Hi, I’m Emma and I work on the Expeditions Team at Camps. This October I had the opportunity to go on Recce to Borneo. Having been to Kenya and Tanzania previously I was really excited to see the difference between Camps Africa and Camps Asia.
Whilst away, we visited a variety of our camps, including Camp Pituru, Camp Bongkud and Camp Batu Puteh (jungle camp!). I was set loose with a drone and managed to get some pretty cool footage of Camp Bongkud and the surrounding village!
We had one night in the jungle during the week, spending the night in a hammock. This took me completely out of my comfort zone and although it was challenging, hot and sweaty, I’m so glad I had the chance to do it. The sounds you hear in the jungle are amazing and we had the opportunity to go on a river safari, where we saw loads of monkeys!
Borneo is full of incredible wildlife and we visited Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. I love animals and seeing the orangutans and sun bears up close and personal was so cool! It’s really nice to see how well they’re cared for and the efforts to release as many as possible back into the wild when they’re ready.
On our last day, we headed over to an island for the morning. We went snorkelling and had a go in glass bottomed kayaks (safe to say my kayak abilities are poor at best!) Although I didn’t fulfil my lifelong wish to see a turtle in the wild, we did see some really cool tropical fish, including Nemo and Dory! There was also a massive monitor lizard at one end of the beach!
The food in Borneo is incredible! The best way I can think of to describe Malaysian food is that it’s quite similar to a Chinese takeaway, with lots of fried rice, noodles, rice, meat in sauces with vegetables, fresh fruit and did I mention RICE?!
I had the most incredible week in Borneo with the teachers, from sleeping in a hammock in the jungle to snorkelling and seeing Nemo and Dory hanging out together. Hopefully one day I’ll have the opportunity to go back, but until then here are my top tips for your expedition:
- Mosquito repellent – This is incredibly important! If you don’t apply mosquito repellent and cover up, particularly in the mornings and evenings.
- Drink LOTS of water – It is very hot in Borneo and you will sweat! It is so easy to get dehydrated so you should be aiming to drink at least 4L of water a day. If you don’t like the taste of water, you can buy super concentrated squeezy squash from most supermarkets to give it that extra flavour.
- You don’t need as many clothes as you think you do – you’ll be able to wash your clothes whilst away and the more clothes you take, the more you have to carry!