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BORNEO WILD HABITAT RESTORATION

View orangutan and pygmy elephants in their natural habitat

borneo wild habitat restorationThe lower Kinabatangan floodplains are abundant in wildlife, such as Orangutan, Pygmy elephants and Sun bears. You can spend time not just admiring this amazing landscape, but helping to protect it.

First, you will help in conducting wildlife population surveys. You will observe these endangered species in their natural environment. Moreover, learn about their life cycles and their interconnected biodiversity roles.

Borneo wild habitat restoration to connect forest canopy

Second, get ready to do some hands on work. Plant tree saplings in the jungle. Or do a spot of ‘weeding’ to maintain the young trees that have been planted by previous volunteers. This project is part of a wider regional initiative for Borneo wild habitat restoration.  It is very rewarding to witness the results of this long-term effort all around.

Additionally, you will get immersed in the local community, the gentle ‘People of the River’ (Orang Sungai in Malay): visiting them in their homes or buying and planting saplings from their nurseries. As a volunteer, you also contribute to environmental education for the school children in the village. You will gain a greater understanding about truly responsible tourism. So, make a personal impact at this Borneo wild habitat restoration project. Maybe push your own limits in the tropical rainforest landscape!

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VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:

♥ WILDLIFE OBSERVATION
♥ MONKEYS, ORANGUTAN, ELEPHANTS
♥ HABITAT RESTORATION
♥ COMMUNITY ENAGEMENT

 

From £650*or  € 756*

or Rm 3,530  for 7 days

INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND ALL ACTIVITIES
EXPERT JUNGLE GUIDE
MINIMUM AGE: 18 and over
MINIMUM NUMBER: ONE

Project activities

Wildlife Population Observation

You will spend a majority of time observing and recording local wildlife on a boat cruising along the main river and its tributaries within the wildlife sanctuary. The data you help collect will be used for the project’s population density surveys.

Habitat Restoration

This work involves tree-planting and maintenance activities at high priority areas. It involves generating saplings in the nursery and then planting, mulching, clearing invasive species and collecting data on tree growth. This is the most crucial activity in connecting fragmented forest in the area to encourage healthy orangutan and pygmy elephant populations.

Education Project & Community Development

Community and Education programmes involve interaction with the villagers and the students of the village school to promote conservation. You will be provided with a framework and the coordinator will guide you in the planning of this session.

Jungle Trekking

As an introduction to the flora and fauna of the rainforest, You will for a jungle trek to learn about the various aspects of the rainforest habitat and its resources for the inhabitants in terms of shelter, food and medicine.

Cultural Interaction & Community Impact

Contributing back to the community is a big part of this project. In order to give back to the community, most daily meals will be hosted in the private homes of individual villagers, which will not only provide them with some income, but it will also give you an insight into their lives and culture based around the river and the rainforest.

Trip Itinerary (7 days)

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome*
You will be welcomed at your arrival at Sandakan Airport by a team member. Welcome dinner & briefing.

Day 2-5: Project days
Transfer to Project Site at Sukau. Orientation followed by health and safety talk & tour of the village. Project work starts.

Day 6: Sepilok travels
Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre to reinforce what you have learned about the rainforest. After lunch, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Try to catch the sunset from the rooftop bar at Sandakan.

Day 7: Departure
Check out and transfer to Sandakan Airport. Suggested departure before 17.00 hrs.

*We also offer family packages for this trip. For more info, please enquire here.

Trip Itinerary (12 days)

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome*
You will be welcomed at your arrival at Sandakan Airport by a team member. Welcome dinner & briefing.

Day 2-10: Project days
Transfer to Project Site at Sukau. Orientation followed by health and safety talk & tour of the village. Project work starts.

Day 11: Sepilok travels
Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre to reinforce what you have learned about the rainforest. After lunch, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Try to catch the sunset from the rooftop bar at Sandakan.

Day 12: Departure
Check out and transfer to Sandakan Airport. Suggested departure before 17.00 hrs.

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START DATES:

This project operates all year round. Volunteers start on the 11th of each month for the 7 days trip, and the 21st of each month for the 12 days trips. Please contact us for queries regarding start dates.

MINIMUM AGE FOR THIS PROJECT: 18 years

borneo wild habitat restoration

PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS - DISCOUNTED 2020 PRICES

12 Days
RM5,788

Equivalent to:

£1,065*

€1,240*

$1,400*

All prices are in Rm Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), so please use the currency converter to know the exact price in your own currency.

Exchange Rate

Exchange Rate: MYR

Includes:

  • Accommodation & Food
  • All project activities
  • Conservation contribution to the project
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat and river transfers
  • Project’s t-shirt and an English-speaking project coordinator.

Excludes:

  • Flight fares
  • Travel insurance
  • Private transfers
  • Visa and Permit applications (Camera fees)
  • Vaccinations
  • Food/activities not included in the project
  • Personal travel on days off and personal incidentals

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Accommodation and Food

Accommodation is included, as well as meals on working days. Volunteers will be sharing rooms throughout the project timeline. While in Sukau, volunteers will stay at a B&B Village style with ensuite showers and toilets. Single rooms are subject to availability.

Food is an important part of Malaysian culture, as you will soon find out! Volunteers are also welcome to venture out to some of the delicious local restaurants to try traditional Malay dishes – sampling the local delicacies is an experience not to be missed!

Compulsory for all volunteers

  • You will need comprehensive insurance coverage and proof of insurance must be provided along with flight details.
  • Vaccinations – Please check with your medical practitioner on the required medication / vaccinations for the trip.

Further Details

Further details about getting to project base will be given during booking.

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Lower Kinabatangan

The Kinabatangan River (Sungai Kinabatangan) located in Sabah, Borneo, is the second-longest river in Malaysia. Every year, during the northeast monsoon period, the river swells rapidly and overflows its banks creating a huge forested alluvial floodplain.

While the forested lands around Kinabatangan have undergone a major transformation due to excessive logging and development of monoculture plantations since the 1950s, the original lowland forests and mangrove swamps near the coast remains largely untouched. As such, Kinabatangan still provides a variety of habitat for the local wildlife to flourish.

Hence, the area contains some of Borneo and Southeast Asia’s highest concentrations of wildlife from proboscis monkeys and orangutans to pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhinoceros. Also, Kinabatangan is known for its bird species, including the storm’s stork and 8 varieties of hornbill.

The Borneo Wildlife Safari (BWS)

BWS works with the local and international conservation organisations to balance the need of the people and the wildlife. Hence, BWS focuses on improving the lives of the local indigenous people (Orang Sungai) by offering an alternative income source through ecotourism, while educating and raising conservation awareness within the community. The project also supports the local wildlife by prioritising habitat restoration through its reforestation initiative. Over the past few years, BWS has seen impressive numbers of orangutans and pygmy elephants return to the area.

WILD ELEPHANT SAFARI

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