conservation photography holidays
Borneo Photography Holiday

21 June-02 July 2020 | Orang-Sungai, Borneo | £2275 per person

During this Borneo photography holiday and Orangutan conservation expedition you will directly help to promote the protection and survival of the endangered Borneo Forest and its wildlife, including the endangered orangutan, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, singing gibbons, sun bears and hundred of species of birds.

Why a Borneo Photography Holiday?

Get involved and be part of an important initiative to help save endangered wildlife and communities, while you experience the incredible privilege of photographing these amazing creatures in the wild along the banks of the Kinabatangan river in a protected rainforest area called the Corridor of Life.

You will be part of an important conservation project to increase biodiversity along the banks of the Kinabatangan river in Borneo’s protected rainforest. Home to a hundreds of mammal species including orangutan, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, singing gibbons and sun bears, and thousands of species of  birds and other wildlife – this is heaven on earth for nature photographers and lovers.

Borneo was once covered by extensive rainforests, these habitats are slowly disappearing. This conservation project is located in one of these newly protected areas and approaches increasing biodiversity with a two-pronged approach. One part is monitoring the wildlife in the area; the other part is regenerating the rainforest. To complete these tasks you will be spending a lot of time on the river, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and the wildlife that you encounter on the river banks.

This conservation photography expedition see’s you join a conservation charity in their mission to increase biodiversity, monitoring the wildlife in the area and regenerating the rainforest . You will be working with local ecologists and conservation teams to conduct research on a variety of conservation tasks and projects, all while witnessing close up the natural history in the wild and documenting, via photography, the species and the work of the conservation teams.

Travel Arrangements

Airport: Sandakan Airport (SDK)
Arrival day: Sunday 21st June 2020
Departure day: Thursday 2nd July 2020

What will I be doing?

You will be out and about working in the rainforest among its wildlife and within the local communities. During the expedition, you will be getting very hands on with the research, observation and preservation in an effort to protect the rainforest species for future generations.

Your days will be varied and exciting, touching upon a variety of tasks:

  • Conducting research, Monitoring & Surveying the wildlife in the area via boat along the river
  • Identifying and photographing the orangutang in the area
  • Teaching environmental awareness to school children and local communities to ensure that they understand their environment and how important it is to protect it
  • Work alongside the local community on sustainable projects, Learning from the community about their way of life and help them to promote positive environmental work
  • Trek into the jungle and learn about the fauna and flora which make up this unique ecosystem
  • Visit the world-renowned Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation centre to learn about the rehabilitation process
  • Taking lots of photographs of wild Orangutang, Pygmy Elephants, Birdlife and Borneo’s stunning wildlife.

The Corridor of Life as it’s known is absolutely stunning and you will be trekking through its jungles and along is river banks to get to know the wildlife species intimately. You will come into contact with the friendly locals – eat, cook and engage with them and encounter some lush terrain. All part of what makes this expedition even more magical.

Why should I join this Expedition?

Far too many animals are living in zoos around the world, and helping them to remain living in the wild is essential. Helping to regenerate their habitats to protect future generations of species is a rewarding and exciting opportunity. You will be living in the same village as the Orang Sungai- “people of the river” and trekking through the wonderful rainforests of Sabah will be mind blowing.

Not only will you be doing something rewarding, fun and worthwhile, but you will be contributing to the long-term protection of endangered species, while witnessing and photographing wild animals and the nature of the Corridor of Life.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Award-Winning Photographer Tour Guide
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Full Board Meal basis at the project site
  • Full training, Orientation and Briefings
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and placement advice
  • Local support in Borneo from English speaking staff
  • Certificate of Recognition (on request)

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Insurances
  • Sundries, Meals out of Project Location & Alcoholic Drinks
  • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
  • Any additional costs such as extra trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £30 per week depending on lifestyle)

Your first night is spent in a beautiful rainforest guest house on the outskirts of Sandakan.

When we arrive at the project our lodgings will be a stunning riverside guesthouse, sharing (2 pax) a basic yet comfortable En suite room, with western toilets & shower.

The house is set within the village of Orang Sungai.

Linen, mosquito nets and fans provided.

On our last night in Borneo we stay in a cosy guest house in Sandakan.

A real highlight of this holidays is to eat in the homes of the local villagers, and the meals are delicious!

During your holiday you will get three meals per day, with Breakfast at the project site, whilst, Lunch and evening meals are provided by the local community.

Our final night is spent in Sandakan, where a bustling array of cuisines are available. However, dinner is at your own expense on the final evening.

During the first few days you will receive a thorough induction and supervised training at the project site.

I will be on hand at all times to help with photography or any other tasks.

If you have issues, I will be available 24hrs a day during your time with me.

There is very little to fill your spare time in the area, however, you can take walks to enjoy in your free time along the river’s edge and into the village, where wildlife is everywhere.

We will get to visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre, the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre during our down time towards the end of our trip.

No visa is necessary for trips under 90 days from UK and most western European and western countries.

You need to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry into Borneo/Malaysia.

You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need.

Your routine vaccinations will need to be up to date, it is likely you will need Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and possibly Hepatitis B, Malaria and Rabies.

Please follow your doctor’s advice.

Tour Cost

Deposit: £300 | Midterm £450 | Balance: £1525

Midterm payment is due 6 months prior to travel with final balances due 9 weeks before travel date.