Three Countries, One Island:
Borneo is not a country itself but is divided among three nations. Indonesia claims the largest portion of the island, covering approximately 73% of its landmass. Malaysia occupies 26% of Borneo, while the remaining 1% belongs to Brunei. Each country offers its own unique experiences, from the dense jungles of Indonesian Kalimantan to the modern cities of Malaysian Borneo.
With its prime location near the equator, Borneo boasts a hot and humid climate that is perfect for lush rainforests and diverse wildlife.
Reasons why you should consider traveling to Borneo over Africa!
Well, after visiting some of the most popular national parks in Kenya and South Africa, I'm here to vouch for Borneo.
Breathtaking Natural Beauty:
Borneo is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and rich biodiversity. The island is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, the Borneo Rainforest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Diverse Cultural Experience:
Borneo is a melting pot of different cultures, with over 50 indigenous ethnic groups residing on the island. Each group has its distinct traditions, languages, and customs. By visiting Borneo, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in diverse cultural experiences, witness traditional dances, try local cuisine, and interact with friendly locals.
Adventure and Outdoor Activities:
Borneo offers a plethora of thrilling outdoor activities for adventure enthusiasts. You can go trekking through dense jungles, climb Mount Kinabalu (the highest peak in Southeast Asia), explore mystical caves, embark on wildlife safaris, go white-water rafting, and even dive in world-class dive sites like Sipadan Island, renowned for its marine biodiversity.
Unique Wildlife Encounters:
Borneo is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Apart from orangutans and proboscis monkeys, you can spot an array of unique and endangered species, including pygmy elephants, Bornean pygmy rhinoceros, sun bears, clouded leopards, and a variety of colorful bird species.
Also, visiting wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Borneo provides incredible opportunities for wildlife sightings and conservation efforts.
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