfer to avoid the highway, and then it’s an undulating ride on a mix of tarmac and off road that will take us to Poring Hot Springs. Here, you can go for a dip in the therapeutic waters, go for a canopy walk, or hike to a small waterfall. And if you are lucky, a Rafflesia will be in bloom nearby. After lunch, we transfer to Tanah Merah to a POW memorial where we’ll take a break before we enjoy more quiet country roads as we cycle through orchards to our charming home stay. We have the afternoon free to check the internet, do some laundry, or relax on the wonderful porch built over a stream. Dinner will be a treat, with local specialties made by our hosts.

Slagon Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 26km

Day 9 Ranau – Kundasang

Following a traditional local breakfast, we transfer 30 minutes to Kibbas to start our adventure. Today’s ride is tough, because as soon as we go down, it’s back up again. All on dirt roads. We ride through small farms beneath the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, which rises to 4,905 m and dominates the landscape. We head to Kundasang and overnight at a hotel with spectacular views of the peak.

Perkasa Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 15km

Day 10 Kundasang - Rasa Ria

We are now leaving the cool mountain air behind for the heat of the coastal plains. We transfer to the district of Tamparuli to start cycling through the countryside and villages. Crossing a magnificent suspension bridge and visiting a Chinese temple with pagoda tower will be some of today's highlights. Lunch will offer up many choices of local dishes. After lunch, you have an option to cycle to the resort or be transferred so that you spend more time relax and leisure in the swimming pool or at the beautiful beach in front of South China Sea. We arrive early afternoon so you can enjoy the resort before we meet up for a farewell dinner.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 24km

Day 11 Transfer to Airport

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport to catch your outbound flight, or head back up to the top of Kota Kinabalu. **Optional Mount Kinabalu Trek** If arriving early or staying on after, we offer an optional trekking tour to Mount Kinabalu. At 4,100 m, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Malaysia and perhaps the most stunning and iconic mountains in Southeast Asia. Conquering its jagged peaks is an attainable challenge for any fit person and will leave you with a profound sense of accomplishment. Our 2-day/1-night trip is US$730 per person per bed (joint tour). This includes: transfers to and from Kota Kinabalu to park headquarters, guide, climbing fees and permits, mountain bed and blanket, pack lunch and dinner on Day 1, breakfast on Day 2. If you’d like more information, please contact us.