This 10-day trip will will show you the magic of Borneo with it’s fantastic traditions, diverse cultures and incredible wildlife. Borneo is a great place to bring the family and truly has something for everyone.
Arriving into Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will head out to the rural village of Kipouvo approximately 20km east of the city. Even though it is only about a 45 minute drive, it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, in a small beautiful valley in the foothills of the Crocker Range National Park. Here you will live with a local family in their basic but comfortable house. The house is within the community itself and therefore you will be within the village right from the start. Here you will learn some basic Malay phrases, visit the local medicine garden, learn how to tap a rubber tree, trek to a local waterfall and even try your hand at the local handicrafts.
On day 5 take a short flight over to the eastern side of Sabah to the village of Batu Puteh. Here on the banks of the mighty Kinabatangan River you will stay in an eco-camp in the rainforest; a beautiful setting right next to a huge ox-bow lake. Activities here will range from helping out with reforestation by collecting seeds, planting seeds in the nursery and planting trees, plus wildlife observation cruises to see Proboscis monkeys, Macaques, Hornbills, Pygmy elephants and even crocodiles – don’t worry, they’re vegetarian!
On day 8 you will leave Batu Puteh and head to Sandakan where you will visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in time for feeding. This is a rare opportunity to see these endangered animals where they are free to roam in the surrounding jungle but can be enticed to the central platform by a tasty banana at feeding time. There is also a chance to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre and experience the impressive canopy walk to view the jungle from above, perfect for anyone with an interest in birds. After a night at the Forest Edge Resort you’ll fly back to KK for a final night where there’s a chance to explore the souvenir markets or treat yourself to some pampering at one of the many local spas.
How you are making a difference
Your family’s participation on this trip provides an invaluable contribution to the community, the environment and the wildlife in the regions we work. Over the last 5 years we have worked in close partnership with both the Kipouvo Community and the Batu Puteh community. In Kipouvo we have built a homestay and helped the community to build their eco-tourism programme including creating a medicine garden, nature trail and taken part in many handicraft workshops where villagers are paid to pass on their incredible skills. In Batu Puteh we have been involved in a massive reforestation project to reforest vast swathes of land next to the mighty Kinabatangan River - home to wild Orangutans, Hornbills, Proboscis Monkeys and even Elephants.