What we Offer:
This expedition features a bitesize
university-style ecology field trip
combined with a five day jungle trek
in the highlands of Borneo, finishing
with snorkelling or diving in the coral
reef seas off the east coast of Borneo.
Through our close relationship with the Cardiff University field research facility, Danau Girang Field Centre, Malaysian Borneo, our expeditions feature a succinct, 3–day ‘bitesize’ ecology field trip led by the amiable Field Centre manager, Dr Benoit Goossens.
Participants will learn about tropical rainforest ecosystems and conservation through a series of lectures, boat rides along the Kinabatangan River and interpretive walks. When available visiting scientists will be invited to give seminars on their own specialism.
In this jungle area of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary the ecology ‘course’ will be followed by a short acclimatization trek where participants will be taught campcraft skills in readiness for a 5-day trek in the most remote and pristine jungle clad highlands in Borneo.
The five day jungle trek begins by flying into Bario in the central highlands, where the climate is cooler. We will make our way adjacent to the huge and remote Kayan-Mentarang National Park in Kalimantan, from here there are numrous trekking options, in particular the climbing of Gunung (Mount) Murud at over 2400 metres.
Finally, we will snorkel (or if pre-arranged, dive) in one of the most pristine coral reefs in Southeast Asia, off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
All meet up. Welcome to Malaysian Borneo
Kota Kinabalu – Batu Puteh
Stay in the homestay of the Orang Sungai people
Batu Putih – Danau Girang Field Centre
Learning about the ecology of Borneo and the Kinabatangan floodplain
Day 4 and 5
Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
Campcraft and acclimatisation trek
Danau Girang Field Centre – Kota Kinabalu
Finish trek and travel to Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu – Bario (Kelabit Highlands)
Travel by internal flights
Bario – Bakalalan Trek over Gunung Murud
Commence 5-day trek through primary lower/upper montane rainforest
Bakalalan – Kota Kinabalu
Travel back to Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu - Semporna
Snorkelling/Diving in Semporna
Introduction to marine ecology and snorkelling
Return to Kota Kinabalu
We have a standard price for our expeditions, set at £1725 (incl. VAT) , this doesn't include flights between your home country and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. You will also need an extra £50 - £80 for some food costs in-country. Please note that travel insurance with search and rescue, repatriation and medical cover is a requirement.
Ecology Expeditions is a trading name of Eco-expeditions Ltd, a Spinout company from Bangor University in the UK, financially supported via a Welsh Assembly Government European KEF scholarship, and members of the Travel Trust Association (www.traveltrust.co.uk membership number U6199).
We are involved in university level education of ecological and conservation issues. Working with researching scientists, we hope to make current, up-to-date scientific knowledge more accessible to the general public.
By using the Danau Girang Field Centre on a regular basis we aim to be an important income stream for this facility which plays an important role in the conservation of the Kinabatangan River.
As much as possible we use local homestays, in the Kinabatangan River area and in area of the central highlands of Borneo. We also employ local registered guides and we work with local logistics agencies. We appreciate that the tiny communities in and around the jungle that we use should feel the benefit of our presence, if they don't then the relationship in the long run is effectively unsustainable.
We are very conscious of the detrimental effects of large groups moving and camping in the jungle. We limit our group size to 10 participants. We use existing and allocated camping areas as much as possible, and observe environmental guidelines when wild camping.