Borneo expeditions

Borneo at a glance

Population: 6 million

Terrain: Jungle, mountains and coast

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Borneo

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Borneo.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Niah Caves National Park

2 - 3 days

After spending your first day in Miri, you will be heading out to the Niah Caves National Park. You guide yourselves around the park, so it's up to you to decide which trails you would like to tackle. The park's main trail meanders its way through the beautiful limestone cave system and concludes at the 'Painted Cave', home to ancient cave paintings, as well as archaeological dig-sites where some of the earliest evidence of human habitation in all of South East Asia was discovered.

2 - 3 days


It's a jungle out there!

5 days

There are a variety of areas you can choose from in which to complete your jungle trek. The challenging trek phase typically lasts between 4-5 days and will give you an excellent insight into life 'in the trees'.

5 days

Venture into the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak or into the lush green Crocker Range in Sabah, travelling through some of the planet's oldest rainforest and passing through local villages.


Tampat Do Aman, Sabah, Borneo

We have been working with Tampat Do Aman since 2011 when the project host, Howard, had only just set up in this area of Borneo. Since 2011, we have sent five teams to Tampat Do Aman and have successfully helped Howard and his local staff renovate the local community centre, construct a children's playground and assist with the creation of Tampat Do Aman's wildlife reserve.

In-Country Agent 


Sampson has been working for World Challenge since 2000. He speaks English and several other local Malaysian dialects, and this has allowed him to travel and work all around the world. Sampson also works as an Offshore Logistics Co-ordinator for Shell.

In-Country Agent 

Asia Ability

Asia Ability, a corporate training and team building company run by David Powell (a British expatriate), have been working for World Challenge since 2000 and have supported hundreds of World Challenge groups. Our main points of contact are Hailin Gambud (Programme Manager) and Sylvia Sangau (Creativity Specialist) who live and work in Asia Ability’s head office in Kota Kinabalu, while running outdoor activities and programmes at The Adventure Centre! They speak English, Malay and other local Malaysian dialects and have both travelled around Asia.

Meet the orangutans at Sepilok

Get up close and personal with the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, situated in 43 sq km of protected land at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve.
Around 25 young orphaned orangutans are being rehabilitated at the centre – one of only four orangutan sanctuaries in the world – while 60 to 80 orangutans live freely in the reserve.


Languages spoken: Bahasa Malay, English and many local dialects
Time zone: GMT +8
Interesting fact: Towering up to 4,095m above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is one of South East Asia's highest accessible peaks.

The Roof of Borneo - Mt Kinabalu

2 days

The summit of Mt Kinabalu, Low's Peak, stands at 4,095m and towers over Borneo's northern state of Sabah. Embark on a 2-day trek to the summit of one of South-East Asia's highest mountains and be awe-struck by the stunning panoramic views from the 'Roof of Borneo'.

2 days

Borneo & Malaysia

Borneo can be combined with a trip to Malaysia. Visit the Malaysia page for more information.

In 2014, World Challenge sent

20 teams

to 14 different project sites in Borneo. Teams participated in activities such as building flower beds, painting a community church, concreting, installing a water tank, fixing a community dam and helping prepare and set up for the Bario Food Festival.

Project summary

Teams can participate in a number of valuable projects. These include working at a learning centre for children with disabilities, helping the Forestry Commission with reforestation programmes to protect the flora and fauna of Borneo's rainforests, and working alongside local villagers to improve facilities.
Rest & Relaxation

Snorkel in the South China Sea

Go snorkelling or zip wiring; visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre or explore the Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok. You could also shop for souvenirs at the numerous, buzzing night markets; experience the Sarawak Cultural Village; go white water rafting or simply relax on an island beach off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

The island of Borneo is an incredible expedition destination with an array of environments and cultures to experience. Ancient jungles and local wildlife scatter the landscape, and the people are some of the friendliest you'll ever meet. Be ready with a few basic phrases in Bahasa Malay, and of course take advantage of the wide range of local cuisine!
Gina, our Borneo Expedition Planning Manager

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expedition for your students

Jungle, mountains and coast