Orangutan in Malaysian Borneo

So You Want to Explore Exotic Borneo

BY JILL ROBINSON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY C. RYAN

Nature enthusiasts dream of places such as Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo, where huge swaths of jungle teem with everything from orangutans to clouded leopards, bearded pigs, pygmy elephants, and some of the last Borneo rhinos. But the forest and protected areas that cover nearly 55 percent of this northern tip of the world's third-largest island make it difficult for such wayfarers to fulfill those dreams. An eight-day journey from Ker & Downey - "Wild Borneo by Helicopter" - smoothes out the logistics by whisking you and other guests to the isle's jungles and beaches by private helicopter. Stay in comfort at exclusive lodges and secluded beach resorts, and enjoy daily adventures from each home base. Embark on a private night safari, interact with orangutans in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, cruise on the Kinabatangan River, visit with the Bajau Laut sea nomads, dive and snorkel at Sipadan Island, and cruise the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park aboard a private yacht. The experience will feel like five vacations packed into one.

Details: $40,000. 800-423-4236; kerdowney.com

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