Current Photo Tours 2018/2019 Schedule 

- India Tigers Expedition - April 28th to May 12th, 2019

- Morocco Photo Tour - May 1st to 11th, 2019

- Bulgaria Photo Tour May 31st to 11th, 2019

- Galapagos Islands Photo Tour June 14th to 25th, 2019

- Franklin Island Workshops September 5th thru 29th, 2019

- Madagascar Photo Tour - September 5th to 20th, 2019

- Israel Photo Tour - October 23rd to 31th, 2019

- Polar Bear Photo Tour November 11th to 16th, 2019

- Antarctica Photo Tour February 20th to March 5th, 2020

- Our 2019 Tour Brochure available for download

Borneo Photo Tour - "Get to know the locals"

Borneo Photo Tour - Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, biodiverse rainforest and home of wildlife including orangutans and clouded leopards. In Sabah you will find Mount Kinabalu at 4,095 m is the islands highest peak. The island is also home to Kinabalu Park.

     Borneo is one of two places on Earth (Sumatra is the other) where endangered orangutans can still be seen in the wild. Orangutans are among the smartest primates, they make medicine, craft tools, and even exchange gifts.

   The wildlife and colourful birds make this a photographers playground. I’m pleased to invite you to join me as Trekkers travels to Borneo in November. Colour, clear waters, miles of beaches .... this island has it all. 

                                                                                                                        James Cowie


 Borneo Photo Tour Itinerary - November 9th to 22nd, 2018

Day One: Friday November 9th, 2018 Our motor coach departs London mid morning for Pearson International airport. Pick ups can be arranged en route, guests departing from Toronto and other regions will meet the group at Pearson International. Our flight departs for Hong Kong at 2:15 p.m.

Day Two: Saturday November 10th, 2018  Our flight arrives in Hong Kong where we connect to Kuala Lumpur. We will meet our local guide at the airport and travel to our hotel. Check-in and have some leisure time. Overnight Traders Hotel 3 nights. (B)

Day Three: Sunday November 11th, 2018 Breakfast and then begin a tour of Kuala Lumpur. We will begin our day by traveling to Petronas Twin Towers and visit Skybridge & 86th floor observation deck. Great opportunities for photos of the city. We will continue our tour of the city visiting the King’s Palace, National Monument, the National Mosque and then time to spend exploring the streets and interesting markets in Kuala Lumpur.  Overnight Traders Hotel (B)


Day Four: Monday November 12th, 2018 Breakfast and visit to the Perdana Botanical Gardens specifically to see and photograph the Orchid garden. The garden houses at any one time up to 800 species of orchid. We will also visit Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, one of the largest in the world spanning over 80,000 square feet of landscaped gardens and over 5,000 live butterflies, with many exotic plants, butterfly host plants and ferns. 

We will also visit Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, one of the largest in the world spanning over 80,000 square feet of landscaped gardens and over 5,000 live butterflies, with many exotic plants, butterfly host plants and ferns. We will finish with a visit to Kuala Lumpur Bird Park & Sanctuary. Over 20 acres of aviary and home to more than 3,000 birds of approximately 200 species of native and foreign birds. Mid afternoon return to our hotel, time to relax and dinner. Overnight Traders Hotel. (B) (L) 

 Day Five: Tuesday November 13th, 2018 Breakfast, then check-out and fly to Klia. When we arrive we will travel to Kuching have a meet and greet with our local guide and have some time to explore and photograph the city of Kuching. The start of our Borneo adventure we will have opportunity to visit a few of the local markets a Chinese temple and then on to the river. This afternoon we will take a pontoon river cruise for a view of the surrounding river banks and of the Astana, the residence of the former White Rajah. After our river tour we will travel to our hotel, checkin in and have some free time before dinner. Overnight at the Hilton Kuching. (B)


Day Six: Wednesday November 14th, 2018 Breakfast then depart for a River Safari with overnight in the longhouse at the Lemanak River. Our journey will take us through lush green countryside dotted with paddy fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations, and flanked by jungle clad mountains. Along the way we will visit Serian farmer’s market, visit a pepper garden and have opportunity to photograph carnivorous pitcher plants. We will have lunch at a roadside bazaar deep in Iban country. 

Mid afternoon we will arrive at Lemanak jetty for a longboat ride up the Lemanak River, passing through typical Borneo countryside with a longhouse tucked behind almost every bend in the river. We will arrive at the Longhouse and visit the “entire village under one roof.” Dinner tonight featuring delicious fresh jungle produce. After dinner we will be able to see and photograph a blow pipe shooting. We will then return down river for transfer to Batang Ai jetty. After a 20 minute boat ride across the 24 sq km Batang Ai Hydro Lake, arrive at the Aiman Batang Resort and Retreat. Overnight at the Resort. (B)(L)(D)

Day Seven: Thursday November 15th, 2018 Breakfast at the resort. Sunrise photo shoot of the lake, which is sometimes shrouded in mist which makes it quite breath-taking. We will depart for Kuching via the same route, having lunch along our route. We will make our way back to Kuching arriving mid afternoon, check into our hotel and have some time to relax this afternoon. Overnight Hilton Kuching. (B) (L)


Day Eight: Friday November 16th, 2018 Breakfast, Check-out and proceed to the airport for our flight to Mulu. Upon arriving in Mulu we will meet our local guide and transfer to our hotel Mulu Marriott Resort. We will have lunch then travel to Park Head Quarters for a 45 minute trek along the elevated plank walk through the peat swamps, alluvial flats and limestone outcrops to Lang’s Cave, one of the largest cave passages in the world. We will proceed to Deer Cave to view “Lincolns’ profile” At dusk, weather permitting we will have opportunity to photograph the spectacle of tens of thousands of free-tailed bats emerging from the cave in formation, against the changing backdrop of the evening sky.   We will return to our hotel for dinner. The next two nights will be at the Mulu Marriott Resort. (B)(L)(D)

Day Nine: Saturday November 17th, 2018 Breakfast then opportunity for photography on the trails around the resort. We’ll then transfer to Mulu Airport for our flight to Kota Kinabalu. We will be met by our local representative and local driver for our transfer to our hotel. For the next 2 nights we will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.(B)


Day Ten: Sunday November 18th, 2018 Breakfast then proceed to Mount Kinabalu and Poring Hot Springs. The jagged granite peaks of Mt. Kinabalu 4095 m towers above one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Kinabalu Park is a natural wonder and UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu Park is a natural wonder that offers visitors a glimpse into the unique flora within the park. We will have opportunity to photograph as we trek through the rainforest and witness life in the treetops as we walk along the 100 feet hight canopy walkway. Late afternoon we will travel back to our hotel. Overnight Hyatt Regency Hotel. (B)(L)


Day Eleven : Monday November 19th, 2018 Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport for our morning flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival we will meet our guide and transfer to the jetty for a 45 minute boat ride by speedboat to Selingan Island. Upon arrival we will register at Turtle Island Park and check into our chalets. After lunch at the cafeteria we will have some free time to relax, swim or snorkeling. After dinner we will wait for the ranger’s call to observe turtles laying their eggs. The eggs are then transferred to the hatchery and if any young hatchlings are ready, we will have opportunity to observe the release fo the turtles into the sea. Overnight at Selingan Island Chalet. (B)(L)(D)


Day Twelve: Tuesday November 20th, 2018 Breakfast, check-out and depart the island for Sandakan. We will drive to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. We’ll move on to the free roaming area and have a chance from the observation tower to photograph the feeding orangutans. We will have opportunity to witness the process of the orangutan being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat. We will have opportunity to walk in the tropical lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. We will also visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre where we will have opportunity to photograph the bears within the forest. 

Mid morning we will depart Sepilok centre for a boat ride to Abai We will take an hour boat cruise up the Lower Kinabatangan river Sanctuary where we will have lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. This afternoon a spectacular photo opportunity which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through the magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. We will cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, along with birds and other wildlife. Later in the afternoon we will arrive and check into Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. We will do a sunset cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. Overnight Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. (B)(L)(D)

Day Thirteen: Wednesday November 21st, 2018 Breakfast to the morning calls of the gibbons and hornbills. We will take an early morning river trip to the Ox-Bow Lake to photograph and observe the wildlife along the river. Our early morning experience will reward us with images of Sabah. We will have a mid day break with lunch and photography around the lodge. Then mid afternoon our second river cruise to photograph more wildlife as we approach sunset. Dinner and overnight at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. (B)(L)(D)

Day Fourteen: Thursday November 22nd, 2018 Breakfast, check-out and begin our return journey home to Canada. Transferring back to Kuala Lumpur. We will then fly Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Toronto arriving 8:20 p.m. Clear customs, say good-by to onward and Toronto Region guest, meet our motor coach arriving back in London at approximately 11:00 p.m.


Borneo offers up many spectacular photo opportunities. The temperatures in Borneo remain fairly constant year round with an average daily temperature of 26 C to 32 C with slightly cooler temperatures on the coast and mountain regions.

The cost of our Borneo Photo Tour is $6,780.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy including air via Ethiopian Airlines, plus air taxes of $309.97 CAD and $17.19 HST. Single supplement is available for an additional $1,190.00 CAD.


- Round trip motor coach via Cherrey Coach Lines to Pearson Airport, Toronto

- Departures from London, and Woodstock, other pick up points where possible

- Round Trip Airfare via Cathay Pacific Airlines

- Domestic connecting flights

- All airport and hotel transfers

- Accommodations and meals during our tour, as specified in our itinerary

- Several river cruise safari and long boat tours as specified in our itinerary

- Admissions to all nature parks and reserves in Borneo

- Lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant

- Water supplied in your safari vehicle during game drives and transfers,

- Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie


- Alcoholic beverages, laundry and tips.

- Tourist visa fees (we will assist with applications and processing)


A non refundable deposit of $775.00 CAD is required at time of booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure. We recommend the purchase of travel and health insurance as this tour takes us out of the country.

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James Cowie by email:
                          phone: 1-416-391-0334 ext. 2688
                                      1-800-263-2995 ext. 2688
Padma Rao by email:
                          phone: 1-416-391-0334 ext. 2672
                                      1-800-263-2995 ext. 2672

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