3 independent reviews for Borneo wildlife holiday with Mt. Kinabalu climb

Reviews for Borneo wildlife holiday with Mt. Kinabalu climb

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review 16 Apr 2015

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

Seeing Orangs and Gibbons in the wild

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

To get out into places like the Danum Valley as it was a wonderful experience.

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

Not really sure about supporting local people although we were told that locals were used as much as possible to staff lodges etc so there must be an impact for them there. On reducing environmental impact I felt that they were doing a small amount in that vein but as usual more needs/could be done. I think just having the conservation areas must be supporting conservation.

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

We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Borneo and felt that it exceeded our expectations. The one concern we did have were the river trips which although fabulous (and our guide, Bryant, was great) we felt that a lot of the other guides were getting too close to the animals and harassing them by following them too closely and being very noisy when up close to the animals - something that needs to be self regulated by the lodges I feel.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback and pleased to hear that Borneo exceeded your expectations! Your feedback regards the guides will be sent to the lodge to addressed. We are delighted to have taken care of you on this trip and look forward to looking after you on your next adventure!

review 12 Jul 2013

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

The river cruises at Abai jungle lodge where we saw some amazing wildlife and climbing Mount Kinabalu which was very tough but the views were immensely rewarding.

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

I would suggest that 2 nights in Sepilok is too long unless you want to make multiple visits to the oran-utan sanctuary. Otherwise I would recommend our itinerary exactly.

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

I did feel that it benefited local people (especially in Abai) and supported conservation (visits to Seligan and Sepilok oran-utan sanctuary). I am not sure that overall it reduced environmental impacts (mainly due to the long flights to the destination).

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

Amazing. We were very fortunate with the wildlife we saw. The itinerary captured everything that we enjoy doing and so for us it was the perfect holiday!

review 1 Oct 2012

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

There were many great highlights. Climbing the Kinabalu mountain was a great achievement, Surviving the white water rafting was amazing but seeing an orangutan mother make a bed for the night was the highlight

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

Take a hat an gloves for the mountain, bring a minimum of clothing , make sure its outdoor type clothing that's easy to wash and hard wearing. Get fit before you go with lots of hill walking and be patient with the animals; they do happen

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

Yes, the office staff, air crews, guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff were all local. Reducing environmental impacts, so so; we did travel a lot. Supported conservation, yes. Without the tourists to sustain the parks they would be easy targets for logging etc

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

Fantastic ! Although it did take me 4 days of R&R to recover from the 1st 10 days. Everybody agreed it was unique and a wonderful experience

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