Experience the diversity of Borneo’s changing landscapes as you travel from the village of Bongkud to the Bornean jungle where you will spending time exploring the wonders it has to offer (hopefully spotting an orangutan or two).

  • Location
    Borneo, Asia
  • Duration
    1 week
  • Expedition Type

Experience the diversity of Borneo’s changing landscapes as you travel from the village of Bongkud to the Bornean jungle where you will spending time exploring the wonders it has to offer (hopefully spotting an orangutan or two). Immerse yourself in the local culture as you work alongside the local community on vital projects – learning an abundance of new skills and making life long friends.

Borneo Impact Expedition

A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

Note: Travel insurance is excluded if departure airport is not DXB or AUH

  • Local Leader
  • All meals
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers mentioned are in private vehicles
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

*Flights, Travel Insurance and Expedition Leader are excluded from this trip. However should you wish to include them, then we can quote accordingly.

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive at Kota Kinabalu Fly into Kota Kinabalu International Airport where you’ll be met by one of our friendly Camps crew who will travel with you to our flagship camp – Camp Bongkud.
When you reach camp, you will be greeted by the team and the Camp Manager. You will have the opportunity to settle into your accommodation (a traditional longhouse) before an expedition briefing and a village tour.
The evening will be spent enjoying a traditional Bornean dinner and a cultural performance by the local villagers.
Day 2 Sunrise Walk Today you will have an early start as you take a walk up Bongkud hill to enjoy a spectacular sunrise across the surrounding countryside, before heading back down to enjoy breakfast and a cooking lesson. In the afternoon you will get stuck into some vital project work. After a good day you will be able to unwind and play some friendly sports matches against the local community children.
Day 3 Community project work After a good night’s sleep, you’ll head over to the project site to continue your work. When you return to camp, you will get a chance to pack up in preparation for leaving to go to the jungle region. Reflect on the day’s activities and enjoy a farewell dinner with the Camps Crew.
Day 4 Transfer to Batu Puteh Set off early to the jungle region of Batu Puteh. Here you will be met by the team at KOPEL – a local environmental organisation – who will explain the projects that you will be involved with over the next few days. In the afternoon you will travel along the Kinabatangan river to our jungle camp where you will enjoy a night safari before spending the night sleeping in hammocks under the stars.
Day 5 Forest Regeneration Today, you will be getting involved in vital forest regeneration work such as seed collection, forest restoration and learning about ethnobotany.
Day 6 Orangutans and sun bears Today you leave the Hammock Jungle Camp and head to Sepilok to visit the Orangutan Sanctuary and explore the rainforest seeing orangutans up close and personal in their natural habitat. We’ll also take you to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre – the only one of its kind in the world – where you can learn about the conservation work taking place to protect these unique bears.You will then return to Kota Kinabalu, where (time permitting) you will have a chance to explore the local souvenir markets before enjoying dinner in the town.
Day 7 Departure Time to say your goodbyes to the Camps crew before being transferred back to the airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

Village enhancement projects

Borneo – Village enhancement projects

You’ll get involved in a number of projects to improve facilities for the rapidly growing population of Bongkud. Projects may include constructing a youth centre, improving the drainage system to ensure cleaner and healthier living and establishing a community farming programme to improve food security and encourage self-sufficiency within the village, without needing to transport supplies from larger towns.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Habitat conservation

Borneo – Habitat conservation

Batu Puteh is an incredible haven for a large majority of Borneo’s wildlife including orangutans, elephants and proboscis monkeys, and is one of the world’s most important natural habitats. However, it’s also one of the most threatened. You’ll get involved in activities to help safeguard this wildlife paradise for future generations by helping to tackle deforestation.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Bongkud

Set in the shadows of the mighty Mount Kinabalu, Camp Bongkud is surrounded on all sides by lush picturesque scenery. Its hillside location gives it a pleasant breezy climate which makes it the ideal hillside retreat after a hard day’s project work.

Being in the heart of the village also has its advantages; all your project sites are only a short walk away and you can challenge the locals to a friendly game of volleyball on the community court during your downtime.

  • Location: 127 km (3-3.5 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 160 km from Kudat
  • Accommodation style: Traditional longhouses
  • Bed type: Comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net.
  • Toilets: Flushing toilets,
  • Showers: Cold water showers & sinks
  • Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games
  • Signature dish: Banana fritters & steamed banana cake
Camp Bongkud

The highlight of my trip to Borneo was engaging in meaningful project work and experiencing the village culture. Getting to know not only the members of my team but all the helpers and village people as well.

Natalya, Camp Borneo 2019

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.


As a Camps traveller, you’ll get to learn about our rich Bornean culture and experience its spectacular beauty – from mountains to coasts and jungles full of flora and fauna. Many people in rural villages in Sabah don’t have the opportunity to travel to other countries, so having travellers come to stay at camp is an amazing opportunity for cultural exchange (both ways!) and inspires the younger generations to study hard and see the world.

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