The British North Borneo Company was formed on 1st November 1881 to administer and exploit the resources of North Borneo (Present day Sabah in Malaysia). The territory became a protectorate of the British Empire in 1888 but the company remained involved with the territory until 1946, when administration was fully assumed by the crown colony government. From 1946 until the formation of Malaysia in 1963, North Borneo was a crown colony.
Sabah is rich in natural resources and with a sparse population along the coastal areas meant that natural vegetation and rainforest covers most parts of its land. The state capital, Kota Kinabalu, a modern city named after the majestic Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in South East Asia, has been inviting most visitors to ascend to its peak at 13,455 feet above sea level. The outstanding destination has been recognized as an Unesco World Heritage Site in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species, and over 110 land snail species.
With its untamed beauty and fascinating history, Borneo entices those with adventure in their hearts. Whether you are looking for magnificent jungles, pristine sandy beaches, spectacular limestone caves, or soaring mountain peaks, holidays in Borneo offer countless sights to discover.
Its rainforests are blessed with a stunning botanical diversity and unique wildlife. The most beautiful inhabitants – the Orang Utan – only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra, are some of the most magical beings on earth – with holidays in Borneo offering one of the best chances of seeing them in their natural habitat.
Another magical moment must be to watch the curious proboscis monkeys, endemic to Borneo, as they gather by the river bank to settle for the night in the presence of visitors in a boat cruising along Menanggul River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan River near Sandakan.
The sighting of wildlife on this trip is done without strenuous trekking into the jungle terrance as normally associated with this form of activity. The trip is very suitable for the elderly and family. The accommodation and meals are carefully selected to reflect the needs and norms of international travelers of all ages and nationalities.
The tour guides will accompany the group throughout the journey. They can answer most questions on nature, wildlife, history and heritage of Borneo and Malaysia in addition to look after the needs of their guests. Happy Wildlife Holidays!