Wildlife and Landscape Photography Tour with Greentours to Borneo
Our Through the Lens Tours focus on having the time to take good photographs; so more time in the field at fewer localities, with fewer hotels, and less time spent travelling. Our photography leader Chris Gardner (see his images on www.glassfrogphoto.com) will guide you and offer expert tuition in the field on subjects such as composition, lighting or camera use, or indeed whatever you’d like to ask them. These are tours that offer great opportunities for experienced photographers and beginners alike to work on macro photography of butterflies, insects and flowers, bird and mammal photography, and plain old magnificent scenery shots!
Mount Kinabalu’s spectacular landscapes are world-famous for the diversity of both flora and fauna. The fantastically weird urns of the various Pitcher Plants on show will be a major attraction, as will birds such as Whitehead’s Broadbill and Whitehead’s Trogon, Crimson-headed Partridge and rare Black-breasted Fruithunter. Nearby Poring Hot Springs is home to huge Birdwings, the stunning Kallima Leaf Butterfly, miniature Dragontail Swallowtails and beautiful Lantern Bugs. We’ll see Rafflesias with incredible flowers three feet across and a wonderful diversity of Orchids and Rhododendrons. Boat trips along narrow channels off the Kinabatangan River will give us give us up-close Maroon Langurs, six species of Hornbill, the endangered Storm’s Stork and Buffy Fish Owl and fantastic opportunities to capture great Proboscis Monkey images. Danum Valley, one of the world’s oldest and most magnificent rainforests is a wildlife photographers dream. Here the cameras will be busy with Bornean Gibbons, Red Giant Flying Squirrels and Bearded Pigs whilst Rajah Brooke’s Birdwings and Malay Red Harlequin are just part of a pageant of butterflies. This is a superb place to see richly coloured Trogons and Pittas, Rhinoceros Hornbills, Western Tarsiers, strange Bornean Bristleheads, Flying Lizards...and of course Orang-utans, though we’ll never have a better chance to photograph these charismatic apes than on our visit to Sepilok!
Photography of the natural world, in particular macro-photography of Borneo’s amazing insect and amphibian life, the weird and wonderful flora, as well as bird and mammal photography
Chris Gardner, and Local leaders
Easy. No more than three or four miles a day for the most part and always on paths, trails or tracks and always at a slow pace, well suited to photographers.
Included in the Price
All flights. Transport, accommodation and all meals in Sabah. Services of your leaders. Entrance fees to national parks. Please note: Travel insurance, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature, are not included.
The minimum is 5 and the maximum is 8. To gain the most from Chris’s expertise and to get the best opportunities to photograph Borneo’s fantastic fauna and flora it is essential to have a small group!
This tour features some excellent rainforest lodges. After two nights at the excellent Sepilok Lodge we have three nights at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, a lodge which has won several awards for its environmentally friendly approach. The plush Borneo Rainforest Lodge is set amidst the primary rainforest of the Danum Valley Protected Area – quite simply one of the most stunning places you will ever stay! After four nights there we move to Kinabalu NP where we have two nights each at the comfortable yet plain Nepenthes Villas at park HQ, the pleasant Witti Range Chalets at Mesilau, over six thousand feet up the mountain, and the best chalets right by Poring Hot Springs.
UK flights are from London Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan, returning from Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur to London Heathrow. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* may be available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Warm to hot in the lowlands although it rarely exceeds 29°C. Humidity varies from medium to high. At Kinabalu NP Headquarters it is cooler, especially if cloudy. Expect a mixture of sun and cloud with occasional showers or heavier storms, rain being more frequent on Kinabalu.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information. Bird, butterfly, mammal, odonata and frog checklists are available.