Package 1) 3 days and 2 nights : Tawau Hills Rainforest exploration – A naturalists dream
We will go straight to Tawau Hills park, which is a stunning primary rainforest. We will be conducting daily morning and night walks, in search of wildlife. Usually this park has a great variety of frogs for us to admire.
Our accommodation here will be in a basic hostel, offering private rooms.
The Normal day: It’s going to be another early wake up, but nevertheless we hope to see some primates at the break of dawn. We will do a few walks today, whereby we will check upon our camera traps and wildlife nestboxes
In Tawau hills park, we have seen hornbills, primates such as red leaf monkeys, civet cats, various types of snakes and frogs in the past. So there is a chance that you will be seeing these too! Especially at night, there’s a possibility to spot snakes and frogs, so get your flashlight ready!
#Plant4BorneoElephants and Rainforest Exploration
Package 2) 4 days and 3 nights. ( Location- Tawau Hills Park and Plant4BorneoElephants Sabah Softwoods)
Day 1: Today is the start of an exciting expedition on the search of the Borneo Pygmy Elephants! After arriving in Tawau airport, our driver will pick you up and send you off on a 1.5 hour drive to the Sabah Softwood Brumas camp plantation where you will stay in a simple, though nice little lodge. Depending on the flight availability, we ideally arrive in the afternoon.|Wildlife safari: where we will explore the area for wild elephants. This activity usually lasts until the sun sets.
Even though the Pygmy Elephants of Borneo are the smallest species of elephants to walk the earth, they are still enormous and it’s quite an incredible feeling to be able to observe them in the wild. We prefer to do this as unnoticed as we can, in order to get the best sightings we will turn off the car engines and observe these incredible giants. Do take note that these are wild elephants and so we can’t guarantee wild elephant spotting’s, however we will try our best to find them.
We will return to the Brumas Lodge for a nice dinner and get ready for a good rest, as we will have to wake up early the next morning for another adventurous day!
Day 2: Early morning after breakfast we will participate in a very unique and meaningful experience that is the tree replanting project. This initiative has been established by Sabah Softwoods in order to create a ‘wildlife corridor’ which connects two important national reserves, in the eastern part of Sabah and this effort had spurred conservation tourism collaboration with 1stopborneo.
Background information on the Conservation planting at the plantation: This initiative has been established by the Sabah Softwoods in order to create a 'wildlife corridor ‘which connects two reserves and this effort has spurred a collaboration with 1stopborneo wildlife.
" In tree enrichment planting, tourist could experience and directly involved in preserving and furthering the conservation efforts of Sabah Softwoods in creating a safe haven for animals in the wildlife corridor."
The wildlife corridor invested by Sabah Softwoods creates a safe haven for animals to forage for foods and freely move between the two reserves.Thus the enriching planting program encourages direct participation of the tour group and 1stopborneo in preserving and further strengthening the conservation efforts of Sabah Sofwoods.
After a quick fresh-up we will start our journey to Tawau Hills Park, where we hope to spot more of the interesting flora and fauna that Borneo has to offer. Our accommodation tonight will be in a basic hostel, offering private rooms.
Day 3: It’s going to be another early wake up, but nevertheless we hope to see some primates at the break of dawn. We will do a few walks today, whereby we will check upon our camera traps.
In Tawau national park, we have seen hornbills, primates such as red leaf monkeys, civet cats, various types of snakes and frogs in the past. So there is a chance that you will be seeing these too! Especially at night, there’s a possibility to spot snakes and frogs, so get your flashlight ready!
Day 4: Today we will undertake one last walk, whereby we hike to a nearby waterfall. After returning to the hostel, it’s time to take a quick fresh up and wait for the transport to bring us back to town / or to the airport
Package 3) Tawau Hills Rainforest Exploration and Lucia Mountain & Plant4BorneoElephants 5 days and 4 nights:
This expedition is almost the same as package 1+2 combined, however with an adventurous twist as we will be climbing a mountain and explore this area for two nights. This means we will do the elephant safari, stay one night in Tawau National Park and two nights at the mountain. Adding the thrill of climbing the mountain, will definitely make this an unforgettable experience during your stay in the deep rainforests of Borneo.
Package 4- Tawau Hills Rainforest exploration and Lucia mountain only- 5 days and 4 nights.
Two nights in the lowland forest and two nights in the mountain
Kinabatangan River Safari
Package 5) Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
This river is one of Sabah’s largest rivers and it is not uncommon to spot quite a variety of the animals that Sabah has to offer, just by staying here for a few days. This mighty river is one of the best places for birding on Borneo, but also for spotting other wildlife such as snakes, crocodiles, elephants, orang utans and even the Proboscis Monkey. Also knows as the Dutch monkey, due to his large nose and big round white belly!
Our stay here will be in a lovely, small homestay which overlooks the magnificent river. It’s the perfect place to relax in between the boat rides and enjoy the delicious meals the wonderful local host: Maria cooks for us. That’s not the only reason why we love visiting her place; since it’s a small accommodation, we usually have nearly private boat rides during our expeditions. This gives us all the more reason to stay here!
This trip can be combined with our Tawau hills expeditions as well.
Sabah Mountain trips
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights:
We will be departing Kota Kinabalu for two nights at Kinabalu National park and one night at Gunung Alab Substations. For three nights we will be at three different mountain rainforests destinations. We will look for mountain fauna and flora. Usually in the higher elevations the fauna and flora is usually more unique and endemic. Plus its good to be in a cold place in a tropical country! We will do the usual morning,afternoon and night walks to look for wildlife