We are committed to the conservation of wildlife and on this tour we visit numerous sites that aim to protect endangered species of animals and areas of natural biodiversity. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was founded to protect orphaned orangutans, and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre houses orphaned and rescued sun bears. We also visit areas of biodiversity, including the Mt Kinabalu World Heritage Site, the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and the Deramakot Forest Reserve, where you will listen to a talk on local conservation efforts and innovative sustainable logging procedures. In Kudat, we also make a visit to a local conservation centre for turtles. Travel to national parks and wildlife areas can bring positive economic benefits as entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and conservation of local flora and animal species, while visitors benefit from the educational aspects of the area and take away with them an increased awareness of the need for conservation
Transport - On this tour we make use of low carbon transport. When we are in the Lower Kinabatangan Segama Wetlands (designated a wetland of international importance by Ramsar), we travel downstream on a river boat, making use of the force of the riverís flow in order to make as little an impact on the environment as possible.
Volunteering & Charity- We support local projects and people through volunteering on this tour. When traveling through the wetlands we stop to participate in a villageís community-based reforestation project. We plant fast-growing fruit trees which will provide a valuable source of food for animals, and help preserve the region for future visitors and locals alike.
Traveling with respect - We work to travel with respect, creating good relationships between tourists and the local community. In the village of Abai in the Kinabatangan Region, we stay with locals in their wooden stilted homes. This is a win-win situation for travelers and local people alike, as travelers experience life in a local community while local people benefit economically and also socially from the cultural exchange. Travelers exchange stories and songs with their hosts, who will cook a traditional meal for the guests. To ensure that our travelers get the warmest welcome from the local villagers, tour leaders will first brief them on what to expect in the village and on appropriate dress and behaviour in order not to upset the localsí customs. We feel that traveling to foreign countries provides a chance to experience new cultures and interact with new people. It is not an opportunity for us to impose our culture upon others. We encourage clients to be sensitive to the host culture through preserving and encouraging cultural and social diversity.
Reviews of Borneo adventure vacations
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2016 by Alastair Neilson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Early morning river boat experience viewing 100+ pygmy elephants (with their calves) swim across the river roughly 50 m in front of us. Closely followed by close-up view (from the boat) of salt -water crocodiles -they are very fast!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Do not over-pack on the luggage. It's hot & humid (but bearable) and opportunities to wash clothes during the trip. Make sure you have a good torch (& spare batteries) with you. Must be reasonably fit (and plenty stamina)to get the best out of the vacation. Swimwear and shorts essential, as is adequate sunbloc.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Good inter-action with the local people who in general were very friendly. Sabah, Malaysia is very consevation orientated. They are very keen to show us their conservation efforts and get us on-board to support them.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
First class. Helps too, to be traveling in a small group with whom you mix-in well. Wildlife experiences were exeptional, diverse and numerous. Group leader(s) were excellent and knowledgable.
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Thank you for leaving such lovely feedback from your tour. We are so pleased you had such a fantastic time and we hope to have you on another tour with us again in the future.