Borneo tour, Orangutans and Iban

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Nature conservation and animal welfare are absolutely vital on the island of Borneo, as there are an endless amount of threats to the forest and its inhabitants such as logging, mining, human-animal conflict, poaching, the illegal pet trade, the animal entertainment industry and the biggest threat of all, deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations. We support conservation efforts in Borneo by visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Our entrance fees and donations at these centers will go towards rehabilitation, release, food and care.

We also visit protected national parks and reserves such as: Batang Ai National Park, which is a 24sqkm protected area for rainforest conservation, Deramakot, which promotes sustainable forest management and the protection and conservation of wildlife and the 28,000 ha Kinabatangan sanctuary. The entrance fees that we pay, go towards conservation and management of the parks and reserves.

In the national parks, reserves, and just generally throughout the trip, we respect all landscapes and make sure we keep our litter with us until we are in a place where we can dispose of it responsibly. We also ask that any smokers on the tour do not leave cigarette butts.

Last but not least, we use local guides for this tour, which means we are keeping carbon emissions down.

The Impacts of this Trip

Keeping money in local economies and supporting tribal communities is extremely important. We include homestays in our tour, where we spend time with these communities, taking the time to learn about their culture, traditions and way of life. Small gifts are a nice way to show gratitude, especially Ďexoticí items from your home country that are not available in Borneo. Staying with tribal communities in their longhouses, not only helps to keep indigenous traditions alive but makes sure that small communities benefit from tourism income and that our money doesn't just go to large hotel chains.

The use of local guides also helps us to keep money in the local economy and we believe it is much better, in the sense that the depth and honesty of knowledge and information will be second-to-none if coming from a local.

Most people like to take photos, and itís sometimes easy to forget that the photogenic person in front of you may not want their picture taken. We always ask if itís okay, and respect their wishes if they say no.


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