Escorted tour operators have been promoting wildlife holidays to Borneo, prompted by the popularity of Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure documentary series on ITV.

Screened over two episodes on July 2 and July 9, the programme saw Dame Judi encountering animals including orangutans, sun bears, elephants, bats and crocodiles.

The TV and film star explored the rainforest, Kinabatangan river and the coastline to see unique wildlife and and learn about conservation efforts.

Kuoni has a £500 per couple saving on its nine-night Wildlife of Borneo escorted small group tour, departing on April 10, 2020.

It costs from £2,585 based on two adults sharing and includes a mixed meal plan, return flights from Heathrow to Kota Kinabalu and group transfers in resort.

It visits the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Kinabalu National Park and the Sukau rainforest.

Titan Travel has a 13-day Wild Borneo holiday from £2,599, which includes flights and 14 excursions, such as Kinabalu National Park and city tours of Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.

It expects the trade to receive more enquiries about Borneo and has created posters for agents to share online or download for window displays.

Exodus Travels’ Borneo Wildlife Discoverer costs from £3,799 for 17 days, including flights.

It visits Mount Kinabalu, Danum Valley, the Sepilok orangutan centre and the historic port town of Sandakan.

Wendy Wu Tours has a 16-day Best of Borneo tour, from £3,990, which includes flights, and visits to Kuching, Bako National Park, an Iban longhouse, Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Sepilok orangutan centre.

Shearings has a 12-day Borneo Wilderness package from £1,648 including flights, based on two sharing.

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