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BORNEO WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE SCHOOL TOUR

Malaysia / Borneo school tours are a fantastic opportunity for students studying biology, ecology, and environmental conservation, Borneo being home to some of the oldest living rainforests on earth, with a vast array of plants and the world’s rarest and most impressive wildlife. This educational tour in Malaysia / Borneo includes time at wildlife rehabilitation centers where students will observe orangutans and sun bears, jungle trekking to significant biological sites, and a tree planting program to assist with the regeneration of the rainforest. Beyond wilderness and wildlife, Australian war history is also a focus, with the chance to explore the poignant memorial at Sandakan.

Trip code : BRO3971T

Duration : 10 days

Destination : Malaysia

Travel Dates : As requested

  • Observe Orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Learn about the endangered Malayan Sun bear at Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Observe Proboscis Monkeys at Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary
  • Cruise on Katabatangan river and experience the richness of local wildlife
  • Participate in Tree Planting Project for the regeneration of the rainforest
  • Fun jungle trekking experiences
  • Visit Sandakan Memorial Park to learn about Australian involvement in the area during World War II
 

On arrival in Sandakan, the group will be welcomed and transferred to Sepilok

0800hrs pick up from hotel & depart for approximately 30 minutes to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. At this Centre, observe man’s closest relative “the Orang Utan” being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. Witness the feeding of Orang Utan at 1000hrs at the feeding platform and proceed to the Orang Utan Nursery.

Later, continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The Centre that managed to improve the living condition of the rescued sun bear and released their natural behaviours in the 2.5ha enclosed forest.

At 1100hrs, proceed to Sandakan jetty, schedule boat depart at 1200hrs, an hour boat ride to cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest.

Take your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. After lunch, cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife.

Arrive Sukau, check in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Late afternoon, river cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. Return lodge for dinner and overnight.

Wake up by the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Early morning, take a river trip to the Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river ambience. Return to the lodge for breakfast then free at own leisure.

After lunch, walk around; relax at the sun deck while reading your favorite book from the mini library and enjoying the river view. In the late afternoon, proceed to another river cruise to search for more wildlife. Return lodge for dinner and overnight.

 After lunch you will support the Tree Planting Programme, one of the conservation efforts in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. You will be transferred to the tree planting site, where each team member will plant a seedling near the river. This activity helps to regenerate the rainforest in one of the many 'gaps' or fragments along the river as part of the "Kinabatangan - Corridor of Life (CoL)" programme

Take a medium trek into the local rain forest to learn and expose to local fauna and flora. The trek offers a unique chance to glimpse a large amount of normally elusive species as they pass through this thin artery of forest that acts as a wildlife corridor for the animals to migrate between different areas.

After breakfast, transfer by boat back to Sandakan. . On arrival in Sukau, visit Australian War Memorial to pay tribute to those who died during the Sandakan death march, Borneo in 1945 during the Second World War, and learn about Australian involvement in the region.

Today, the group will be transfer to the airport for departure flight back to Australia

ITINERARY OPTIONS:

FIELD-TREK: Take your group closer to a range of specific subjects in a natural environment and create an adventurous, study-based experience that combines elements of our Adventure and Explorer trip. Our itinerary includes tree planting, jungle treks, wildlife safaris etc.

EXPLORER: Take your group on a fun and relaxes overseas trip to witness the local culture and history rarely seen at home. Including a little adventure or meaningful community projects. Our itineraries include cooking classes, war history, museums, nature experience, etc.

Ideal for ages 13-21

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED:

  • Good level of fitness
  • Strong interest in chosen subject
  • Engaging outdoor activities/learning
  • Keen to try local cuisine
  • Sense of adventure
  • Competent swimming ability

COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

These programs include: building houses, school rooms and kindergartens for communities. Other activities include visiting orphanages, children's hospitals and disability/rehabilitation centres.

DURING THE TOUR:

Our local English speaking tour guide and drivers are highly trained and experienced, with safety being their number one priority. Our staff are available 24/7 to provide any necessary support for your group. We guarantee students to always be located within the same area in hotels.

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

MALAYSIA

If you're visiting Malaysia for tourism, you can get a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 90 days. If you're visiting for business, volunteering, study or research – you may need to arrange a visa in advance.

If you violate your visa conditions or overstay your visa, you could face penalties including fines, detention and/or deportation.

·         Always check the dates on the visa stamp placed in your passport are correct.

·         Ensure you comply with immigration rules and regulations, including your visa conditions.

Foreigners need to provide biometric fingerprints of both thumbs and index fingers on arrival. Children under 12 years of age and visitors with finger disabilities are exempt from this procedure.

Malaysia regulates the import of prescription and non-prescription medication. You may need a letter from your doctor for some medications. Keep your medication in its original packaging.

Check the expiry date of your Australian passport before you travel. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. If you arrive with less than six months validity remaining on your passport, you could be denied entry and deported – even if you intended staying for just a few days.

Carry photo identification with you at all times. You'll need your passport to travel between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).

BORNEO

Australian passport holders visiting Malaysia for tourism can obtain a visa on arrival for stays of up to 90 days. If you violate your visa conditions or overstay your visa, you could face penalties including fines, detention and/or deportation. Always check the dates on the visa stamp placed in your passport are correct.

Foreigners need to provide biometric fingerprints of both thumbs and index fingers on arrival. Children under 12 years of age and visitors with finger disabilities are exempt from this procedure.  Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. If you arrive with less than six months validity remaining on your passport, you could be denied entry and deported – even if you intended staying for just a few days. Carry photo identification with you at all times. You'll need your passport to travel between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).

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