Orang Utan, our distant cousins with 97% shared DNA, are experts in peeling bananas – and ob Borneo you can observe that first hand and close up.
The two orang utan rehabilitation centers at Semenggoh (near Kuching) and Sepilok (near Kota Kinabalu) are great places to observe the orang utan in the semi-wild environment.
Check out my guides to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to plan your own trip to the last frontier.
Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, isn’t high on many people’s travel list, but it’s a very relaxing town with nice vibes. While most come for the amazing wildlife, a walk along the river promenade and drinks with a nice view as the sun sets over the river is a great way to end your adventurous day in Borneo.
Check out my Destination Guide Kuching to plan your own trip of Nature Exploration, Wildlife Adventure and relaxing city getaway!
Borneo is known for its fantastic wildlife – but if you want a beach break to recover from the hiking and relax, there are a few beaches around Kota Kinabalu to offer white sand and warm water. The nicest beach on the main island is near the Shangri La Hotel and it makes for great sunset watching, too!
Intrigued? Read more in my Guide to Kota Kinabalu!
Orangutan in Sepilok, Borneo, watching those funny humans
Seeing the orangutan at the rehabilitation center of Sepilok in Northern Borneo, Malaysia, is an amazing experience. Seeing them feed, play and observe you – while you observe them – left little doubt in my mind that they are our closest cousins with 97 shared DNA.
To plan your own encounter with orangutans, check out my Destination Guide Kota Kinabalu!
Sabah Heritage Village
Most people visit Kota Kinabalu for its beaches or to explore the wildlife of Borneo in Sabah. But in-between those wildlife adventures to Sepilok or Danum Valley, it’s worth checking out the local Museum to learn about the cultural history of Borneo – it’s well worth an afternoon of your time!
Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to the untouched nature and wildlife of Northern Borneo. And while the trips to the Orang Utan rehabilitation center, the remote Danum Valley or Mount Kinabalu are all high on my list of recommendations, the city itself has a lot to offer: with a good museum, sandy beaches and island hopping tours, you can easily fill your days. And the views along the city’s waterfront are stunning anytime of day!
Check out my Destination Guide Kota Kinabalu and start planning your own adventure to Borneo!
The orangutans share 97% of our human DNA, making them our close relatives, and the best place to see them is on Borneo. You can see them in the wild at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center, where orphaned or injured orangutans are rehabilitated and released into the wild! It’s a fantastic experience and easier than most adventures to see exotic wildlife.
Check out my Guide to Kuching to plan your own wildlife adventure to Borneo!
Borneo is known for its nature and wildlife, but it also has some very nice beaches to relax on. A popular destination for soft sand and warm seas is Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park off the cost of Kota Kinabalu! It’s National Park Status protects it from over development, but not from big crowds, so make sure to go for a nice walk on the islands to find your own private beach!
Read my Guide to Kota Kinabalu to plan your own Borneo wildlife & beach getaway!
The Kota Kinabalu Marriott is a new hotel on the city’s waterfront, with contemporary rooms, a very good executive lounge and a nice infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Marriott Rewards high-level elites receive great treatment and the hotel is good value on points. Some service issues left me with mixed feelings about the hotel, so read my detailed review to … Continue reading
If you want to explore rare wildlife in remote valleys, hike sacred mountains, go island hopping and relax on a beach, all on one trip, than Kota Kinabalu in Northern Borneo is a great base to explore all that Sabah has to offer! You can see orang utans in the wild, hike Mount Kinabalu and explore the remote Danum Valley, … Continue reading