2 independent reviews for Borneo small group adventure holiday

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review 5 Oct 2013

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

The whole holiday was memorable, with lots of highlights! We did especially enjoy our stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley though, we had an exceptional local guide there who was enthusiastic, passionate, knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and very thoughtful towards us and what we wanted to see. He made the trip!

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

You do need a certain level of fitness to do this trip! There are lots of steps to climb and the visit to deer cave involves a bit of climbing over rocks and wading through streams and rivers! The excursions are taken at a fairly leisurely pace though, so it's not a worry when you need to stop for a breather! Leech socks are essential, especially if it's been raining! Carry a towel, you will sweat a lot in the heat and humidity ;) Rubber shoes were used by the guides and seemed more practicle than my walking shoes! The holiday was expensive and I was worried that it would be a waste of hard earned savings, it wasn't, it was worth every penny! An amazing experience and I would do it again! It turned out that we were the only 2 people on the trip as no one else had booked, it was fine to a point, my husband did feel that we didn't get much time to ourselves as the tour guide was with us constantly and for all meals! He felt that if more people had been there it would actually have been easier for us to enjoy our special trip together as a couple! The tour guide was good, he kept us well informed of the itinerary daily, ensured every transfer went without a hitch, was maybe overly attentive but was cheerful, friendly and polite!

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

Definitely, the holiday we did enhanced the locals ability to keep some of their traditions alive! They keep tourism to a minimum in the conservation areas, so there is never too many people in the same area at once. We listened to and adhered to advise of the guides, left footprints only and took memories home with us! Conservation was helped, just by us being there, economically and also by showing interest and enthusiasm for what is being done!

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

An amazing holiday overall, the trip of a lifetime!

review 31 Aug 2011

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

Seeing the orangutans, especially in the wild. However, the whole trip was fantastic and we saw many different types of wildlife, including the Rafflesia flower.

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

You need long sleeved trousers and shirts for all the days you are in the rainforest, due to leeches. It is very hot and sweaty, so try to take enough changes - it is difficult to dry things due to the high humidity. You also need walking boots. As it is the rainforest, many of the animals are high in the treetops and more difficult to see. We knew exactly what sort of area we were going to and thought the experience of being in primary rainforest was unbelievable, but we came across some people in a different group who obviously hadn't expected this and were disappointed they didn't see more.

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

Yes. All the guides were local, and very knowledgeable. The jungle lodges mainly had a sustainable approach, although we wondered if there was an alternative way of electricity generation other than a diesel generator in Danum Valley.

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

It was a fantastic holiday. Byron, our guide, made sure that everything ran smoothly. We saw some wonderful wildlife, not just the orangutans but also many birds, pigmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and many others.

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