Borneo’s wildlife is simply one of the most astounding. The flora and fauna of this protected ecosystem is diverse, and it’s more important than ever to protect it. The best way to understand and appreciate the beauty of nature is to go on a nature trip, and Borneo should be on your list. Here is guide on where to go, things to to experience in beautiful Borneo and its wildlife.

Take a tour of Sabah

Sabah is the major industrial and cultural city in the Bornean side of Malaysia. While located in the Indonesian archipelago, this part of the country is completely Malaysian in tradition, art, and even its movement towards protecting nature, especially its wildlife. Sabah is the starting point when you begin your Borneo wildlife adventure trip. Make sure you check what vaccinations you need before you book.
Sabah is home to many of the agencies and organizations that aim to protect and manage wildlife centers and protected areas. They have partnered with travel and tour groups that aim to bring nature tourism to the area without harming or destroying the delicate ecosystem of Borneo. If you wish to make your tour in Borneo even better, you can include a cultural tour alongside your wildlife trip to appreciate Borneo’s natural beauty.
Borneo Kota Kinabalu

Photo: Tsen Lip Kai/ Sabah Tourism

See the Mulu Caves in Sarawak

One of the must-see places when touring Borneo is the Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak. This park is home to one of the most famous caves in Malaysia, Mulu Caves, known for having its own special ecosystem inside each cave. This is considered one of the most important natural sites in the Southeast Asian region.
Tours are available and settlements give you access to all activities made available by the protecting agency of the national park. Trekking routes give you enough challenge to go through the forest, see the caves, and climb up the summit of Gunung Mulu. The Headhunter’s Trail is the commonly used route for trekking and gives a brief tour of everything that is found in the forest, especially the Mulu Caves.
Mulu Caves, Sarawak

Mulu Caves, Sarawak. Photo: Eric Lanning via Flickr

Get involved with the locals

While your tour is primarily about wildlife, you can actually engage in conversation with the locals, especially those who live near your destinations. The people know where you can spot orangutans when they come out and even animal welfare of the native wildlife in the area. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in Borneo animal conservation and work with wildlife protection agents, who are also available to contact and usually act as guides whenever you enter a protected wildlife and nature centre. They will surely make your trip to Borneo more memorable.
Borneo Wildlife Preserve

Borneo Wildlife Preserve, Indonesia. Photo: fortherrock via CC Search

Trek up Mount Kinabalu

Another trip you should include in your Borneo wildlife trip is a trek going up the summit of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia and the whole Malay Archipelago at 4.095 km. On a clear day, the view of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, and other cities and towns of Malaysia, as well as Brunei and Indonesia, can be seen at the summit.
Going up to the summit would mean passing through the trail inside the Kinabalu Park, another protected wildlife center in Sabah. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the tropical flora and fauna present in this part of Borneo. The mountain, along with the park, is considered as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Looking from the summit trail on Mount Kinabalu (at 4101m, the highest peak in SE Asia) past 4032m Kinabalu South towards the Crocker Range, western Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Looking from the summit trail on Mount Kinabalu (at 4101m, the highest peak in SE Asia) past 4032m Kinabalu South towards the Crocker Range, western Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

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