Located at the centre of Maritime South-east Asia, Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is home to its oldest rainforests, some 130 million years old. Many species of plants and animals evolved here and today the varied habitats of the island and surrounding waters provide a haven for an incredibly rich array of wildlife. The island is divided among three countries, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, with the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in the north offering some of the most accessible wildlife watching opportunities.
Borneo’s jungles and islands are home to over 600 species of birds, 38 of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Great locations for bird-watching include the Gunung Mulu National Park, Mount Kinabalu National Park (home to South-east Asia’s highest Peak, Mount Kinabalu at 4095m) and the Kinabatangan. Particularly striking species include hornbills, brightly coloured pittas and the Bornean bristlehead.