BORNEO EXPEDITION

The World Challenge advisory for teams traveling to Borneo can be found here.

Enjoy spectacular trekking in a variety of stunning locations on a Borneo expedition. Explore the lush green jungle in some of the world’s oldest rainforest or tackle the summit of Mt Kinabalu! Assist in both community projects and conservation initiatives. Relax by the stunning coastline and experience the unique and diverse Malaysian culture.

Borneo is located in the South China Sea and supports a profusion of plant and animal life. Teams travel through the states of Sarawak and Sabah, located in the northern half of the island and make up East Malaysia.

A Borneo expedition is suited for fit teams who are seeking more adventurous trekking in reasonably tough conditions. Not a school trip destination for the faint hearted!

BORNEO EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Borneo expedition:

Acclimatisation

Niah Caves National Park

After spending your first day in Miri, you will be heading out to the Niah Caves National Park. You guide yourselves around the park, so it’s up to you to decide which trails you would like to tackle. The park’s main trail meanders its way through the beautiful limestone cave system and concludes at the ‘Painted Cave’, home to ancient cave paintings, as well as archaeological dig-sites where some of the earliest evidence of human habitation in all of South East Asia was discovered.

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Community Project

Making a Difference

Teams can participate in a number of valuable projects. These include working at a learning centre for children with disabilities, helping the Forestry Commission with reforestation programmes to protect the flora and fauna of Borneo’s rainforests, and working alongside local villagers.

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Project Summary

We have been working with Tampat Do Aman since 2011 when the project host, Howard, had only just set up in this area of Borneo. Since 2011, we have sent five teams to Tampat Do Aman and have successfully helped Howard and his local staff renovate the local community centre and construct a children’s playground.

Last year, World Challenge sent 45 teams to 14 different project sites in Borneo. These teams’ achievements include renovating classrooms and toilet blocks, building a children’s playground and repairing broken water pipes in 5 villages.

Trekking

Get into the jungle or tackle Mt Kinabalu

Nature adventure aficionados will be enticed by the allure of Sabah and Sarawak’s richly blessed lush virgin jungles. Treks typically last between 4-6 days and provide you with an amazing opportunity to spend time with experienced local guides and learn how to fend for yourselves whilst you’re “in the trees”. If the rainforest views aren’t exciting enough for you then why not combine jungle trekking with the added challenge of reaching the 4095m high summit of Mt Kinabalu.

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Wild Borneo: It’s a Jungle Out There

There are a variety of areas you can choose from in which to complete your jungle trek. Venture into the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak or into the lush green Crocker Range in Sabah, travelling through some of the planet’s oldest rainforest and passing through local villages.

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Roof of Borneo: Mt Kinabalu

The summit of Mt Kinabalu, Low’s Peak, stands at 4,095m and towers over Borneo’s northern state of Sabah. Embark on a 2-day trek to the summit of one of South-East Asia’s highest mountains and be awe-struck by the stunning panoramic views from the ‘Roof of Borneo’.

Rest & Relaxation

Hang Out with Orangutans!

Get up close and personal with the Orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, shop for souvenirs at the numerous buzzing night markets, experience the Sarawak Cultural Village, or simply relax on an island beach off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

More adventurous teams may choose to go white-water rafting, enjoying the thrill of navigating through the rapids!

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Borneo Expedition Factfile

  • Borneo, Malaysia, South East Asia
  • Population: 6 million.
  • Languages spoken: Bahasa Malay, English and many local dialects.
  • Time zone: GMT +8.
  • Terrain: Coast, jungle, mountains, rainforest.
  • When can I travel there?: Expeditions possible all year round. (Trekking may be restricted in some areas during the rainy season Oct-Feb)
  • Climate: Borneo averages year-round temperatures of between 27°-32°C, with a relative humidity of around 80% for much of the year. Rain occurs throughout the year usually in the form of afternoon showers. There is an rainy season from Oct-Feb.
  • Expedition Physical Rating: Moderate.
  • Expedition Duration: 28 days.
  • Culture Shock: Medium.
  • Typical accommodation: Guest houses, homestays, hostels and hammocks.
  • Altitude: Up to 3500m.
  • Ideal for: Fit teams wanting an exciting range of experiences.

Things to Know

  • The local jungle guides have a wealth of knowledge. Ask them to show you some of their jungle skills.
  • When trekking through the jungle ‘Do as the locals do’.
  • Borneo is the World’s third largest island and one of very few destinations on earth where you can see the orangutan in its natural habitat!
  • The practice was outlawed in the 20th century, but Borneo was once known for its headhunters, who would take the heads of enemies when the community was suffering a plague.
  • Borneo boasts a huge biodiversity including mountains, rainforest, mangroves and beaches and many endemic species including the proboscis monkey with their long comical noses.
  • Towering up to 4095m above sea level, Mt Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia.

In-Country Agent

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Sampson Bala Palaba

Sampson has been working for World Challenge since 2000. He speaks English and several other local Malaysian dialects, and this has allowed him to travel and work all around the world. Sampson also works as an Offshore Logistics Superintendent for Shell.

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Sylvia Joseph

Sylvia is the main contact for teams at Asia Ability, our In country agent partners in Sabah. World Challenge has been working with Asia Ability since 2000, which means they have a vast amount of experience with World Challenge teams and are able to aid teams with anything they may require in Borneo.

Combine With

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Borneo & Peninsular Malaysia

Discover two of South East Asia’s most spectacular destinations; Peninsular Malaysia and the island of Malaysian Borneo. Experience the excitement of trekking through the jungle, participate in some brilliant community and/or conservation based projects, visit the orangutans in Borneo or visit the magical Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. Wherever you are you will experience the unique and diverse Malaysian culture and receive a very warm welcome! Click here for more information on Malaysia.

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BORNEO!

Click here to contact us or
call 1300 728 568.

EXPEDITION PHASES

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:
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Acclimatisation
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Project
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Rest & Relaxation

NEW TO WORLD CHALLENGE?

Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane. With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of:

  • Destination and itinerary planning
  • Fundraising ideas and events
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Preparation, fitness and nutrition
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