Family Holiday Overview

Borneo provides the ultimate quest for intrepid adventure. If you ever yearned to trek Indiana Jones-style through mist-shrouded mountains or thick primaeval jungle, then this is the place for you.

Borneo is a land of extremes. Colourful coral reefs and exquisite white beaches cocoon the coast whilst tropical rainforest blankets the 'heart of darkness' interior. Wooden villages sit proudly among lush tea plantations whilst egret-topped buffalo mooch around the brilliant green paddy fields. Guarding over the land like a sleeping sentry is Mount Kinabalu where enormous dipterocarps surge up like skyscrapers.

Borneo’s diverse ecosystems are home to a profusion of species found nowhere else on earth. From orangutans to proboscis monkeys, sun bears to pygmy elephants, saltwater crocodiles to dazzling kingfishers, the variety of wildlife in Borneo is truly mind-blowing. Expect to hear a cacophony of sounds everywhere you go from barking lizards to whooping gibbons.

Borneo also brings together an astonishing array of cultures, traditions and cuisine. Visit indigenous fishing villages, feast on smoky satay skewers at Malay night markets, learn blow-pipe shooting and jungle survival skills. Borneo provides the essential ingredients for the perfect family adventure holiday.

Interesting Facts

  • Borneo is composed of three different countries: Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia, with the Malaysian part being divided into the two states of Sarawak to the west and Sabah to the east.
  • Over 100 animals are endemic to Borneo. Examples of these animals include Proboscis monkeys, Bornean clouded leopards and Bornean rhinos.
  • At an estimated 130 million years old, Borneo’s rainforest is twice as old as the Amazon rainforest.
  • Borneo is home to ninja slugs. This species, discovered in 2012, fires ‘love darts’ at their mate.
  • At 13,438ft (4,096 metres) above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia.
  • Borneo is home to the world’s biggest flower, the Rafflesia. It is a parasitic plant that gives off a horrific smell meaning it is often referred to as the ‘corpse flower’.
  • Borneo is home to hundreds of ethnic groups with distinct cultures and traditions. The Dayak people largely populate the island and are composed of river-based and hill-based communities.
  • Borneo is ground zero for palm-oil devastation. Nowhere has more native rain forest been wiped out. But due to increased awareness, Borneo is repositioning itself as a responsible tourist destination.

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Traveller Reviews

We would not hesitate to recommend Wandering Tribe

Borneo - Reid Family Testimonial

Just returned from an unforgettable 2-week holiday to Borneo, booked with Wandering Tribe. Absolutely fell in love with Borneo – warm and welcoming people, lush rainforests teeming with wildlife, beautiful beaches and stunning views of Mount Kinabalu. Sally’s meticulous planning meant we were able to enjoy all of this and more, stress-free with our twin four-year-old boys in tow! She organised 6 flights, 7 fabulous hotels/lodges and all of the tours and transfers in between. Everything was seamless and Sally was so patient in answering any queries we had when planning the trip. The local guides were very knowledgeable and really looked after our family. The itinerary achieved, for us, the perfect balance between guided activities and ‘free and easy’ time. We would not hesitate to recommend Wandering Tribe or to book with them again in the future.

Reid Family

Sally organised everything perfectly

Borneo - Dijoux Family Testimonial

Borneo is amazing. As a family of 6 getting the right destination to suit all tastes & ages can be difficult – not with Wandering Tribe. Sally organised everything perfectly so we could just enjoy every second. Seeing animals in the wetlands & the jungles (including Asian Pygmy elephants, Orangutans, Sun Bears, estuary crocodiles, proboscis monkeys & so much more) was fantastic. All our boat, plane, minibus transfers were perfect & the guides & drivers all incredibly helpful. Very gentle, friendly and polite people everywhere we went keen for us to enjoy Borneo. A stunning place with so much to do from trekking to zip wires and canopy walks, local markets, snorkelling & beaches & pools in fantastic hotels. Highly recommended holiday & made so easy thanks to Sally’s meticulous help.

Dijoux Family