Sabah & Sarawak vacation in Borneo

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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We offer a complete tailor made service allowing you to decide when you go, where to stay and what to do, to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by our travel experts. We would be happy to telephone you to discuss your requirements and options. Our staff have intimate knowledge of this destination, so do please include your telephone number when you complete the enquiry form.

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Responsible tourism: Sabah & Sarawak vacation in Borneo

Environment

On this Borneo vacation, you will visit the famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan orang-utans. The site is 43 square kilometres of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 Orangutans are living free in the reserve. The facility provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated orang-utans as well as dozens of other wildlife species.

During the tour you also have the opportunity to visit The Borneo Sun Bear Centre, a conservation centre with the aim to raise awareness and encourage research on the world’s smallest bear. Found throughout mainland Asia, Sumatra in Indonesia and Borneo, the exact number of Sun Bears in the wild is unknown, making it even more pressing to reduce pressure on a species that is classified as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List and at risk of becoming endangered unless circumstances threatening their survival improve. The BSBCC, the first and only facility of its kind in the world, is a non-governmental organisation set up in 2008 through collaboration of the Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Wildlife Department and LEAP.

Some of the other animals which end up being treated at the centre include:- Sun Bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and the occasional injured elephants. A visit to the Sepilok Rehabilitation centre benefits the Orangutans in a number of ways - as the entrance fees paid to the centre goes directly to paying the staff, providing the food and the training of specialist guides to rehabilitate the orang-utans back into the wild. Donations are welcomed by the centre although not a condition of entry and we would ask all our clients to donate a small amount for their visit.

Kinabatangan River Lodge uses solar panels and recycles as much of their waste as possible.

Community

Our local ground operator/s own and operate a number of eco-lodges which are included in this itinerary. Accommodation has been locally built and is run and operated by local people. The main purpose of these trips is to interact and contribute to local communities and projects and understand the need to minimize any negative impact on the local environment. Our ground agents only employ local guides to accompany our clients. All food in the lodges is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.

The itinerary also includes a visit to the Iban tribe who still live in their traditional ways in Longhouse homes. You can either stay with the tribe or at a local lodge/hotel both of which directly contributes to the Iban people through medical attention and schooling. Touring by boat is provided by local people and all guides are local. All staff at the lodges are from the surrounding villages.

Reviews of Sabah & Sarawak vacation in 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 20 Sep 2011 by

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


It would have to be watching newly hatched baby turtles on the beach at sunset on Seligan Island or the wild orangutan mother and baby on the walk to the Gomatong Caves.

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


Be prepared to dress for all weathers from heavy rain to bright sunshine.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - wildlife tourism provides local people with an alternative source of employment and income which in turn means they don't have to cut down their rainforest.

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


It was an amazing wildlife adventure - I feel very fortunate to have seen freshly hatched baby green turtles and wild orangutans which could become extinct in our life time if we do not do something to save their habitat. Local people were welcoming and very friendly. I could not find fault with our trip.

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2010 by

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


There were many memorable moments. Too few to fully list out! One destination was the Gomantong Birdnest Caves. The main cave tests all your senses. Certainly a location for the next Indiana Jones film, not for flip-flop wearing tourists!

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


The weather and conditions will change, so it's worth having a range of footwear and clothing to suit whatever might happen. To get the best out of everything it's important to be prompt and prepared. The organisation was very good, so put any cares or concerns to one side and sit back and enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


To a degree yes. That said, there is clearly a growing demand from tourists and travel organisations to develop this type of travel-destination in a greater way, and this will be a problem. We spoke with a guide who had grown up locally and his life and career had definitely benefited.

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


Almost everything exceeded my expectations, so, very good, and hassle free.

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