Boasting a 140-million-year-old rainforest and famous for its native orangutans, a Borneo safari is an animal lovers dream. As the home of incredibly unique species like flying fox bats and bizarre proboscis monkeys as well as safari favourites - clouded leopards and pygmy elephants, Borneo's wildlife is unparalleled.
The country also boasts stunning white sand beaches and luxurious accommodation. Unwind on the stunning beaches of Sabah, go for a dip in the calm clear waters or grab the chance to go snorkelling among the vibrant coral reefs. You can do as little or as much as you want on a Borneo safari.
Borneo Safari Attractions
- A Borneo safari is not complete without visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. This famous attraction takes in orphaned and injured orangutans and cares for them before returning them to the wild.
- Mulu National Park is home to a collection of caves some of which date back more than 1.5 million years. It is also known for its pinnacles, which are razor sharp limestone spikes that tower over the surrounding vegetation.
- A number of islands surrounding Borneo are famous for their world class diving conditions such as Kapalai Island, while Lankayan Island can offer you ultimate beach relaxation.
- The canopy walkway at Danum Valley is a favourite among honeymooners. With multiple viewing points, this is a great way to experience the rainforest. Some people are lucky enough to be greeted by monkeys as they trek across the 300m long walkway.
Best time to visit
Borneo tends to benefit from warm temperatures year-round averaging between 27-32 degrees. However, there is also humidity of around 80% for the majority of the year. Weather conditions are complicated throughout Borneo, as are all tropical island climates.
May - September is very popular and is a good time to see orangutans and whale sharks in the wild. April - December are considered the best months for diving with July and August having the optimal visibility.
It is not recommended to travel between January - December as this time of year sees high volumes of rainfall. This leads to the majority of wildlife hiding in the dense rainforest.