The Activities Abroad Blog

Amy Hope Wednesday, 13 November 2013 0 comment

A Family Activity Trip To Borneo

Borneo, just a mention of the name conjured up thoughts of Sunday night in front of ‘Wildlife on One’ watching Sir David Attenborough explore the wonders of the natural world in the rain-forest. This was a destination which I had longed to visit for many years and having finally found the right partners to work with I was on my way!

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The place is wonderful, I have travelled in South East Asia before and Borneo is certainly different. There was no hassle, no overpowering cities, no maniacal driving that you encounter in some places, just a friendly and relaxed atmosphere from the moment I stepped off the plane.

Borneo did not disappoint me on any level. The accommodation was fabulous with the best breakfast I have ever encountered anywhere in the world at the Shangri La and the flora and fauna surpassed my expectations.

The scuba diving off Kota Kinabalu is wonderful and the perfect place for novices like me to learn as well as satisfying those with experience. The other activities do not disappoint either, jungle mountain biking was a huge thrill.

The rainforests are magnificent with an abundance of wildlife the likes of which I have not encountered anywhere else.

borneo2We saw orangutans, gibbons, proboscis monkeys and a variety of reptiles – both large and small whilst exploring by boat. On foot it’s muddy and great fun to splodge along the trails in your gum boots and leech socks (the leech socks may be unattractive but can be quite useful). It’s fascinating for kids and adults alike to see the detail of the forests and see how nature has evolved and Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary allows you to discover the world of these exceptionally endangered species.

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The Gomantong caves are a real spectacle with their towering cavernous interior. Our trip here also included a meeting with possibly the rarest icon of the natural world – Sir David Attenborough himself who was filming for the BBC but sadly we cannot guarantee his presence as part of the tour.borneo4

The wonderful thing about Borneo is that is satisfies on all fronts; activities, accommodation, culture, natural wonders and welcoming people – I would go back at the drop of a hat.

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