Malaysia: A Bornean Rainforest Adventure

Clipper by Rubythroat Tours

Jungles and Orangutans

July 10-24, 2024

Maroon Woodpecker by Rubythroat Tours

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your deposit of $700/person has been received. Deposit/registration may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 10 participants.

Cost of Bornean Venture: $6750 per person from Kota Kinabalu, based on double occupancy ($635 single supplement) Price includes: All accommodation, overland transport, internal flights, all meals and snacks, all non-alcoholic drinks, guiding fees & tips, entrance fees, trip information packet, bird list, and guide/leader service throughout. Not included: Flight to Kota Kinabalu, alcoholic beverages, laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

You may wish to arrive in Kota Kinabalu the day before in order to rest before the tour starts. Just let us know your flight plans and also whether you will need a hotel room.

Borneo is a mythical and wildlife-rich island. It is home to around 222 mammals (including the Orangutan and the Borneo Pygmy Elephant), 420 birds (of which 37 are endemic), 100 amphibians and 394 fish (19 are endemic). Among the endemic birds of Borneo, the Bristlehead is one of the strangest birds on the planet. Borneo’s tropical rainforests, amongst the oldest, most complex and richest on earth, harbor most of the island’s bird, plant, mammal, insect and plant diversity. Alfred Wallace's theories of natural selection were in part inspired by his travels on Borneo in the 19th century. Two excellent bird books don’t do justice to the diversity and beauty of Borneo’s birds that range from hornbills, barbets and minivets to kingfishers, broadbills and trogons. We will explore Borneo from Mount Kinabalu, Southeast Asia's highest peak, via the world famous Sepilok Reserve to the pristine lowland rainforests of the Danum Valley encountering along the way most of Borneo's weird and wonderful endemic birds.

Some birds we could see: Crested and Red-breasted Partridge, Bornean Crested Fireback, Great Argus, Bornean Peacock-Pheasant, Bornean Ground-Cuckoo, Raffle’s, Red-billed, Chestnut-bellied and Black-bellied Malkoha, Violet Cuckoo, Moustached and Dark Hawk-Cuckoos, Large, Blyth’s and Sunda Frogmouths, Silver-rumped Needletail, Bornean and Plume-toed Swiftlets, Watercock, Greater Painted-Snipe, Storm’s Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Chinese Egret, Mountain Serpent-Eagle, Bat Hawk, Wallace’s and Blyth’s Hawk-Eagles, Buffy Fish-Owl, Barred Eagle-Owl, Whitehead’s, Diard’s and Scarlet-rumped Trogons, White-crowned, Rhinoceros, Helmeted and Wrinkled Hornbills, Bornean and Mountain Barbets, Malaysian Honeyguide, White-bellied Woodpecker, White-fronted Falconet, Green, Whitehead’s, and Banded Broadbills, Black-crowned Pitta, and many, many more.