Camp Borneo Community & Climate Change 1 Month
Rich culture, delicious food, rare wildlife, warm people, ancient jungles and pristine beaches. The state of Sabah, may be small, but it certainly packs a punch. Live and work alongside rural communities and become part of the culture. We listen to the needs of the community to ensure that you work on projects that are really needed. Help improve the local kindergarten, secure fresh water supplies or build a new longhouse for a family in the local village. Borneo’s fragile forests are under threat from deforestation. You can become part of the solution working on our tree planting projects.
Head out into the dense jungle for a night trek with our knowledgeable guides before jumping into your hammock for a night in the jungle. Enjoy a beach BBQ and explore the vibrant town of Kota Kinabalu at the weekends. Of course a trip to Borneo wouldn’t be complete without getting to observe the island’s most famous primate, the orangutan. We’ll take you to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you can get up close to these amazing creatures and support the incredible work they do. You’ll make a measurable impact during your time in Borneo, improving the living standards of the communities that you’ll live and work alongside, becoming a global citizen in the process.
The impact you will 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.
- Digging trenches for water pipes
- Laying foundations for water tanks
- Levelling the ground
- Making play equipment
- Constructing fishpond
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.
- Seed collection
- Tree planting
- Wildlife monitoring along the Kinabatangan river
What people say
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 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
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
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.
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 have an arrival briefing before your welcome dinner.
PACOS Trust Day
Today will be spent with PACOS Trust, a local community-based organisation dedicated towards supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. 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.
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.
You’ll spend the next few days 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.
Chill out weekend
Weekends are the perfect time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Sabah has to offer.
Back to projects
Get stuck back into your project work.
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
Travel back to return to Camp Tinangol.
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.
Continue working on projects at Tinangol, working alongside the local community to improve facilities in the area.
Welcome to Batu Puteh
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.
Project work & activities
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
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.
Back to Kota Kinabalu
You’ll be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for last night for a farewell dinner with your Camp Borneo team.
We’ll say our goodbyes and get you to the airport for your flight.
This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.
Top up your trip
Add some extra adventure to your time in Borneo. All of our top ups are bookable through our friendly travel advisors.
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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.