Borneo safari, jungle, mountain & beach

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary. The best time to visit is between March and October.
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This holiday 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.

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Responsible tourism: Borneo safari, jungle, mountain & beach

Environment

A fantastic safari that combines the highlights of the state of Sabah, Borneo. All of our trips are conducted by local guides and drivers who specialise in this region of Borneo.

Through the employment of local staff, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. A prime example of this is jungle trekking with Miki. Before we met Miki he was in the process of organising the clearance (deforestation) of the forest surrounding his village located at the foot of Mt Kinabalu and it was not until it was explained to him the possible benefits of keeping it that he was persuaded to look after it. As a result of this, jungle trekking, sleeping overnight in the jungle, and jungle survival skills are now all available to the adventure traveller and Miki has one of the busiest locally run businesses in the area! Money from these activities now feeds directly back to Miki and the jungle guides that he now has to employ (as it is so popular!) and the surrounding villages, and some of the most pristine rainforest in Borneo, is still there to be explored and appreciated.

Throughout this safari we also wherever possible promote the use of eco-lodges, and locally built accommodation which results in the traveller 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 Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre which supports the protection and conservation of Orang-utans throughout the state of Sabah.

In summary the traveller benefits from this safari by being involved with and meeting local people and communities (with the option of staying at Mikiís Village overnight) at the same time as promoting the protection and rehabilitation of Orang-utans.

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 traveller 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 orang-utans. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the ďthing to doĒ; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.

Reviews of Borneo safari, jungle, mountain & beach

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday 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 Aug 2009 by

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


All of it! But if I had to name one bit probably the private dining experience on the beach of Rasa Ria hotel.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Enjoy Enjoy. Not much tips really just let the holiday take you wherever and try and experience as much as possible

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


Yes I believe so we did lots of local activities such as MIki's survival Camp.

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


Unbelievable, fantastic, amazing etc. EVERY day was perfect. It was our honeymoon and so many little touches and extra effort was made for us. It really was magical. Thank you.


It was our honeymoon and so many little touches and extra effort was made for us. It really was magical. Thank you

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2008 by

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


Every part of the holiday was truly amazing but the climb up Mount Kinabalu probably stands out as the best bit. An incredibly tough assent followed by a somewhat painful descent but what a sense of achievement and sat at the summit watching the sunrise having made the climb took away what little breath we had left!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1) It's well worth booking a bespoke trip. The guide was fantastic and we had him all to ourselves. 2) Make the most of every moment it all goes far to quickly and there is so much to fit it! 3) Take a camera with a very good zoom for the best shots of animals in the wild. 4) Drop everything now and get booking!!

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


Absolutely - In particular when we went to Mikki's camp - a very humbling and enjoyable experience!

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


Superb, Amazing, Fantastic, Unforgettable, Life Changing and Emotional just to start with. There really aren't enough words to describe just how wonderful every single part of the holiday was from the food, to the people to the accommodation to the experiences! Can't wait for the next one!

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2008 by

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


Lots of it was exciting but seeing the Orangutans in the wild has to be the best bit.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book early. We met many people who wanted to climb the mountain or stay in the accommodation we were in but everything was booked up.

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


Definitely. We got to hear first hand from local villagers just how beneficial us being there was.

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


The best holiday Iíve ever been on.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2007 by

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


We had three separate components to it and all were memorable. Climbing Mount Kinabalu, staying in huts on the Kinabatangan River and finally a week on the beautiful Lankayan Island in the Sulu Sea.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you like variety and a chance to see the real Sabah then I would highly recommend this.

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


Yes, we met a lot of local people and were impressed with their knowledge on preserving their environment.

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


Excellent

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