Primates of the Ancient Forest


May 13 - 29, 2020
(Cancelled - Details In Overview)
Cost: $9,990
Leader: Charlie Ryan
Group Size: 8
Days: 17

Safari Overview

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are cancelling all of our trips scheduled to depart before May 15, 2020. If you are booked on this trip we are offering 110% of your cancelled destination’s trip cost to be transferred to one of our trips that departs before May 15, 2022. If not, we will send you a full refund, but we hope that you’ll consider rebooking to help support local communities and Cheesemans’ during this challenging time.

Future trip to the Borneo is as follows:

Explore an island with pristine ecosystems, home to charismatic and rare wildlife and one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Visit an orangutan sanctuary where these charming gentle giants feed and socialize. Take in breathtaking views atop the rainforest canopy while watching birds weave their way through the foliage. Cruise the Kinabatangan River and witness pygmy elephants bathing along the riverbanks. Participate in game drives and jungle walks through various habitats and observe orangutans, Bornean gibbons, proboscis monkeys, maroon langurs, and so much more! Visit Mount Kinabalu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its diverse habitats and incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including 18 Bornean endemics. Discover one of the most species-rich equatorial rainforests on this unique island.


  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and observe orangutans visiting feeding grounds in the rainforest.
  • Explore the Kinabalu National Park, a birdwatcher’s paradise with 326 bird species.
  • Discover the Gomantong Caves and experience the million-bat exodus.
  • Marvel atop the Danum Valley as the sunrise burns off the morning mist, revealing the forest canopy below.

Itinerary Updated: March 2020

Our Trip Leaders

Charlie Ryan

After signing up for a volunteer program in Indonesia in 2008, Charlie was re-routed to Sabah, Borneo where he helped set up community initiative programs for the Abai village. He has resided in Sabah ever since. Charlie guides for the National Geographic Adventure groups in Borneo and helps train nature guides, providing them with first-hand knowledge and experience. He is also an avid photographer, which compliments his passion for wildlife, culture, and travel.


Explore an island with pristine ecosystems, charismatic and rare wildlife, and one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

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