Animal Magnetism

Malaysia is a hub of bio-diversity and there is a wealth of captivating wildlife to be found across the country.

Our journey began with a 13 hour flight from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur, transferring to our flight to Kota Kinabalu. We flew with Malaysian Airlines throughout and the transfer at KL was stress free and relaxed.

At Kota Kinabalu we transferred to the Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru where we spent 2 nights in this tranquil resort.  Situated on the west coast of Sabah, yet only 10 minutes from the airport the resort offers everything for guests of all ages and the most memorable sunsets.

A very early start took us to Malaysia's World Heritage Site - Kinabalu Park. Our tour took us across the mountainous Crocker Range with panoramic views of the countryside and soaring hills. Whilst en route to the park we caught the magnificent sight of Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia's highest peak standing at 13,434 ft.

The park has an incredible mega biodiversity of flora & fauna and is a haven for nature lovers. On arrival we enjoyed a guided nature trek along the many trails before proceeding to the Poring Hot Springs- offering us the chance to dip into the Hot Sulphur Springs. For an even closer look at nature we took the 41m high canopy walk offering the feel of 'I'm a Celebrity' - giving us spectacular views of the rain forest. 

From Kota Kinabalu we made an early departure and flew the 45 mins to Sandakan to visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, situated in the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Here we learnt an emotional journey about the rehabilitation of young or strayed Orang Utans. Cried tears of emotion when we saw the Wild Man of Borneo on their own journey to survive in the jungle. A must when visiting this area.

Continued for a further 2 hour drive through rustic countryside and took a short boat transfer to Borneo Nature Lodge. After checking into our own river lodge for the night we departed by boat late afternoon along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan. This gave us the opportunity to get close to nature viewing Crocodiles, Proboscis Monkies settling into the tree tops, Snakes, wild Orang Utans and a spectacular assemble of birdlife, including the Hornbill. 

On our journey back to Sandakan we visited the Gomantong Caves- famed for its edible birds nests. Walking and exploring the cave system would make me think twice about eating and paying for the soup.

Our last destination was Kuala Lumpur with its charm, shopping and sights. Visiting the Kings Palace and witnessed the locking of the gates, Independence Square and the Petronas Twin Towers.

To summarise Borneo is a paradise for nature and beach lovers and leaves a lasting impression and love for the Orang Utans.

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