Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday

“Balance the wildlife, rivers and caves of Niah, Bako and Mulu national parks against the waterfront and museums of Kuching and the beaches surrounding Kota Kinabalu.”

Highlights

Kuching | Bako National Park | Rajang River | Niah National Park | traditional Iban longhouses | Gunung Mulu National Park | Headhunters' Trail | Deer, Wind and Clearwater caves | Asia's longest underground river | waterfalls and secluded golden sand beaches | Semenggoh Sanctuary | proboscis monkeys and orangutans | night walks with park rangers | beaches and islands near Kota Kinabalu |

Description of Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday

Expand your Malaysian horizons as you explore off the mainland and into the realm of Borneo which provides a much wilder, untamed and, ultimately, exciting alternative to the air-conditioned monoliths of KL.

Sarawak, the western of the two Malaysian states on Borneo, offers a remarkable selection of things to do from Bako National Park to Limbang with cheeky ferry trips into the neighbouring state of Sabah and Kota Kinabalu always adding to the attraction of a Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday.

As soon as you spy an orangutan in the rainforest canopy of the Semenggoh nature reserve or spend your first night in an Iban longhouse or step foot onto the legendary Headhunters' Trail, Sarawak wildlife & beach holidays spring into life with plenty of tropical sand from where to soak it all in.

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29 Mar 2018
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Our top tip:
It will be hot and humid, especially in the jungle. Physical preparation is a good idea as is bringing insect repellent, waterproof bags and a head scarf.
Trip type:
Small group. Max 12. Min age 15.
Activity level:
Moderate. Daily jungle hikes.
Accomm:
2 nights cabin, 2 nights dorm, 1 night homestay (all shared facilities), 4 nights hotel.
Included:
Accomm, transport, activities and group leader throughout.
Meals:
8 breks, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
Solos:
Individuals welcome. Single hotel rooms (only) at a surcharge.
About this holiday company:
In 1988, two Aussies set off for Africa in a modified truck - and realised it was something others might enjoy too. The resulting company has a fun, affordable and responsible ethos with tours in over 110 countries.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

On this trip to Borneo travellers will encounter local communities along the riverbanks and stay overnight with our Iban hosts. The benefits of this are obvious for both parties; as well as the financial benefit to the local community, this gives us as travellers a privileged insight into a culture and lifestyle very different from our own. As part of our commitment to travelling without impact, we recommend that our travellers come prepared for this experience and are aware that dress standards are conservative in many rural areas. We recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly in areas outside of the major cities, where much of this trip is spent.

One of the many advantages of travelling in small groups is the flexibility it gives us getting from A to B. We take care to use local transport on this trip, utilising local boats along the coast and waterways of Sarawak and preferring to explore the jungle trails and pathways on foot to make the most of wildlife spotting opportunities. Walking and trekking obviously being the most eco-friendly of transport methods, providing the only thing left behind is footprints!

As a further part of our commitment to responsible travel this trips stays in a combination of small, locally owned hotels, and more basic, dormitory accommodations in Mulu and Bako National Parks. As mentioned above we also have a night in a traditional Iban Longhouse. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team, including group leader from the local community. These small factors not allow us a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

Visits to projects such as the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary and our entrance fees into the National Parks also assist in financially supporting vital conservation projects and preserving the environment for future generations.

As company our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travellers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

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Reviewed on 19 Sep 2011 by

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


Definitely climbing Mount Kinabalu. But very closely followed by the wildlife from orangutans, wild elephants to the sea turtles.

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


Be prepared for the climb. Do some exercise to get your legs ready for constant up hill (doesn't need to be too extreme just enough to be prepared). The infrastructure and facilities are a lot more westernised than i was expecting, don't go too overboard on packing lots of thing you don't think you can buy... you probably can. Including hats and gloves for the mountain!

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


The information and advice we were given about local communities, cultures, and ways of life was spot on. I knew how to dress appropriately, how we were benefiting those we were meeting and never felt like we were imposing on others. Everyone greeted us warmly and were so pleased to be our hosts.

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


Excellent. A whirlwind tour of Sabah, so never felt too rushed. Plenty of time to take things in and relax but still squeezing in a lot to 2 weeks. Some accommodation was very basic, so be ready for that but in the main it was clean, safe and comfortable. Our tour leader, Stacey, was great. Patient with us all when trying to gather 12 very different people together and always smiling. Having someone who spoke Malay and knew the people we were staying with made it feel very welcoming and organised. You should definitely book on this trip!

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2010 by

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


The various methods of travel through Borneo really gave you a sense of travelling like locals and getting the maximum "real life" experience.

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


Take an open mind and enjoy every moment.

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


Yes.

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


The best travel experience I have had so far!

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