Borneo Pygmy Elephant Trekking

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights

Grade: Moderate

borneo elephantsThe Borneo elephant is a sub-species of Asian elephant which includes the Indian elephant, the Sumatran elephant, the Sri-Lanka elephant, and the Borneo elephant. The Borneo elephant is also known as the Borneo Pygmy Elephant as it is the smallest of the elephant sub-species. The Borneo elephant is found exclusively on the island of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sabah and part of Indonesian Kalimantan. Much of the Borneo elephants natural habitat has been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations and timber industry, and there are now thought to be less than 1,000 Borneo elephant individuals left in Sabah and the Northern of Kalimantan. Today, the Borneo elephant is considered to be an animal that is in immediate danger of becoming extinct due to the fact that Borneo elephant populations have been declining at a critical rate. Borneo elephants are thought to be suffering primarily due to habitat loss in the form of deforestation and hunting for their ivory tusks by poachers.

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN TARAKAN – MALINAU

Meet at airport and directly driving to the port for crossing upward the Kayan River to Malinau by public speed boat for about 3 hours of which the fresh water dolphins, proboscis monkeys, and birds emerge occasionally along the delta of Sesayap River. Afterwards, proceed to a local hotel for overnight. Free at your own leisure. (L,D)

Day 02 MALINAU – BALATIKON – AGISON RIVER

After breakfast at local hotel, we will then driving across rainforest and mountainous landscape to reach Balatikon village to catch the boat for crossing the Agison River while exploring flora and fauna on riverside. In the afternoon, we will set our campsite nearby the river. (B,L,D)

Day 03 BORNEO PYGMY ELEPHANT TRACKING

After breakfast, we will start our Borneo Pygmy Elephant Trekking by crossing rivers, hills, and wilderness to track the Borneo pygmy elephants by searching the foot prints that can lead us to the group of elephants. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and staying overnight at jungle camp. (B,L,D)

Day 04 BORNEO PYGMY ELEPHANT TRACKING

Breakfast at the camp and then trekking deeper into the wilderness to search the Borneo Pygmy Elephants and other wild animals. The trekking trails is more or less with previous day. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and staying overnight at jungle camp. (B,L,D)

Day 05 BORNEO PYGMY ELEPHANT TRACKING

The trek for today is almost the same with previous day but never boring, we will cross rivers, hills, and wilderness to track the pygmy elephants and other wildlife as well as the amazing plants. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and staying overnight at jungle camp. (B,L,D)

Day 06 AGISON RIVER  – BALATIKON – MALINAU

After breakfast, we will proceed back to Balatikon village to catch our car for driving back to Malinau town. Arrive at Malinau and directly check in to local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 07 MALINAU – TARAKAN – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at local hotel and then driving to the port to catch the public speedboat crossing downward the river to reach Tarakan port. Arrive at the port and directly transfer to the airport to catch your afternoon flight to next destination. (B)

Included:

  • AC land transportation
  • Motorized boat
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    02 Nights at local hotel in Malinau
    04 Nights at bivouac/tent
  • Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
  • Tent/bivouac
  • Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)

Excluded:

  • Airfares
  • Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
  • Personal expenses