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Borneo – Rainforest Mammals & Birds Photo Tour 2020

Borneo – Rainforest Mammals & Birds Photo Tour 2020

US$9,795 per person sharing

Spaces Available

29 Apr 2020 – 11 May 2020

Borneo is the world’s third largest island and conjures up images of a wild forest paradise where Orangutans, gibbons and colourful birds roam the Bornean jungle. On our Borneo photography tour, we will visit some of Borneo’s most famous wildlife sites including the Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Danum Valley – the latter protecting a piece of one of the oldest rainforests on earth!

 

A rich mix of highly sought-after mammals and birds can be expected on this trip, and we have designed this fabulous tour to maximize time in the best areas. Our main photographic targets will include Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Bornean Orangutan and several smaller species of primate including Proboscis Monkey, Red Leaf Monkey, Bornean Gibbon and the adorable Western Tarsier, Leopard Cat and various other predators, with a chance even for the gorgeous Sunda Clouded Leopard, and rainforest birds.

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Visit some of the most famous wildlife sites in Borneo including Sepilok, the Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Danum Valley. These areas are some of the oldest rainforests in the world!

Month of Travel

Our photo safari takes place in April and May, which is prime time to visit Sabah in Malaysian Borneo as drier conditions at this time of year are more conductive to wildlife photography and viewing when compared to the wetter months on the island.

Wildlife

Memorable photographic moments abound in the jungles of Borneo where some of its most sought-after sights and experiences include, but not limited to, the endangered Orangutan found in the jungle canopies, Borean Pygmy Elephants, the long bulbous-nosed Probosics Monkey and a wonderfully large range of colourful rainforest birds.

Small Group Departures

Travel to this exotic location with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket list together.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

ORYX LEADER
Dale Morris

12 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Kota Kinabalu
  • Per Person Sharing
    US$9,795
  • Single Supplement
    US$1,320
  • Photographic Highlights
    Bornean Orangutan, Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Proboscis Monkey, Red Leaf Monkey, Bornean Gibbon, Danum Valley rainforest at dawn, large and colourful rainforest hornbills
  • Guide
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Day 1: Arrival in Kota Kinabalu

Today is set aside as an arrival day for our Borneo photo tour in Kota Kinabalu (often referred to as “KK” by locals) – the provincial capital of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Borneo is the world’s third largest island and conjures up images of an untamed and verdant forest paradise.
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Day 2: Flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan, visit Rainforest Discovery Centre and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Today on our Borneo photography tour we have an early morning start as we fly out of KK bound for Sandakan. After arrival, we will pay a visit to one of Sepilok’s most acclaimed assets, which is its fantastic canopy walkway that stretches for about 500m through the high forest canopy of the reserve’s lowland rainforest. In the afternoon, we will visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary which should allow us excellent photographic opportunities of these interesting primates!
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Day 3: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to Kinabatangan River

This morning on our Borneo photography tour we will head to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Afterwards, we hop onto a boat and head for Sukau and our wonderful lodge.
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Day 4: Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Cave

Superb rainforest wildlife is to be seen along the extensive riparian forests on the Kinabatangan River at Sukau. This concentration of wildlife is phenomenal, so we will spend our time on the Kinabatangan River and its black-water tributaries in small motorized boats. These boat trips are simply amazing as one is able to creep up quietly and get close to both mammals and birds. The afternoon sees us travelling to the massive limestone Gomantong Caves where an estimated 2 million bats and 1 million swiftlets (of four species) make their home.
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Day 5: Kinabatangan River

We have a further day in the area to cruise the river and photograph its fantastic wildlife.
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Day 7: Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is one of the richest in Sabah in terms of wildlife and birds. The birding is especially good here, and residents include all 8 species of Hornbills found in Borneo (Helmeted, Wreathed, Wrinkled, White-crowned, Malaysian Pied, Bushy-crested, Black and Rhinoceros).
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Day 8: Tabin Wildlife Reserve via Lahad Datu to Danum Valley

Today on our photo safari we will drive on bumpy dirt tracks and navigate river crossings to access the vast primary forest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area that protects some of the last remaining pristine lowland rainforest on the island.
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Days 9 to 11: Danum Valley

Our rainforest lodge, situated along the banks of the Danum River, allows us access to work our way through the diverse and often muddy trails to search for mammals. A major attraction to this reserve is the fantastic canopy walkway that allows unique access to the little-known canopy world of Borneo’s rainforest lowlands.
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Day 12: Danum Valley to Lahad Datu, flight to Kota Kinabalu

After a final morning in the Danum Valley, we will transfer to Lahad Datu for a flight transfer to Kota Kinabalu where we will overnight.
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Day 13: Kota Kinabalu and depart

This morning our magical Borneo photography tour will conclude after breakfast as we are transferred to the airport for departure.

Location

BorneoVic Nemeth MD, Canada

I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Oryx Borneo Photography Tour. It was a trip that far exceeded my expectations. Every day was full day of activities and new experiences. The trip was well organized by Oryx and expertly run by our guide Dale Morris. You can not find a more experienced or enthusiastic guide than Dale. He makes every day unique and fun filled. The weather was hot and humid but this did not deter us. We saw a great variety of wildlife from tiny insects to pygmy elephants. The Orangutans were the highlight of the trip. We had multiple encounters up close and personal. We stayed at four unique lodges. Each lodge offered a different variety of wildlife. The rooms were very nice and the food was very good and plentiful. It was fun trying some of the local foods and the many different fruits. I have traveled extensively and this trip will go down as one of my ultimate favorites. Thank you Oryx and Dale for an experience I will never forget.

BorneoDon Gutoski, Canada

Borneo is an incredible country. Thanks to our guides, we were able to find some amazing animals; far more than most groups that don't have all that guide support. Our last full day at Danum was one of the best photo experiences of my life.

BorneoChuck and Nancy Bell, United States of America

Nancy and I had an absolutely fabulous time travelling and photographing with Dale in Borneo. We came home with some spectacular images of primates, and with so many of them it’s going to take us weeks to get through them all and process all the ones we want to. We were very impressed with all of the arrangements ORYX made to assure that this was a very high quality trip. The ground agents, the lodges, the local guides, the transportation, were all absolutely first class.

Thanks again for such a superb trip. We hope to travel with ORYX again soon

BorneoElisa Hardy, USA

You have all been great to work with and the trip was amazing.

Everything was well planned and organized, the lodges were very pleasant, and the local guides were excellent. We saw every animal on the list and got great photos. I hope you know how lucky you are to have Dale, because he’s a star among photographer tour leads.

He’s not only an extremely talented photographer for wildlife, macro, landscapes, and people, he’s a fountain of interesting knowledge about flora and fauna, and he has an innate ability with animals that’s a big advantage when photographing them. Even if we don’t see what we’re looking for while searching for wildlife, he can always find something cool and unusual to photograph in an interesting way, so it’s fun all day long and never boring. When it comes to non-photography guide-related tasks, he takes charge and is competent in every way.

Thanks again for everything and I look forward to traveling with Oryx again in the future.

Private Borneo TourBeth and William Tetterton, USA

Our Borneo trip was wonderful in every way!

Your local guide was a real “gem”, I must tell you:

Although never boastful, he was personally responsible for three special wildlife sightings that drew many other lodge guests and their guides to each scene.

The first sighting was of a beautiful/mature alpha male orangutan, already bedded down in his nest along the Kinabatangan River near Sukau Rainforest Lodge. He first sighted him (only slightly visible with binos) in the nest late one afternoon. We made a plan to returned to the sight at first light; hoping for a photo op as he exited the nest. We quietly/patiently watched for over an hour – waiting for him to rise. Meanwhile he radioed the lodge to report our sighting. The other guests raced over and were rewarded with a fantastic/lengthy photo op; as the orangutan lazily rose and slowly ate vines for breakfast – all at close range within the same tree he had nested in overnight.

The second sighting was of a Tarsier on a night drive in Danum Valley near the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Without any eye-shine, he spotted only what he described as an odd small “lump” on a tree trunk just off the road. He immediately stopped the driver, leaped out and confirmed – it was a Tarsier! Again he radioed the lodge.Other guests that had searched for days for the Tarsier were rewarded with an awesome photo op. After fully satisfied with photos; everyone quietly left the Tarsier right where it was first sighted – undisturbed.

The third sighting was of tiny bioluminescent mushrooms in Danum Valley. We had first photographed the mushrooms at the Crocker Range near the Rafflesia Centre, but only during the day. He explained the bioluminescence of this particular mushroom. Hoping for a night shot, we searched hard for it throughout the rest of our trip. On the last night in Danum Valley, he was the one who found them! They were glowing brightly right in front of the lodge. None of the local guides at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge had spotted them. These amazing/unique mushrooms were right under their noses all along!

We could not be more pleased with the itinerary and your attention to every detail.

Thank you Rainer & ORYX!

BorneoPaolo Stella, Italy

We are back home after the beautiful tour we had in Borneo. All the locations, especially the Kinanbatang River and the Danum Valley were great! We enjoyed having Dale as our guide, as well as the other travelers in our group. ORYX’s organisation was top class!

BorneoAlan & Michelle Hinde, Australia

We had a great trip to Borneo! Dale was his usual professional, helpful & wonderful self, and the local guide was most helpful. The other tour participants were very nice people and all in all, it was a very good trip.

BorneoDiana Rebman

Dale is an excellent photo tour leader and really shined despite Borneo’s challenges. Of course the orangutans and pygmy elephants make it all worthwhile but the jungle is dense, light limited, terrain sometimes difficult, heat and humidity overwhelming, and unexpected downpours always to be expected. Dale made sure we were prepared and made it all fun. He did his best to make certain we would all come home with some great photos. I look forward to traveling with him again next year!

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