Borneo Wildlife Safari BWS12 ~ Ape Malaysia

Live the mystery of the Bornean rainforest when you participate in this programme located along the Lower Kinabatangan River. This wildlife sanctuary is home to singing gibbons, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears, hornbills and the pygmy elephant as well as a host of other rarely seen wildlife. The main part of the programme will be in Sukau village and you will live among the gentle Orang Sungai or 'People of the River' learning their ways of life and joining them in their homes for meals. You will contribute significantly towards habitat restoration work by planting trees and maintain planting sites important for orangutan and pygmy elephant.

Programme Objectives

  • Carry out habitat restoration at the Lower Kinabatangan floodplains where flora and fauna are abundant but threatened by diminishing habitat;
  • Conduct wildlife population density data gathering under the auspices of the Sabah Government;
  • Observe and appreciate the orang-utans, pygmy elephants and other endangered species, understand their life cycles and the intricate biodiversity roles;
  • Work with the local community and students in conservation;
  • Raise awareness on responsible living and travelling among tourists, local community and students;
  • Understand the threats to habitat and wildlife and to make a personal impact, bringing positive change.
  • Note: Programmes are subject to change depending on community and/or school calendar.

Note: Programmes are subject to change depending on community and/or school calendar.

Project Site

This project takes place in a little village within a beautiful wildlife sanctuary along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

You will live within the community of the village, dine with the gentle Orang Sungai or "People of the River" and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest. You will help in the restoration of wildlife habitat and contribute towards the environmental education of the local school children while on this programme.

The entry point to the Lower Kinabatangan is the quaint town of Sandakan, approximately 30 minutes by flight and 6-8 hours overland from Kota Kinabalu, state capital of Sabah. You can also get direct flights into Sandakan from Kuala Lumpur.

Programme Details Expected Programme Activities
Number of days Programme Location(s) Internal Flight Requirement Wildlife Observation Working With Animals Tree Planting Community Interaction Education
12 Sabah ~ N/A ~ Y ~ N/A ~ Y Y Y
N/A = Not applicable. Y = definitely included unless impacted by weather / disasters / community calendar. M = may be included

Borneo Wildlife Safari Volunteer Rates

Prices are subject to change according to exchange rate fluctuations.

All prices are inclusive of 6% Goods & Services Tax which will be reflected on the invoices.

All invoicing and payment to be conducted in Malaysian Ringgit

Placement reservation fee of RM600 per person per project applies.

Cancellation fees and late payment charges apply.

Single room option at MYR1,050 per person -...

Other Information
Minimum Pax: 1
Minimum Age: 18
Experience: Not required
Toughness: Very Easy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Very Tough
Level of Supervision: Fully supervised programme
Personal Insurance: Copy of policy required prior to start of programme
Vaccinations: Please check with medical practitioner on other required medication / vaccinations.

International Flight Destination and Departure Details
ARRIVAL Airport DEPARTURE Airport Internal flight requirement
City Code Arrival Time City Code Departure Time No internal flight
Sandakan SDK Best if before 1600 hours Sandakan SDK Best if after 1100 hours

~ The Sandakan Airport is not an international airport. You will have to fly via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA/KLIA2) or Kota Kinabalu

International Airport to reach Sandakan Airport (SDK).

~ Airport code for Sandakan is in airline booking systems. ACCURATE flight details (flight number, airline, departure city, time of departure and arrival) are crucial to ensure pick up at the correct time.

~ Customs and Immigration coupled with the journey and/or traffic from Sandakan airport to the dormitory takes approximately 40 minutes, sometimes more.

~ Volunteers should have the emergency numbers [+60-(0)3-7724 2272 or +60-(0)19-899 4398] handy in case they face delays in the airport such as flight postponed or missed, lost luggage, quarantine etc.

~ Kindly take note of flight changes on the actual day of the volunteer arriving in Malaysia. It is crucial that we are informed of the change in flight time as early as possible to ensure correct pick up arrangement is made. Failure to do so will result in extra charges for the additional transfer that will be arranged for the second pick up time. Extra charges for these transfers will be chargeable to the volunteer.


Please be aware that programme and days are subject to change – this itinerary is meant as a guide only.

Day Programme Meals Details
1 ARRIVAL & WELCOME D Arrival at Sandakan Airport. Welcome dinner & briefing.
2 - 10 PROJECT DAYS B, L, D Transfer to Project Site: Sukau. Short orientation followed by health and safety talk.
11 DEPART SUKAU B, L Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilition Centre.
12 DEPARTURE B Check out and transfer to Sandakan Airport.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Wildlife Population Observation This entails cruising on the river to observe the endangered wildlife roaming the forest along the river banks. A lot of time is spent observing wildife and their habitat. This will be done from a boat cruising along the main river and its tributaries within the wildlife sanctuary.
Habitat Restoration The most crucial activity ensuring the survival of wildlife. You will take part in tree-planting, nursery care and seedling generation, sapling maintenance, mulching, composting, clearing invasive species and tree growth data recording.
Education Programme Half a day will be spent with school children working on conservation issues that the children deal with on a daily basis. You will be provided with a framework and the facilitator will guide you in the planning of this session.
Community Development This involves the development of a continuous project with the community of a local village. You will learn some skills requires for their daily livelihood and maybe assist them as well.
Rumble in theJungle As an introduction to the flora and fauna of the rainforest, you will go for a trek to understand what the rainforest traditionally offers the inhabitants in terms of medication, food & survival.
Cultural & Community Interaction Contributing back to the community is a big part of this programme. Most lunch and dinners will be in the private homes of individual villagers. You may get to hear about their daily lives, chat with the children, learn their family structure and see how the Orang Sungai have been living off the rivers and jungles for centuries.

Not all activities will be included on your itinerary. Changes to the activities will occur subject to weather conditions, school calender, community and project requirements. Activities not listed above may also be addedd if deemed suitable / necessary by the programme coordinator.

Paganakan Dii Dormitory. Shared warm water showers and toilets.
Sukau Greenview B&B Village style B&B. Shared room 2 - 3 persons to a room. Ensuite showers and toilets.
Nak Hotel Shared room 2 - 3 persons to a room. Ensuite showers and toilets.

Accommodation is subject to change without prior notice


Inclusions :

~ Conservation contribution to the project

~ English-speaking programme facilitator;

~ 11 nights at designated accommodation;

~ All activities, materials, tools & equipment included in “Project Days”;

~ Meet & greet at Sandakan Airport (SDK), Malaysia;

~ Arrival transfer from Sandakan Airport to project accommodation;

~ Welcome dinner on arrival day at Sepilok;

~ Transfer from dormitory to project site accommodation;

~ Programme induction & orientation in the village;

~ Boat and river transfers on "Project Days";

~ Entrance fees to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre;

~ Entrance fees to Rainforest Discovery Centre;

~ Departure transfer to Sandakan Airport in Sabah, Malaysia;

~ Meals as indicated on itinerary.

Not included :

~ International and internal airfare, camera fees, visa application/fees, drinks, private transfers, meals and accommodation when travelling independently or on Off Days, insurance, dinner on second last day of programme, personal incidentals and any item not stated in the list above.

One more thing:

~ Cancellation fees and late payment charges apply.

~ All prices are inclusive of 6% Government Sales Tax (GST)