Borneo Community & Jungle Conservation
– Duration: 1 month –
The incredible Bornean jungle is the perfect setting for a true back-to-nature experience. On this 1 month programme you’ll have the chance to live and work alongside rural communities in the spectacular Sabah region of Borneo, with its rich culture, rare wildlife and ancient jungles.
Support community projects developed in partnership with local people and get stuck into vital reforestation work in this important wildlife haven.
Enjoy a river safari where you’ll have the chance to spot some incredible wildlife including pygmy elephants along the banks of the river. Embark on an adventurous night trek through the jungle and sling up your hammock to spend the night sleeping under the jungle canopy – a truly incredible experience. You’ll also get the rare opportunity to see orangutans and sun bears up close and learn about the conservation work taking place to protect these amazing animals.
This programme is designed to impact the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
The impact that you'll make
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.
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.
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
Signature dish: Sweet & Sour seafood dishes/BBQ
Social area: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games. Small community shop nearby
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
- 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
Signature dish: Local cakes – Linggang & Gelang
Day to Day
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.
Environmental work with PACOS Trust
Today will be spent with PACOS Trust, a local community-based organisation dedicated to supporting indigenous communities in the Sabah region of Borneo. Here we’ll have a cultural orientation and get involved in some volunteering at the Kivatu Nature Farm, before transferring back to KK for the night.
Head 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.
Community development projects
You’ll spend the next few days volunteering alongside the local community on projects that will provide local people with much-needed facilities, such as creating a water feed system for the village and constructing a play area for the kindergarten.
Chill out weekend
Weekends are the perfect time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Sabah has to offer.
Continue community projects
Get stuck back into your project work for the next few days.
Explore the vibrant town known as KK. There’s plenty of shops, restaurants and culture to enjoy over the two days you spend here.
Back to Camp Tinangol
Today we’ll leave KK and head back to camp.
Explore more of the incredible Sabah region with a visit to Kudat town and the fascinating gong making village. You will also have the chance to visit the very tip of Borneo and spend some time at the beach – BBQ included.
Complete community projects
Spend the next few days putting the finishing touches on the project work here before handing this back to the local community.
Into the jungle
Set off first thing this morning for the 7 hours transfer to the incredible jungle region of Batu Puteh. Spend your first night here in a homestay for a true taste of local life in the jungle.
Environmental project work and river safari
Our work at Batu Puteh focuses on reforestation and environmental protection. You’ll be getting involved in projects such as seed collection, forest restoration, and learning about forest types and ethnobotany.
You’ll also get the chance to spot incredible wildlife as you enjoy a river safari along Kinabatangan River. One evening, our guide will take you on a night walk through the jungle to our amazing rainforest camp where you’ll spend the night sleeping in a hammock beneath the jungle canopy – a truly incredible experience.
Orangutan & Bornean Sunbear Day
Today you’ll visit the Orangutan Sanctuary at Sepilok to explore the rainforest and see orangutans up close in their natural habitat. 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.
Last night in Kota Kinabalu
You’ll be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for your last night for a farewell dinner with your Camp Borneo team as you reflect on the amazing experiences and memories from the past month.
Say your final farewells before we head to the airport in time for your flight home.
Top up your trip
If you’d like to add in some extra adventure, we offer the opportunity to book some exciting add-ons which can be included within your trip duration or added on to the start or end of your journey. Speak to our team to find out more about how to add these awesome adventures to your programme.
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Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.