Family vacation to Borneo

“Take your family into the jungles, villages and mountain foothills of Borneo where a world of legendary locations await, including: Sepilok, Kinabalu and Survivor Island.”


Kota Kinabalu | Kinabalu National Park | Poring Hot Springs | Kinabatangan jungle camp | nocturnal jungle walk | Batu Tulug burial caves | cooking class and village homestay | Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary | Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre | Pulau Tiga National Park | Survivor Island | speedboat ride | Optional activities include: boat trips to Tunku Abdul Rahmen National Park, visits to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre and a hike to volcanic mud pools |


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08 Apr 2017
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Our top tip:
Bring wet wipes, hand gel and toilet roll as some of the facilities are an adventure within themselves. Also, puzzles, games pens etc. to give to the kids at the homestay, always go down well.
Trip type:
Family group. Minimum age 5.
Activity level:
Active. Snorkelling, adventures and hot springs.
8 nights hotel/guesthouse (3 of which are en-suite), 1 night jungle camp and 1 night village homestay.
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader throughout.
All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
Vacation type

Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family vacation to Borneo

As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we operate this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. Borneo is a destination rich in biodiversity, of which we are very aware. We realise that this biodiversity is one of Borneo’s main attractions, so to damage it would be to damage our own company.

Whilst on this trip you will have the chance to visit the Sepilok Orang-utan centre. This centre looks after Borneo’s Orang-utan population, keeping them safe for the pleasure of future generations. Your much needed entry fee will go towards the upkeep of this vital wildlife centre. We have had a long-term relationship with the operator thereby stabilising the income generation and creating a more sustainable future. We have worked with our operator to help train staff in all aspects of their jobs, thereby investing in the people to help improve their knowledge and future prospects. This included Responsible Tourism training.

Our leaders, already committed to Responsible Tourism, have received training and get additional refresher training on a regular basis. Leaders will advise the group on where to shop, what to buy (and not to buy), how to behave, litter policy, drinking water (plastic bottles) and any additional visits to projects that may be of interest.

We use predominantly locally owned and run accommodation on this trip. This contributes directly to the local communities as local staff are employed and locally produced and sourced goods are bought for the accommodation benefiting the wider community. This trip will give you the chance to stay in some traditional community home stays and long houses. The money you spend on these nights will go directly to the local communities creating the greatest possible benefits.

We have at our offices worked to reduce our carbon footprint through a reduction of energy use and energy conservation measures. We also actively reduce the waste produced by having active reduction and recycling policies in place. We run annual staff workshops on Responsible Tourism. Global warming is a reality and to help you make a difference by reducing the carbon dioxide that is produced when you travel we offer a chance to carbon balance your flights. We encourage all our clients to do this and do so for all our staff travel. Go on do your bit!

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