Borneo is the world’s third largest island, and typically conjures up images of a wild forest paradise where Orangutans, gibbons, broadbills and pittas roam the Bornean jungles. On this budget birding and wildlife tour, we will visit some of Borneo’s most famous birding sites, the fabled Mt. Kinabalu, Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary, Sepilok and the Kinabatangan River. Habitats range from rich lowland and montane rainforest to productive coastal wetlands. A wide mix of highly sought-after, rare and endemic south-east Asian birds can be expected on this fabulous birding adventure. As if this wasn’t enough, it is also one of the best countries in Asia to enjoy rainforest mammals, and we can expect some incredible creatures such as Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, Bornean Gibbon, Mouse-Deers, Leopard Cat and, if we are very lucky, perhaps even Bornean Clouded Leopard! This brief yet thorough exploration of this fantastic Asian destination is bound to be a brilliant, exotic blend of mouth-watering birds, mammals and scenery.

Top Birds

Great-billed Heron, Jambu Fruit Dove, Blue-banded, Blue-headed, Giant & Black-crowned Pitta, Great Argus, Black Magpie, Storm's Stork, Whitehead's, Diard's, Red-headed & Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Bornean Bristlehead, Dusky Broadbill, Black-throated Wren-Babbler, Rhinoceros, Helmeted and White-crowned Hornbill

Top Mammals

Orangutan, Leopard Cat, Bornean Gibbon, Bearded Pig, Greater & Lesser Mouse Deer, chance of Clouded Leopard

Habitats Covered

mountains, lowland rainforest

Expected Climate

hot and humid in the lowlands, cool in the highlands

Max Group Size

8 with 1 local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate

Accommodation

comfortable

Ease of Birding

generally unchallenging with some tricky species

Other Attractions

Rafflesia (world's largest flower)

Photographic Opportunities

average

What our clients say about us

Adam Walleyn
BR, Malaysia 2023

The Rockjumper guide (Adam Walleyn) is fantastic. His vast knowledge, enthusiam and helpfulness are exceptional. He always made sure that all saw the animal, and explained the plans for the day in detail. I am less enthusiastic on some of the Malaysian guides. Lieuw (guide in Sabah) is an exceptional birder and helped us to find many specific birds, but his key interest is to present specific (endemic) birds to the customers. I can understand that most tourists that travel with him are listers that want to see as may endomic bird species as possible, but for somebody that wants to enjoy nature as a whole this is at times too much. Having said that,, Liew is a great guy that shared many pictures with us, is extremely enthusiastic and can explain very well how certain (closely related) species differ from each other.

Adam Walleyn
JB & CM, Malaysia & Borneo 2020

Our local leader and Adam Walleyn made a great team; we appreciated Adam’s great skill at spotting and identifying the mammals and herptofauna, which is an important part of any birding trip for us.

Glen Valentine
JW & MW, Malaysia & Borneo

We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.

Glen Valentine
SP, Malaysia & Borneo

Glen did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.

Malaysia & Borneo - Budget Birding 2025

23 Jun 2025 - 02 Jul 2025 (10 days)

MYR18,995 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Local Leader

Tour price (Per person): MYR18,995 * USD4,029 * GBP3,167 * EUR3,768 * AUD6,092

Single Supplement: MYR4,800 * USD1,018 * GBP800 * EUR952 * AUD1,539

Flight costs: MYR440 * USD93 * GBP73 * EUR87 * AUD141

Can be linked with: Malaysia & Borneo - Budget Birding Extension 2025

Malaysia & Borneo - Budget Birding Extension 2025

02 Jul 2025 - 06 Jul 2025 (5 days)

MYR6,395 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Local Leader

Tour price (Per person): MYR6,395 * USD1,356 * GBP1,066 * EUR1,269 * AUD2,051

Single Supplement: MYR1,400 * USD297 * GBP233 * EUR278 * AUD449

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Flight costs (Linked Tour): MYR990 * USD210 * GBP165 * EUR196 * AUD318

Malaysia & Borneo - Budget Birding 2026

22 Jun 2026 - 01 Jul 2026 (10 days)

MYR19,800 - Spaces Available

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Tour price (Per person): MYR19,800 * USD4,199 * GBP3,301 * EUR3,928 * AUD6,350

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Malaysia & Borneo - Budget Birding Extension 2026

01 Jul 2026 - 05 Jul 2026 (5 days)

MYR6,700 - Spaces Available

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Tour price (Per person): MYR6,700 * USD1,421 * GBP1,117 * EUR1,329 * AUD2,149

Can be linked with: Malaysia & Borneo - Budget Birding 2026

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