Thursday, August 26, 2010


SABAH, BORNEO (8/10) Discover the Orangutans with Baobab Expeditions new Borneo adventures in collaboration with the Orangutan Appeal. With the Orangutan and Turtle wildlife expedition, adventurers will delve into the rainforest of Borneo in search of the orangutans before reaching Selingan Island, one of the most important turtle breeding grounds in South East Asia. And, Baobab will offer a generous donation to the Orangutan Appeal with every booking of the trip.

Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, guests will unwind at the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu before exploring the capital city of Sabah. The next day, the real adventure begins in the Danum Valley, Sabah’s largest protected Lowland Rainforest. Adventurers will journey through the forest, stopping along the way to catch sight of impressive flora and fauna, chameleons, gibbons, and orangutans. During their treks, they will also discover ancient Kadazandusun burial grounds. Guests will stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a stunning lodge edging on the Danum River.

The next stop is the charming Bukit Melapi Lodge, from where guests will set off down the Kinabatangan River at dawn to explore the wildlife by boat. Here, native Proboscis monkeys may be seen swinging among the trees, and the rare Pygmy Elephant may be spotted by the water.

Travelers will reach the Sepilok Nature Resort the next day. Established in 1964 to return orphaned orangutans to the wild, the resort now offers public educations on conservation and research with other endangered animals as well. During their stay, guests will visit the Orangutan sanctuary, learn about the orangutans, and find out how to spot those which have been rehabilitated.

After two days, adventurers will travel on to Selingan Island, one of three “turtle islands” lying off the northeast coast of Sabah. The island is a safe haven for the endangered Green Turtle and Hawksbill turtle, both of which only lay their eggs in their original birthplace. Guests will spend the day enjoying the water and the evening observing the turtles laying their eggs.

Finally, travelers will return to Kota Kinabalu, where they can unwind on the beach, shop for souvenirs in the vibrant marketplace, or simply explore the city before catching their flight home.

Baobab’s ten-day Orangutan and Turtle adventures are set for November 9th, 2010 and April 3rd and November 9th, 2011. Pricing begins at $3,321 per person based on double occupancy and includes all accommodations, breakfast daily, meals as specified in the itinerary, airport transfers on arrival and departure, all park and conservation fees, the services of professional guides, a generous donation to the Orangutan Appeal and to the carbon offset program, and membership to the Royal Geographic Society. International and internal flights, medical and travel insurance, all personal expenses, and tips are not included.

For full itinerary details, please click here. To find out more about Baobab Expeditions or to book, please call 516 622 2279, email or visit For information on the Orangutan Appeal, visit

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