March 5, 2016
Written By Leonardo Gubinelli
Conquer Mt Kinabalu, witness Orangutan in the wild, hop on a river safari, involve yourself in rebuilding homes for local tribes, and fall sleep to the sounds of the rainforest.
This is the kind of adventure that beats you with one hand and soothes you with the other. The climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, peaking at 13,435 ft. will test your strength, spirit and sometimes even your sanity. But rest assured, the view at sunrise will reside in your memory long after the bites and bruises have disappeared. The wildlife in Borneo is as exotic as it is wild. We will take you to the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre to meet the Pongo Pygmaeus, which is the species of Orangutan native to the island. You’ll observe them during their happiest – feeding time – but also learn about the dangers they face from deforestation, palm oil plantations and hunters.
This centre is world famous, and seeing how lovingly these animals are cared for gives hope for the sustainability of their future. Hope is a central part of this Borneo adventure. You will experience that first-hand as we join Habitat for Humanity in a dynamic community project to build homes for local tribes in Borneo.
No great adventure is complete without time to reflect, and Borneo offers plenty of opportunity for that. This experience also allows you to sit back as we take the reins, taking you on a leisurely river safari down the Kinabatangan River to Sukau. Spot proboscis monkeys, wild orangutans, hornbills in flight, and if you’re lucky, get close to the elusive pygmy elephants of the island. Rest and relax at a wonderful award-winning eco-lodge on the banks of the great river with the ancient rainforest of Borneo as your backyard.
You will stay at a 4 star hotel in Kota Kinabalu. In Kinabatangan, you will sleep in the award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah’s longest river. And at the project, you will be staying at Horizon Hotel.
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