The country of Borneo has some of the globe’s equatorial rainforests with areas that are accessible from multi-ethnic, contemporary cities. This article will offer information on what to expect when you visit Borneo.
1. Ancient Rainforests
If you have always dreamed of experiencing the humid fecundity of an equatorial rainforest, then the Borneo surroundings will fulfil your dizziest daydreams. The island’s jungles draw up ideas of remoteness and adventure, bringing you closer to impenetrable foliage with river trips to the ‘heart of darkness’. If you look ever more closely, you will see various nuances emerge, such as lianas, pitcher plants, orchids in the lowland forests, confiders and rhododendrons as you hike up Mount Kinabalu. Deforestation has promoted depressing headlines, but there are specific areas in the Borneo rainforest that remains intact and protected by wildlife conservation programmes. Of course, the viability of these conservation programmes relies on tourism revenue.
The Danum Valley Conservation Area is acknowledged as a home to one of the greatest rainforests in Borneo. The Conservation Area measures approximately 438 square kilometres or 170 square miles, making it the largest area of undisturbed, virgin low-lying rainforest in Malaysia. Visited regularly by different scientists, including the documentary producer David Attenborough, the array of fauna and flora displayed in the Danum Valley Conservation Area is ideal for people who are naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts, bird spotters, or if you want to appreciate natural beauty in normal environments – while it is still available to enjoy.
Also, a visit to Mataking Island isn’t to be missed! If you are looking for a romantic trip with some diving, this could be the destination for you, located just 40 minutes boat ride from Semporna, East Coast of Sabah in Malaysia, there is plenty of Mataking Island accommodation for you to choose from.
2. Jungle Wildlife
For the majority of visitors to Borneo, their most memorable experience is viewing wild orangutans swinging through the canopy, locking eyes with the gaze of a saltwater crocodile, or viewing an Irrawaddy dolphin swimming between the shining waters of the South China Sea. The wildlife in the jungle are typically shy by nature; however, they can be a good guide to help you identify the difference between a vine snake and a vine, a stick insect and twig, and the cry of a hornbill or a call of the gibbon.
The majority of visitors to the Danum Valley attempt to see some of the wildlife within the Borneo equatorial rainforest. One of the best methods to do this is by joining a guided trek along one of the various marked trails accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced Nature Guide. The best time to view the wildlife is in the early morning.
If you are considering visiting the equatorial rainforests you view in National Geographic programmes or the rainforests you hear David Attenborough speak about; then it would be best to consider the Danum Valley Conservation Area as a place to visit in Borneo. In this area, you will see different wildlife species that you may not have known existed. It is also possible to see one of the most beautiful, yet highly endangered, species associated with Borneo – the orangutan.
3. Cultural Riches
Borneo draws together a plethora of different religions, languages, cultures, and old-age traditions of hospitality, meaning that the majority of visitors are welcome in the area. Many cities in Borneo present with Chinese communities; however, the coastal villages of Sarawak and Sabah are populated primarily by Malays. The head inland culture of Borneo is an indigenous one. The Dayak groups in Borneo ceased headhunting a long time ago; however, there are various other traditional ceremonies and customs available in the longhouse communities. There is no better way to experience the Borneo indigenous lifestyle than to visit and arrange a local tour with one of the local guides.
4. A Culinary Melting Pot
The different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in Borneo translate into an island with diverse and extremely delicious cuisines. Seafood sourced from the South China Sea is served fresh at Chinese restaurants; however, Malay night markets and Indonesian restaurants offer smoky chicken satay or spicy sambal. The small village of Brunei has particularly traditional cuisine options including indigenous foods. Ranging from the cooking of the Kelabit people with pineapple curry to dishes with jungle fern and bamboo chicken – the Dayak food is unlike any other items you will have tasted before.