Borneo 8 day tour, the wild heart of Borneo

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Responsible tourism: Borneo 8 day tour, the wild heart of Borneo

Environment

In Borneo we encourage our guests to respect the wildlife in each destination. All guides are trained and qualified, and we visit only National Parks and rehabilitation centres where the animals are supported or left on their own.

Before travel, our clients receive a Know Before You Go pack which states to keep water use at a minimum as usable water is a rare commodity.

At the longhouse the power is supplied by solar paneling on the roof. The solar panels would not have been there without the income the tourists generate by visiting the longhouse.

The local suppliers we use in Borneo support local Iban communities in the area and are currently supporting the rebuild of a longhouse which recently burnt down in the fire. They are passionate about supporting the local environment and community and only choose guides who share their same values.

In our Brighton office we have a strict recycling system, where we are recycling nearly 80% of our overall waste. All our paper is then bought from our recycling company to complete the circle.

Community

During this trip you will be injecting money straight into the local community. The overnight stay at the longhouse goes straight to the longhouse family who hosts the client, and then other people in the longhouse who have helped out during the client's stay. All food is bought at the local market to be cooked and eaten so the client is not using the resources of the longhouse. Gifts are also encouraged to be bought from a local market on the way.

We have first hand experience in the city of Kuching and know plenty of local restaurants and cafes which we encourage our guests to support. Trips to the National Park help support the up keep, the protection of wildlife, and the local guides.

All of our guides and local partners are provided with a fair wage and secure job. We love to send them on feedback from clients to encourage their good work and work with them, as a team to provide great service.

A staff member travelled to the longhouse and wrote a blog post about their experience to encourage future clients to visit and how to act or feel to be welcomed and respected locally. We also send a Know Before You Go pack, with a few phrases and information on local etiquette and tipping.

Reviews of Borneo 8 day tour, the wild heart of Borneo

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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
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


As a child I loved animals and dreamed about seeing the orang u tangs in their natural environment. As a 54 year old man I realised that childhood dream the first day of my vacation to Borneo. I stood in the sepilok rainforest park and on the trees top pathway just a few metres away from a wild female orange u tang with her baby. It completely blew me away. I was so lucky and blessed and have been left with memories I will never forget

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do bring a pair of binoculars : it sounds so obvious now but I just didn't think about it. I rented them but lesson learned.

Do go on as many night trips as you can. You won't see orang u tang but you will see most animals of those trips.

You often won't have wifi. Again obvious. You are in the middle of rain forests. But still a shock to we western wifi addicts


3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Without doubt. In fact I would go further than that. I think eco tourism here sustains a entire country infrastructure in protecting and sustaining wildlife and rain forest habitat. It actually feels really important that eco tourism is carefully
nurtured in Borneo.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Orobaby the best vacation I have ever had. I loved it. So many memories that I will simply never forget.

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