Rainforests, orangutans and beaches in Borneo

Departure information

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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Vacation type

This vacation is operated by a primate specialist

Typically trips are expertly guided by a leading specialist with a good knowledge of the area to be visited. Primates are the main focus of attention however most safaris also incorporate other fauna and flora highlights of the destination as well. Primate specialist trips are conducted by local guides and drivers.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rainforests, orangutans and beaches in Borneo

Environment

Excursions and transfers are done on a shared basis to minimize the carbon emissions from the vehicles and boats used on this safari. Throughout this safari we also, wherever possible promote the use of eco-lodges, and locally built accommodation which results in the traveler having a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Conservation is also high on our list of priorities and is reflected in the visitation of the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre which supports the protection and conservation of Orangutans throughout the state of Sabah.

If travelers would like to contribute to the protection of primates throughout the world please request further details regarding our work with conservation companies.

We aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We do this through recycling of any office waste including, paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Brighton and Hove Borough. The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travelers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact.

Community

Through the employment of our local ground operators who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. We have tried to use lodges that are further away from the usual tourist trail, thus spreading the money spent by tourists further into the communities. This is turn shows the economic importance of the wildlife and natural assets of the area.

In summary the traveler benefits from this safari by being involved with and meeting local people and communities at the same time as promoting the protection and rehabilitation of Orangutans. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the “thing to do”; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.

Reviews of Rainforests, orangutans and beaches 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 28 Aug 2014 by

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


On a small boat from the Myne Lodge on the Kinabatangan River and our expert guide taking us close enough to see a herd of Elephants come crashing thro the elephant grass to swim in the river, mothers playing with their youngsters giving us a thoroughly life changing experience!

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


After a long 13.5 hour flight from LHR to Singapore and then 2 hours to Kota Kinabalu and then a 1 hour flight to Lahad Datu and then a 2 hour truck ride up into the Danum valley Lodge .......Make sure you are over any jetlag and have the stamina to do the high Viewing Gallery Trek which was the first 5 hour trek we were on in the afternoon within hours after arrival.

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


The complete vacation starting at the Borneo Rain Forest Lodge in the Danum Valley to the Myne resort Lodge to Sepilok nature Resort ending up on the Gayana Eco Resort all exibited great qualities in their support for the conservation of their environment and minimising the impact on the environment. All the Malay people we met had a great deal of knowledge about and cared for the nature that that they were part of.

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


The best vacation I have ever had.

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2011 by

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


Seeing animals in their natural environment and seeing an orangutan in the wild so close for the first time.

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


Don't hesitate GO.

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


Staying at the longhouse was a real life experience and we tried to buy locally made goods guided by our local guide. Most of the places we stayed were eco lodges so we felt that hopefully helped. The more we got to know our guide the more we realised that tourism was important to keep some older customs going by supporting them.

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


EXCELLENT.

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2011 by

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


It was all amazing but the highlight was staying at Rain Forest lodge in the Danum valley... it was a magical place in a superb location. Be prepared to be walking in extremely hot & humid environments, it is quite challenging at times but well worth it.

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


Leech sock are mandatory. Don't take nice shoes for the evening because everywhere has a no-shoes rule... save the weight in your suitcase and take flip flops instead!!

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


The vacation benefited people in the fact that the hotels and guides had a job because of tourism. The Rain Forest lodge has a re-planting program and also has developed eco-ways of working to minimise their impact on the environment... very impressive.

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


Splendid adventure.

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2010 by

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


I cannot isolate just one memorable or exciting part of the vacation - every day my husband and I experienced something amazing! From seeing a plethora of wildlife in the Danum Valley rainforest including various monkeys, insects and birds, to being on a boat on the Kinabatangan River with an elephant bathing next to us, to being 2 feet away from an orangutan and her 2-3 week old baby at Sepilok, to watching a turtle lay her eggs on Lankayan Island and some newly hatched baby turtles make their dash for the Sulu Sea! We will never forget any of it.

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


Pack the right items. We followed the suggested packing list from the tour operator which was pretty spot on. For example, leech socks are a must for the forest treks. If you are a keen photographer like my husband and me, take the best camera and lens(es) you can afford - you won't regret carrying it around as you never know what is around the corner. Most importantly though, go with the right attitude of taking every opportunity and experiencing everything you can. Getting up at 5am may not be everyone's ideal on vacation but you won't be disappointed with the wildlife and views you will be rewarded with.

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


We learned that each lodge/resort is required to employ at least 30% of their staff from the local community which is great. This means not only that there are employment opportunities but that the local people become educated in conservation and environmental issues through these opportunities. Water conservation is very important as you would expect. In most of the places we stayed there was a place to refill water bottles rather than buying more plastic bottles. Borneo Rainforest Lodge was particularly good as they distil water rather than bringing in water from outside and use solar power to heat water (option to use water heater on cloudy days).

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


Excellent! It was organised really well and our guide, Chris, was wonderful.

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