10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know Before About Borneo
Borneo is an incredible place which can fulfill every travelers’ dream. For travelers that are looking for something that is extraordinary to one’s eye, Borneo has the potential to fulfill their expectations. Be ready to be blown away with the amazing beauty of the jungle, rich cultural diversity and one of a kind tropical adventures.
Here are 10 facts about Borneo Island that attract most to the wanderlust out there.
1. Borneo is not a country! It is actually an island consisting of three different countries – namely Brunei, Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak) and Indonesia.
2. Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world, behind Greenland and New Guinea. The land area of Borneo is 287,000 square miles or 743,330 square km.
3. The Borneo rainforest is one of the most ancient forests in the world, estimated to be about 140 million years old. Currently half of the world’s timber comes from Borneo.
4. Home to the Orangutans, which can only be found in the rainforest of Borneo and Sumatra. Orangutans share about 97% of their DNA with humans – an interesting fact. (Photo source: Orangutan Foundation )
5. Borneo also houses approximately 210 mammals – 44 of which are native to Borneo. It is inhabited by many endangered species such as Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, and Bornean Clouded Leopard. Our tour package offers wildlife adventure tour for those who interested get a close up to wildlife.
6. Its highest point is Mount Kinabalu which is located in Sabah, Malaysia. This site has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status which is now a tourism hotspot.
7. Borneo is one of the world’s most biodiverse spots. Being home to an estimated 15,000 different plant species, with about 35% of it endemic – species such as The Nepenthes species, wild Orchids, Calophyllum tree and many more. Our tour package offers sightseeing and close up experience with the amazing natural habitat. (Photo source : Phillo )
8. The largest flower in the world – Rafflesia Arnoldii, can also be found in Borneo. It is known as the corpse flower because it gives out a rotting corpse smell. Sabah and Sarawak is especially known by tourist with this gigantic flower species. (Photo source : Rafflesia )
9. Borneo has various cultural influences, as it is home to close to 200 ethnics groups, which make up the natives of Borneo. Each of the ethnicity have different customs, laws, traditions, dialects and respective cultures. Some of the main ethnic groups are Dayak, Malay, Banjar, Chinese and Kadazan-Dusun. (Photo source : Brillio.net)
10. Borneo is twice the size of Germany; it covers an area of 287,000 square miles. They pack amazing adventures one can never get bored exploring into.