Borneo tour, Orangutans and Rainforests

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Environment

This tour takes you back to basics as you visit rural communities with a local guide as your leader throughout. We don't use any commercial tour operators so your money is all being put to good use. We have been working on conservation and animal welfare projects on the ground on Borneo for more than 12 years now, so know the flora and fauna well, and provide sound advice on how to behave in each area that you visit. In visiting each local community, we recycle where possible but where it is not we remove all rubbish and take it with us when we finish our time with the tribe.

When trying to spot wildlife, particularly the elusive orangutan, it is important to try to have as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. Wild orangutan are extremely sensitive to 'intruders' in their space, so it is important for our groups to pay close attention to the guides, keep as quiet as possible and remain calm in the forest. We have a strict 'no contact policy' for all of our tours and volunteer projects, and guests on our tours are not permitted to attempt to get close to or feed any wildlife.

Our conservation work for the orangutan in Batang Ai national park is undertaken hand in hand with the Iban community that our tour groups visit each month on this trip. The Iban community are custodians of their land, and as long as they retain ownership of it, the orangutan still have somewhere to live. By providing a sustainable revenue stream for them through our eco-tourism endeavours, they have been able to remain in situ and in possession of their land, which has retained the orangutan's homeland over these years.

Through 2017, we will slowly be introducing a vegetarian menu to this tour. Although our guests over the years are overwhelmingly omnivores, we can no longer ignore the detrimental impact that factory farming has on our environment. We have solicited feedback from our tour participants over the years, and though there is not strong support for a vegetarian holiday, we will still move the tour in this direction in order to minimise the negative impact that catering for our groups has on the natural world. Our vegetarian catering is carefully crafted to ensure that the meals are extremely high in energy and protein, so no one will feel hungry or nutrient-deficient on their holidays!

Community

This tour visits two national parks, which are owned and run by the Sarawak government. We include these locations as they are amazing places to see wildlife, and to learn of the mammoth efforts being made to care for and rehabilitate rescued wildlife on Borneo. However, the other locations are all bespoke for our group, and we take our guests to stay with communities that we have forged organic links with over our years of working on Borneo. Through our networks we have heard of small communities that are already engaged with their own conservation efforts, either for land, water or wildlife, and we have reached out to these people to offer them sustainable income and support through our tourism product. We have had a relationship with the Iban community for 12 years now, and have been able offer a sustainable income for them where they previously had none, and have also been able to support their own development by offering micro-loans where needed. We constructed a long house on their land for our guests to use, and it is also available for the community to use in between our groups to create and develop their own eco-tourism initiative, should they wish to.

Our organisation is a local charity, so by participating on this tour you are directly supporting both our animal welfare and conservation work, and also our work with rural communities and local guides. None of your money goes to for-profit agencies on the ground. We employ local guides at a very generous salary, who have the very best knowledge of the areas and peoples you will visit. The guides also have relationships, both personal and working, with the communities that host you, so the communities are always pleased to see our groups and spend time with us.

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


Too many highs to pick just one. Releasing the Turtles at Telok Sarabang, rafting on bamboo rafts, all the people I've met, the Jungle; a scary and extremely challenging place but is magical!

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


Ale sure you are fit, the trekking is hard!

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


Yes it did, we stay with the local community

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


Amazing and exhausting

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