Borneo and Malaysia holiday, trekking orangutans and rainforest

“An internal flight allows for 16 days split between Borneo and the Malay Peninsula with 7 days spent hiking 3 - 12hrs including an ascent on Mt Kinabalu.”

Highlights

Kuala Lumpur | Batu Caves | Broga Hill sunrise trek | Cameron Highlands | Taman Nagara National Park | Kuala Trenggan Trekking Trail | Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary | Sepilok Laut Trail | summit Mt. Kinabalu | Optional night walk in Taman Nagara NP |

Description of Borneo and Malaysia holiday, trekking orangutans and rainforest

Borneo trekking holidays are just as exotically exciting as they sound which is why this 16 day small group tour invites travellers to come and see for themselves what life is like at the summit of Southeast Asia's tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu.

Aside from Borneo trekking tours taking you up to an altitude of over 13,000ft you'll also experience orangutans in Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah as well as cloud forests, tea plantations and agricultural landscapes on the Malay Peninsula.

Contrasts come thick and fast with the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur and a free day at the beach overlooking the Sula Sea, just reward for summiting Mt Kinabalu and spending nights in the Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara National Park, one of the world's oldest remaining rainforests.

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Responsible tourism

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Environment
Wildlife:
A portion of this trip is dedicated to observing the abundance of diverse wildlife in Borneo. Our care for the natural environment and indigenous species in the area extends even beyond careful briefing, meticulous waste disposal and payment of National Park fees which help to protect the wildlife. This particular trip directly supports the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary which rehabilitates injured, orphaned and captured Orang-utans into the wild. At 43 square kilometers, Sepilok is the largest sanctuary of its kind in the world and so this is a great place to find out more about these loveable monkeys and to make a donation or buy souvenirs.

Food & Drink:
Malaysian cuisine is quite varied with influences from India, China and Malaya. We visit local markets and go on a food tour of Kuala Lumpur. Our passengers are also encouraged to try the many varied local dishes available along the way. Places where we eat will be sourcing their produce locally. A number of accommodations we use provide drinking water which can be used instead of having to purchase plastic bottles of water.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. Our leaders and guides have been trained in responsible travel and actively encourage our suppliers, drivers, and other members of our team to respect the environment, protect the culture and support the local economy. They have also completed Child Safe training which enables them to take positive action should they encounter children at risk as well as educating clients re child protection within tourism.

Community:
We use locally owned hotels, restaurants and employ local guides and operators. This keeps our tourist money in the host countries by providing income for people in the area. Often there is the chance for clients to enjoy and participate in cultural entertainment such as traditional dancing and music. We are keen to emphasise that interaction with indigenous groups should not be a one-way street and so our guides will teach some Bahasa Malay so those travelling can interact with local people.

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Reviewed on 23 Sep 2012 by

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


There are two: seeing a grown male orang utan in the wild, and watching the sun rise from the summit of Mount Kinabalu

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


Bring a head torch and lots of insect repellant. Plus an alarm clock!

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


Overall we did nothing to harm the environment and also planted some trees. Generally, yes (although there is a lot of flying).

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


fantastic, a real once in a lifetime experience

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2012 by

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


See the orangutans , the river crusies wildlife spotting, reaching the top of the mountain.

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


Pack really warm clothes for the mountain (thermal underwear is a must), make sure you've done some hill walking before you go, be prepared for really basic accomodation, take a sleeping sheet with you.

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


yes

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


The first week wasn't really a holiday it was just a hard slog. The 2nd week was great though and the guide Manuel was amazing, he made the holiday as fantastic as it was.

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