Camp Borneo 2 Months

For the ultimate Borneo experience, stay in all four of our camps, immersing yourself in the heart of each community. You will work on projects that make a measurable impact to each village. Get messy working hard on the construction of kindergartens to improve the level of education available to local children. Teach conversational English, arrange games and sports sessions to keep them active and engaged in their education. Make an impact on the fragile jungle ecosystem working on our reforestation and tree nursery projects that will help safeguard the future for Borneo’s endangered wildlife.

Snorkel, kayak, swim and get yourself up early to walk to the tip of Mantanani Island for the most impressive sunrise you’ve ever seen. See where your cup of tea starts life at Sabah tea plantation. Explore ancient buddhist temples and feel humbled at WW2 memorial of Sandakan. The bustling town on Kota Kinabalu is yours to enjoy some chill time, discover the shops, bars and restaurants of this vibrant cultural hub. No visit to Borneo would be complete without seeing the gracious orangutan in its natural surroundings. We’ll take you to Sepilok rehabilitation centre where you can see orphaned or previously captive orangutan in their beautiful jungle sanctuary.

Saying goodbye to the communities of Sabah won’t be easy. You will leave knowing that you have made a measurable impact on both their quality of life and Borneo’s fragile ecosystem.

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The impact you will make

01

Developing Community Amenities (Mantanani)

The small isolated community of Mantanani remains one of the poorest in the region with high levels of unemployment. Many families have set up homestay initiatives to generate income for their families. You’ll help by continuing the development of a purpose built office & reception to welcome guests and expand this initiative.

borneo expedition

activities include

  1. Digging foundations & laying bricks
  2. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  3. Installing bathroom facilities for visitor toilets
  4. Making furniture
02

Water Security & Kindergarten Development (Tinangol)

Tinangol and surrounding villages are unable to afford mains controlled water and so they’re solely reliant on pumping fresh water from the valley below and storing it through the year. The local kindergarten also needs refurbishing. You’ll help by improving the water systems in the village and constructing a play area for the kindergarten.

volunteer projects

activities include

  1. Digging trenches for water pipes
  2. Laying foundations for water tanks
  3. Levelling the ground
  4. Making play equipment
  5. Constructing fishpond
03

Habitat Conservation (Batu Puteh)

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.

re-forestation volunteer project

activities include

  1. Seed collection
  2. Tree planting
  3. Wildlife monitoring along the Kinabatangan river
04

Kindergarten Development (Bongkud)

Bongkud village has a small kindergarten that uses a small church building. However, the population of young children in the village is growing fast and the current kindergarten is becoming overcrowded. You’ll help by continuing the development of a purpose built kindergarten, providing a stimulating and safe environment where these young children can learn and play.

volunteer project

activities include

  1. Digging classroom foundations & laying bricks
  2. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  3. Making classroom furniture
  4. Creating a play area & landscaping
  5. Installing water storage tanks & associated piping
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What people say

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My second trip with Camps International - which shows how much I loved the 1st! My experiences have changed my outlook on life and helped to shape the person I am today. Amy – Borneo
theo smith
I have made life long friends whilst taking part in this as well as life changing experiences. I will hold this in my memory forever so join up! Theo – Borneo

Camp Mantanani

For those who love white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and their own remote tropical island (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), Mantanani might just be the perfect location.

The island lies about 80km north of Kota Kinabalu and is home to around 800 permanent residents. The surrounding coral reef and lagoon are home to juvenile turtles, rays, a variety of tropical fish and even the occasional dolphin passes by.

The camp itself is set right on the beach a little way from the main village where many of our community projects are based, allowing you to feel part of this amazing community for the time that you’re here.

Location: 80 km north of Kota Kinabalu. (around 1.5 hrs drive from KK to Kuala Abai Jetty, then 1 hr boat ride to Mantanani Island)

Accommodation: Beautiful open sided driftwood bunk houses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Asian style toilets, cold water showers & sinks

Power: Generator (between 18:00 – 06:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Intermittent

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, oats for breakfast; rice, beef stew/fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Stewed beef in soy sauce & pumpkin in coconut milk

If you’re feeling brave: Try Sambal Bellman (shrimp paste) or Kuih Tahai

Social: Beach, campfire, snorkelling, kayak, volleyball

 

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Camp Bongkud

Set in the shadows of the mighty Mount Kinabalu, Camp Bongkud is surrounded on all sides by lush picturesque scenery. It’s 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: 140 km (3-4 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 30 km from Kudat

Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Flushing toilets, cold water showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Yes

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, rice/noodles for breakfast; rice, chicken curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Banana fritters & steamed banana cake

If you’re feeling brave: Try Tuhau (wild ginger), Tuntul (river snails) or Butod (sago worm)!

Social: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games

 

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Camp Batu Puteh

Batu Puteh is all about getting back to nature! Our jungle camp is set in the heart of one of Borneo’s most ancient forests along the banks of the Kinabatangan river where you’ll get the chance to live alongside elephants and orangutans for an experience that’s hard to beat.

Our camp offers three types of accommodation and you’ll hopefully get a chance to try them all:

  • Jungle camp: Get back to basics and experience true adventure. Learn how to rough it in the jungle with local guides accompanying you and showing you the ropes. Sleep in a hammock and cook over a camp fire before falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the forest.
  • Eco camp: A little more luxury but still an exciting wilderness experience. This camp offers raised camping platforms where you can enjoy camping in the great outdoors.
  • Homestay: Live with one of the friendly local families in their home and experience what daily life is really like. Meet the children, eat the same meals together and sleep in a nice comfy bed!

Location: 350 km (6 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 60 km from Lahad Datu

Accommodation:

  • Jungle Camp: Hammock, tarpaulin & mosquito net. No toilet or washing facilities – completely back to nature!
  • Eco Camp: Tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, cold showers & sinks
  • Homestay: Guest room in family home for 2-3 volunteers with comfy beds and bedding

Power: Mains electricity in homestay only (British 3 pin power sockets). Gas lighting available in eco camp

Phone Signal: Intermittent

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice/noodles for breakfast; rice, curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Local cakes – Linggang & Gelang

If you’re feeling brave: Try a fern salad!

Social: River cruise available, chilling area, camp shop, jungle treks

 

camp batu puteh

Camp Tinangol

This charming camp is situated just beyond the rural Rungus community of the same name and is in keeping with the rest of the village, giving you a really authentic experience and immersing you fully in the local culture. In no time at all this will feel like your home away from home and the hospitality and friendliness of the locals will make you not want to leave!

Each longhouse has a corridor running the length of the structure. On one side there is communal space for chilling out and socialising, on the other side are sleeping rooms. Traditionally entire families would live in a single longhouse that may be up to 100 ft long.

Location: 140 km (3 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 15 km from Ranau

Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Flushing toilets, cold water showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity. British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Yes

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, rice/noodles for breakfast; rice, sweet & sour fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Sweet & Sour seafood dishes/BBQ

If you’re feeling brave: Try bee larvae or Parson’s nose satay!

Social: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games. Small community shop nearby

 

camp tinangol

Camp legends

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Local camps crew

Eve

Manager at Camp Bongkud, she might be small, but Eve is a force to be reckoned with. Super organised and tons of fun, she’ll get you addicted to coconut jam and dancing in true Sabahan style.

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Day to day - Sample itinerary

Day 01

Welcome to Borneo

Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, where you will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Borneo team and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Here you will meet our Country Manager who will run an arrival briefing for you and your group before your welcome dinner.

Day 02

Welcome to Camp Mantanani

After a much needed sleep and a good breakfast, you will be transferred to the paradise island of Mantanani by boat. Meet the Camp Mantanani team, including your Camp Manager, who will give you a tour of the island. You will also have an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new beach style longhouse home.

Day 03-08

Project work

Spend the next few days volunteering alongside the island communities. This is your chance to get stuck in to some valuable initiatives such as helping to build community ablutions, teaching basic English to primary age children, working on our marine conservation & awareness programme and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.

Day 09-10

Chill weekend

What better place to spend a relaxing weekend. Kayak, snorkel, sunbathe, watch the most amazing sunrise and sunsets you’ve ever seen.

Day 11-14

Project work

Get stuck back into project work.

Day 15

Kota Kinabalu

Explore the vibrant town known as KK. Check out the shops and culture. You’ll spend your last night in a hostel in KK, there’s plenty of bars and restaurants.

Day 16

Welcome to Camp Bongkud

Upon arrival you will meet our Camp Bongkud staff, including your Camp Manager who will show you around. You will also be given an overview of what your time here will involve.

Day 17-18

Chill out weekend

A well deserved weekend off and a perfect time to enjoy the hot spring pools at Poring Hot Springs. You will also be taken on a tour of a tea plantation and Kundasang WW2 memorial.

Day 19-22

Project work

Spend 7 days working on community projects which include the building of a kindergarten.

Day 23-24

Chill out weekend

Explore your amazing surroundings.

Day 25-27

Project work

Get stuck back in to project work.

Day 28

Kota Kinabalu

We’ll transfer you to KK, you’ll stay overnight in a hostel. Enjoy a local meal and drinks.

Day 29

Welcome to Camp Tinangol

After a much needed sleep and a good breakfast, we will transfer you to Camp Tinangol. Our Camp Manager will show you around and give you an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new traditional longhouse home.

Day 30-34

Chill out and explore

Time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Sabah has to offer. You will also have the chance to spend some time at the beach – BBQ included.

Day 35-39

Project work

Volunteering alongside the local community on projects such as creating a water feed system for the village, helping with the building of the market place for the locals, teaching basic English to primary age children, working at our permaculture garden and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.

Day 40-41

Chill out weekend

A well deserved break from project work.

Day 42-46

Project work

Get stuck back into project work at Camp Tinangol.

Day 47

Kota Kinabalu

Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu city for an overnight stay and some free time to explore the culture and buzz around KK.

Day 48

Kota Kinabalu

Chill out in KK, shops, restaurants, bars, there’s lots to see.

Day 49

Welcome back to Camp Tinangol

Leave the city and transfer back to camp.

Day 50-52

Project work

Spend another 3 days on projects before saying your goodbyes to the Tinangol community.

Day 53

Welcome to Camp Batuh Puteh

You will be transferred to our incredible jungle camp at Batu Puteh.

Day 54

Jungle exploration

You will be taken for an early morning river safari along the Kinabatangan River where you will see the incredible wildlife. You will participate in a vital environmental project, helping to reforest areas where the jungle has been destroyed.

Day 55

Tree nursery project & night walk

You will be collecting the seed from the mother trees in the jungle and taking them back to the nursery. After dinner, a member of our team will take you for a night walk, followed by a night in our jungle camp in a hammock

Day 56

Forest restoration project

Planting trees to continue the wildlife corridor conservation project.

Day 57

Orangutan & Sun Bear Day

You will visit the Orangutan Sanctuary at Sepilok where you have the chance to explore the rainforest and see the orangutan up close. After lunch we’ll 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.

Day 58

Kota Kinabalu

We’ll transfer you to KK for a farewell dinner with your team. Overnight stay in KK.

Day 59

Departure day

Say your goodbyes and we will take you to the airport for your flight.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
Pre-travel support from dedicated UK team
In-country support from dedicated local team
In-country airport & activity transfers
All project costs & materials
Orientation & language lessons
24-hour emergency support
Camps t-shirt

 

Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.

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