Live with a rainforest tribe in Taman Negara, Malaysia

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07 Jan 2017
£ 780
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12 Apr 2017
£ 780
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Live with a rainforest tribe in Taman Negara, Malaysia

Environment

We're committed to sustainability, in the communities in which we operate and in the ecosystems we encounter. We seek to minimise the impact of our trips by minimising and properly disposing of waste created, by conserving energy and water, and by ensuring that endangered wildlife and environmentally compromised areas are treated with respect.

We always strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Where possible we encourage our travelers to use public transportation, which also adds to the cultural experience. When we do need to use private transport we use modern fleets, which are more energy efficient and emit less CO2.

Cultural engagement and exchange is central to our company ethos, as each trip is a unique mixture of adventure, culture, and philanthropy. We maintain that one only gets to truly know a place by getting to know its people. Volunteer days of the trip are guided by our voluntourism policies developed by ABTA voluntourism guidelines.

We support local efforts of sustainability by staying at eco-lodges and homestays during the trip.

This project is focused on protecting the Sungei Yu Wildlife Corridor, which is the last forest corridor between Taman Negara and the Titiwangsa Mountain Range (The two main Malayan Tiger Habitats in the world). When you join us on our treks you will help us to collect vital presence data of various animals, you may help us find pugmarks of large cats such as a leopards or Tiger, Elephant dung or maybe scratch marks from Sun Bears. We are collecting this information to decide where to place camera traps in the forest so then we can produce accurate density and population studies of Sun Bear, Gaur, Golden Cats, Malayan Tapir, Asian Elephant and even the Malayan Tiger.

The area is also a hotspot for poaching and your sheer presence will help to deter poachers as they dont want to go where other people have gone before. If we find any signs of poaching or illegal wildlife trade you will help us to report this to the Wildlife Crime Hotline.

Community

Cultural engagement and exchange is central to our company ethos, as each trip is a unique mixture of adventure, culture, and philanthropy. We maintain that one only gets to truly know a place by getting to know its people. Volunteer days of the trip are guided by our voluntourism policies developed by ABTA voluntourism guidelines.

We support local efforts of sustainability by staying at eco-lodges and homestays during the trip as well as dining in local restaurants.

Through their fundraising page, clients can support the local community and charities such as the tiger conservation project. The project allows you a unique chance to go trekking, foraging and camping with the Batek people. The Batek people we work with are still very connected to the rainforest and during hot spells can live in the forest for months without outside help.

It is an honour to be in the rainforest with some of the few people who can still live in the rainforests, you canít do that in many places. This is a unique chance to learn authentic bush and survival skills like cooking in bamboo and sleeping under a traditional natural shelter from the pros. The Ďdevelopedí world is catching up on the Batek as their forests are being cleared for plantations so our project is enabling them to gain an income whilst living in the forest, something they care greatly for: it is their home.

You will spend a lot of your time in the forest with the Batek people who still call this forest their home. They are semi nomadic people who will live in the forest during hot and dry periods when their government built brick village is unbearably hot. They will teach you via our translators about the wonders of the forest including how to survive in the forest, make fire, cook using bamboo and search for various tubors or maybe fish. You will spend one night sleeping in the forest with the Batek women which is a once in a life time opportunity. It is truly humbling being with them and watching them elegantly float through the forest. Development is making its way towards the Batek tribe and this programme allows the people of the forest to do what they love and retaining their culture and uniqueness but also allowing them to make an income.

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