The first night of the trip will be in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, from here we head directly to Mt. Kinabalu, where we will bird the flanks of the highest peak in Southeast Asia in search of species such as Whitehead’s Trogon, Gray-throated Minivet, Indigo Flycatcher, and perhaps even the rare Crimson-headed Partridge. From here we travel to Sepilok, where we’ll visit the Rainforest Discovery Center, famous for its canopy towers and walkways that offer premier birding opportunities and views of the tree tops, in the otherwise dense rainforest. This region is a birding hotspot, and with some luck we may spot the endemic Bornean Bristlehead, one of the most sought-after Bornean species.
Next it’s off for a few nights at each of the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort and the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, where more than birds await our group of intrepid travelers. This region along the Kinabatangan River is the home of the strange Proboscis Monkey, a rare species of primate found only in Borneo, the strange bug-eyed Western Tarsier, a small proto simian, and the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, whose mysterious origins are still in debate. The fascinating birdlife of this region will not disappoint! Many beautiful species await our discovery, including the Hooded Pitta, Rhinoceros Hornbill and the Blue-eared Kingfisher. Finally, we’ll venture into the Danum Valley, and stay at the comfortable Borneo Rainforest Lodge where a vast tract of lowland rainforest is home to the legendary Orangutan. Sightings of this massive primate is sure to amaze. We’ll make sure we make time to explore at night to search for more mammals such as the Palm Civet, and Slow Loris. Before leaving Borneo, we’ll have three days to bird this fantastically rich area, as we search for Sooty-capped Babblers, Purple-naped Sunbirds, Long-billed Spiderhunters, and a multitude of other avian denizens in one of Borneo’s most pristine rainforest.
After one last night in the town of Kota Kinabalu to catch our breath, re-pack our gear, and enjoy our camaraderie over dinner, we’ll fly home with enough memories of this magical island to last a lifetime. Contact Dan van den Broek at 971-222-6105 to sign up or if you have further questions.
- Trip leaders: Dan van den Broek and local guides
- Early Bird discount: $7,495 members / $8,295 non-members
- Deposit: $3,800
- Single supplement: TBD
- Group size: Limited to 14 participants
Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast/lunch/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s).
Trip fees do not include airfares, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.
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Dan van den Broek
Dan has over 15 years of experience leading international birding trips for Portland Audubon. With prior experiences at Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Redwood Sciences Lab, Klamath Bird Observatory, Costa Rica Bird Observatory, and Avifauna Northwest, Dan brings immense enthusiasm and passion for birds and natural history to all of his trips.