Rain­for­est RICHES

At Bor­neo’s Ulu Ulu re­sort, you can en­joy a wealth of amaz­ing bird life right up close, in com­fort

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AS THE VENUE for the 2105 Bor­neo Bird Race, it al­most goes with­out say­ing that the Ulu Ulu Re­sort is one of the world’s lead­ing bird­watch­ing des­ti­na­tions. Sur­rounded by 50,000 hectares of pris­tine rain­for­est in the Ulu Tem­burong Na­tional Park, it boasts bio­di­ver­sity to match pretty much any­thing across the globe, and of­fers bird­watch­ing and wildlife-watch­ing pack­ages that draw on the re­sort guides’ many years of ex­pe­ri­ence. Among these is the five-day, four-night In­tro­duc­tion to Bird­ing tour, which al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence the won­ders of the rain­for­est up close and to ex­plore the hid­den green gems of Brunei Darus­salam. Some of the iconic bird species to be found are Rhinoceros Horn­bill, Bushy-crested Horn­bill, Hel­meted Horn­bill, Malaysian Blue Fly­catcher, Scar­let-rumped Tro­gon, Black-naped Monarch, Whiskered Tree Swift, a va­ri­ety of spi­der­hunters, Stork-billed King­fisher, Black and Yel­low Broad­bill, Red-naped Tro­gon, and the en­demic Bor­neo sub­species of Asian Par­adise Fly­catcher. The cus­tom­ized tour is suit­able for the rea­son­ably fit, as it does in­volve a lot of steps to climb and some slip­pery track, but there’s plenty of com­fort for vis­i­tors in-be­tween bird­watch­ing ex­pe­di­tions. You’ll ar­rive af­ter a scenic boat ride along man­grove-fringed wa­ter­ways, and will then be able to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the re­sort, and to en­joy a guided bird tour of the im­me­di­ate area. On the days that fol­low, your guides will show you the best of the bird life that Bor­neo has to of­fer, with early morn­ing vis­its to a canopy walk

Sur­rounded by 50,000 hectares of pris­tine rain­for­est… it boasts bio­di­ver­sity to match pretty much any­thing across the globe, and of­fers bird­watch­ing pack­ages that draw on the re­sort guides’ many years of ex­pe­ri­ence

that takes you right into the tree­tops of the rain­for­est, and al­lows you to see the many birds on their own level – while you’re up there you should also get great views of Gib­bons. There’s also a long­boat trip down­river to en­joy more bird­watch­ing – any­one who’s tried it will tell you that bird­watch­ing from a boat brings great re­sults, with birds al­low­ing you to ap­proach much closer than you could on foot. And of course, you’ll ex­plore the trail of the Na­tional Park in search of yet more birds. In ad­di­tion, there’s an op­tional guided night walk to search for in­sects, frogs and noc­tur­nal wildlife, and you’ll have plenty of time to re­lax, to en­joy the de­li­cious meals pro­vided at the re­sort, and to ex­plore the re­sort area fur­ther. The tour in­cludes all trans­porta­tion, four break­fasts, four af­ter­noon teas, five lunches, four din­ners, the ser­vices of an English-speak­ing na­ture guide, four nights stay based on stan­dard room oc­cu­pancy (bunk beds), a stain­less steel wa­ter bot­tle, all ac­tiv­i­ties as in­di­cated in itin­er­ary, and a num­ber of op­tional ac­tiv­i­ties (night walk, kayak­ing and tub­ing). Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www. ulu­u­lure­sort.com

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