Expedition Overview

If there was a land that exuded intrigue and mystery, defined nature, it can be none other than this lush natural jewel of South East Asia. Our motoring expedition across Borneo Island, will give you access into some of the remote corners of the world’s oldest rainforest. Driving across the third non-continental island in the world, into the most biologically diverse places on the planet and you can get lucky enough to spot certain animal species that are endemic to the island. Staying in world-renowned rainforest lodges, venture into serious gastronomic adventure and emerge from the wild with some scintillating stories.

Expedition Details

Price Refer Dates & Price section below
Duration 7 days
Expedition Vehicle Toyota Hilux
Terrain Tarmac & Dirt
Group Size Max 12 pax
Country Sabah Region, Malaysia
Drive 900 kms
Weather Max 30°C and Min 20°C
Ideal for : Wildlife Enthusiasts & Families with Kids (All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Expedition Itinerary

Accommodation: Sepilok Nature Resort or similar

You land on the third largest island in the world, Borneo. We will meet and transfer you from the airport to your accommodation. Get recharged to step out to immerse yourself into the rain forest for the next 7 days. Get ready to capture some memories and make some jungle friends, before you join the world again.

Accommodation: Sukau rainforest Lodge or similar

Its Orangutan time! Catch up with our little ancestors at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, up close in their natural habitat. Then there’s the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear. Today our 130 km drive will take us into the wilderness of rain forest as we reach Sukau.

Accommodation: Sukau rainforest Lodge or similar

Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills and hot Sabah tea. Staying along Sabah’s longest river – The Kinabatangan opens up a lot of options, maybe a tryst with wild Orangutans, hornbills, pygmy elephants, and proboscis monkeys is in the offing. Do try an educational tour with the in-house Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist.

Accommodation: Imbak Canyon Chalet

We leave Sukau behind for another overland journey to Imbak Canyon. A 5 hr drive on the dirt tracks will take us deeper into Sabah as we pass through local villages, palm oil plantations and drive into the less spoilt Bornean Rainforest. Spend the day at Imbak exploring the rainforest on selected trails with your guide or simply take the time off for rest.

Accommodation: Kinabalu Pine Resort or similar

Rise and shine! Wildlife calling as we trek around on selected trails. Get to know about the Borneo Rainforest and if in luck, will get to see wildlife. Continuing to offer the exclusive, we visit a little known but beautiful waterfall for a refreshing dip into the chilly waters and then a drive onwards to Kundasang.

Accommodation: Magellan Sutera Resort or similar

Today, we will depart for an approximately 2 hour drive to Tambunan. Enjoy the panoramic views, interiors of Sabah and experience some off roading. Stop at a local village; enjoy the culture and the friendly smiles. Take this opportunity to know more about local life through the village walk. Later in the afternoon we head for Kota Kinabalu.

Accommodation: Magellan Sutera Resort or similar

Kota Kinabalu (KK) won’t immediately overwhelm you with its beauty, but you’ll soon notice its friendly locals, breath taking fiery sunsets, bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and the 4,095m-high Mount Kinabalu. KK is an experience that readies you for the veritable melting pot of language, cuisine, and indigenous culture that Sabah offers. Enjoy this city today with multiple activities to choose from.

Accommodation: NA

We bid adieu to Darwin’s Lost World. You can choose to take your flight out of Kota Kinabalu Airport or stay back a few days to enjoy this Malaysian paradise.

Expedition Vehicle

Toyota Hilux

Expedition Film

What our Clients say

“I have travelled a lot and self-driven before, but this idea of going in a convoy is so much fun, and the feeling of being part of a team is something really fantastic“

– Tom Parker, Borneo Expedition 2018

“At the heart of Nomadic Road is a bit of road-trip alchemy: You drive yourself, and the team handles the logistics, getting permits for backcountry access, and booking obscure lodges you’d never find on your own, so there’s a built-in safety net.”

– By Paul Brady – Borneo Expedition 2018

Featured in

We had the privilege to travel with the articles editor of Condé Nast Traveler, who joined us along with his official photographer – Tom Parker. Read the full story – Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo.

Dates and Prices

Dates Price per Person Interested?

The quoted price is per person on double occupancy basis unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change without notice. Families travelling with kids are requested to contact us for exclusive family prices. Solo travellers and groups with more than 2 members and those who need single supplement are requested to contact us for the differential pricing. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Exclusive Expedition Vehicle for each team of 2 people with fuel
  • Nomadic Road Expert team throughout the trip
  • Local cultural expert throughout the trip
  • 4x4 vehicle support
  • Accommodation for all nights on twin share basis
  • Most of the meals except on days as mentioned in exclusions
  • Airport transfers
  • Local Tourism Tax
  • Third party vehicle liability insurance
  • All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in the itinerary
  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • International Driving Permit
  • Dinner on Day 6 and Lunch on Day 7
  • Comprehensive Personal Insurance(s)
  • Personal medication
  • Extras like room service, optional excursions and items of personal nature like laundry, tips, phone calls etc.

Why join us?

If you’re satisfied with booking your trip online and hoping for the best, you don’t need us. Unusual travel experiences and motoring across far ends of our planet are not simple to plan, let alone find. And that is what makes Nomadic Road distinct. We know our destinations thoroughly, collaborate with exceptional in-country colleagues, and have many years of experience orchestrating eye-opening journeys. With us, you’ll see a destination in a different light – through the Nomadic Road lens – and discover things you won’t find out about any other way.

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