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S T H G I N 28 O E N R O B N I BORNEO 28 NIGHT ITINERARY

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KOTA KINABALU

BRUNEI

SEPILOK KINABATANGAN

KELABIT HIGHLANDS NIAH CAVES

BORNEO

BAKO N.P KUCHING

KALIMANTAN We believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. They allow us to see ourselves, others and the world differently, and develop our confidence, independence and resilience.

28 NIGHT EXPEDITION BORNEO SAMPLE ONLY Explore steamy jungles, meet orangutans and carry out conservation work in a remote part of Borneo. With you and your team in charge of the budget and planning, this once-in-a-lifetime experience proves just how much you’re capable of. It could change the way you see yourself and the world, forever.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE IN KUCHING Sleep: Hostel

Touch down in Kuching – the capital of Sarawak. Feel the heat as you step off the aeroplane, then collect your expedition budget and divide your Malaysian ringgits between the group. Get your bearings on a stroll to Kuching’s historic waterfront, where sampan water taxis glide by. Next, head out to navigate the alleys of Chinatown, visit heritage shophouses, and buy satay sticks in the night market. Discuss your plans with the ground team and book your accommodation

DAYS 2-4 TREK BAKO NATIONAL PARK Sleep: Lodges Travel: Bus 2hrs + boat to Bako Trek: 3 days

for the next few days. You’ve also got time to take a bus to a local beach, or go exploring on bikes or kayaks – it’s up to you, so get together as a team and plan something awesome.

TRAVELLING RESPONSIBLY IN THESE FIRST FEW DAYS, YOU’LL TAKE PART IN A RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL WORKSHOP THAT HELPS YOU TO TRAVEL AND INTERACT IN AN ETHICAL WAY. APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN AND YOU’LL DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE MINDSET THAT YOU CAN CARRY THROUGH LIFE.

Buy food supplies in Kuching and shop around to get the best deal on a bus fare, then travel local-style to Bako – a jaw-dropping national park that teems with wildlife. Take on the role of team leader for the day and follow the trail network through 12 different ecosystems. This park has everything from mangroves and peat swamp to grassland and beaches. As you venture deeper, listen for macaques, wild boar and big-nosed proboscis monkeys, which are only found in Borneo.

WILDLIFE WONDERS

BAKO IS HOME TO ALMOST EVERY TYPE OF PLANT LIFE FOUND IN BORNEO. IT’S A HAVEN FOR MONITOR LIZARDS, TARSIERS, BORNEAN BEARDED PIGS, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE.

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DAYS 5-7 CHILL TIME IN KUCHING Sleep: Hostel Travel: Bus 2hrs + boat to Kuching, bus/boat 3hrs to Bintulu

DAYS 8-10 TREK NIAH NATIONAL PARK Sleep: Lodges, hostels Travel: Bus 1hr to Niah, bus 2hrs to Miri Trek: 2 days

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Back in Kuching, give yourselves some chill-out time. There are gorgeous sandy beaches a short bus ride from the city, and you can learn about Borneo’s tribal history at the Sarawak Cultural Village. This multicultural city is famous for its cuisine, so take your ringgits to the street stalls and taste some of the best food in Malaysia. Look forward to Chinese noodle soups, Sarawak salads and barbecued meats.

Aching for adventure? Arrange a cycling tour to local heritage sites, or book a kayaking trip along an untouched tributary of the Sarawak River. Next, you’ll be travelling to the coastal town of Bintulu, so plan your boat and bus transport in advance. As you journey through lush landscapes and rural villages, you’ll get a real taste of authentic Borneo life.

Check the bus timetables and travel local-style from Bintulu to Niah National Park. Some of the oldest human remains in Southeast Asia have been discovered in the caves here. Choose a team leader, take a boat across the river and navigate through swampy forest to the gaping mouth of the Great Cave network. Step inside and sweep your flashlight over prehistoric paintings and hanging bats. If you switch off your light, you’ll be standing in total darkness. It’s an easy journey from Niah to the welcoming city of Miri. With lots of amenities, Miri is a perfect place to do some laundry and restock your supplies. Hit the markets to buy food for the week ahead, then visit the street stalls for coconut pancakes.

SKULLS AND DEATH ships

IN 1957, ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN NIAH MADE A

MIND-BLOWING DISCOVERY. A 40,000-YEAROLD HUMAN SKULL, CAVE PAINTINGS AND CANOE-LIKE COFFINS (CALLED ‘DEATH SHIPS’) REVEALED THE STORY OF THE EARLIEST HUMANS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

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DAYS 11-16 TREK THE KELABIT HIGHLANDS Sleep: Longhouses, hammocks Travel: Fly 1hr to Bario Trek: 4 days

DAYS 17-18 EXPERIENCE KK Sleep: Hostels Travel: 4x4 + bus 7hrs to KK

DAYS 19-23 KINABATANGAN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Sleep: Eco-lodges Travel: Bus 7hrs to Batu Puteh

Fly to the far-flung jungle town of Bario on a tiny twin-otter aircraft – the views from the windows will blow your mind. Arrive in the Kelabit Highlands – a stunning valley, surrounded by jungle-clad mountains.

in traditional longhouses, you’ll need to string up a hammock and set up a jungle camp. Before you fall asleep, look up at the night sky – you’ve never seen stars like it.

For the next few days you’ll be trekking in the rainforest, carrying your own gear. No one said it was going to be easy but you’ve trained for this. You’re ready. Food and sleep are your fuel, so fireup your stove and take on the role of team chef. When you’re not sleeping

Gather the team gear and say a fond farewell to Bario. It’s time to head to Sabah. You’ll be flying via Miri, so look out of the window for awesome views over the jungles, cities and villages you’ve experienced in the past few weeks. Touch down in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Also known as KK, Kota Kinabalu is famous for its fiery sunsets, friendly locals and busy fishing industry. Acclimatise to KK’s tropical heat as you explore the

Travel from KK to Batu Puteh and Tungong Lake. On the fringe of this pristine ecosystem, you’ll join an ecocamp that reveals the magical life of the rainforest. Get involved with forest and lake conservation projects, working alongside the locals. Typical projects include orangutan habitat work, like tree planting. You could also help with wildlife tracking and setting up camera traps.

historic old town. Later, watch the sun set over offshore islands, and head to the night market for Malay dishes and Indian curries.

Sabah and SARAWAK NORTHERN BORNEO INCLUDES THE TWO MALAYSIAN STATES OF SABAH AND SARAWAK. TO TRULY APPRECIATE BORNEO’S AMAZING LANDSCAPES, EXPERIENCING BOTH IS ESSENTIAL..

the world that’s inhabited by ten species of primate. Look for proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, orangutans and macaques. You could also spot elephants, tortoises, crocodiles and much, much more.

You’ll experience magical dusk and dawn safaris along the Kinabatangan River – one of only two areas in

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DAYS 24-25 MEET ORANGUTANS IN SEPILOK Sleep: Hostels Travel: Bus 1hr to Sepilok

Nothing quite prepares you for Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC). It’s of the few places in the world where you can see orangutans in the wild. SORC cares for injured orangutans, and teaches this endangered species how to survive in the rainforest. Do your research and plan your visit for feeding time – it’s your best chance of seeing them up close. Near to SORC, you could also add the Rainforest Discovery Centre and the world’s only sun bear conservation centre to your itinerary. Visit both, and you’ll get a real insight into Borneo’s amazing natural diversity and the threats it faces.

DAYS 26-28 CHILL TIME IN KK Sleep: Hostels Travel: Bus 6hrs to KK

Spend your last few days back in KK. Join the locals at the night market to haggle for souvenirs, and feast on your favourite Malay dishes. If you’ve managed the expedition budget wisely, you’ll have enough ringgits left for a trip to the Tunku Abdul Rahmen islands. A short boat trip from KK, these five jungly islands have shimmering sands, coral reefs and crystal clear waters for snorkelling.

OLD MAN OF THE FOREST ‘ORANGUTAN’ MEANS ‘MAN OF THE FOREST’ IN MALAY. THESE ENDANGERED GREAT APES CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN THE RAINFORESTS OF BORNEO AND NEIGHBOURING SUMATRA.

You’ll have grown as an individual but you couldn’t have done it without your team. Celebrate everything you’ve achieved together with a final group meal.

Kick back on a paradise beach, and reflect on everything you’ve experienced in the past four weeks.

DAY 29 TRAVEL HOME FROM KK

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Before you know it, it’ll be time to travel home. Cram everything into your backpack one last time, and head to the airport. When the aeroplane takes off, look down on the jungles you explored, the people you met and the mountains

you conquered. These experiences will shape who you are and change the way you see the world from now on. It doesn’t stop here. Share your story with challengers from around the globe and continue the story at @weworldchallenge

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL. We base our responsible travel initiatives upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’re driven to create positive contributions in the world, but also humble enough to know the types of community initiatives our young travellers should and shouldn’t be involved with. We carefully select all community engagements to be appropriate for young people and after more than 30 years of overseas student travel we’ve established strong and long standing relationships

with our overseas community partners that are evaluated each year to ensure we’re truly serving both people and planet. This holistic approach means our young travellers work towards a community initiative while also coming home with greater humility and sense of place in their world. Below are a list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we’re positively contributing towards.

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