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ANIMAL WELFARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS AT LOK KAWI WILDLIFE PARK IN BORNEO IN MALAYSIA

Up close and personal with Borneo's native wildlife. Some of the native species you'll work with include Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants and a Pygmy Rhino. Also Tigers, a Clouded Leopard, Gibbons, Otters, Sun Bears, Giant Tortoise, Mouse Deer, Ostrich, Civets and a fantastic Aviary complete with talking birds.

Your role will be to assist keepers in their daily duties in looking after the animals. Of course, not all of the animals are tame and therefore you'll only be allowed hands-on contact with some of the animals. Generally, though, at Lok Kawi, keeper and animal interaction is an important part of keeping the animals well looked after and healthy.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £2,595 (approx. US$3,350) for 4 weeks
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: Fixed length of 4 weeks.
Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: No experience or qualifications necessary, just lots of enthusiasm. Minimum age 17. You should also:
(1) Have a high level of fitness and be able to work as part of a team conducting physical work in hot and humid conditions.
(2) Be able to cope in a tropical environment where there are large insects, snakes, bugs and leeches. If you are squeamish about insects then this is NOT the placement for you.
(3) Have a genuine interest in Wildlife and recognise the educational importance of having animals in a Wildlife Park such as Lok Kawi - this is not a rehabilitation programme and animals won't be released into the wild.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to the placement site
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas.
Suitable if you want to learn about the care of wildlife in an animal park environment, projects abroad or study abroad. May also be suitable for university credit or requirement.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping displaced animals and an in-depth understanding of the important contribution their protection is making to wildlife conservation.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Travellers and the Sabah Wildlife Department have arranged a structured programme at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park which will allow volunteers the opportunity to learn about animal care across a variety of species. Many Western Zoos take a hands-off approach, where even keepers have very little direct hands on contact with the animals. At Lok Kawi, keeper and animal interaction is an important part of keeping the animals well looked after and healthy.

Your role will be to assist keepers in their daily duties in looking after the animals, however, not all of the animals are tame and therefore you'll only be allowed hands on contact with some of the animals.

Working hours are generally between 8.00am - 12.00am and 2.00pm - 5.00pm. You will assist on a rotation system within the areas listed below:

  • Elephants (10 days)
  • Primates (Orang-Utans and Monkeys) & Reptiles (5 Days)
  • Birds & Hoofstock (5 Days)

ELEPHANTS:
All Elephants at Lok Kawi are Pygmy Elephants and there are currently 5 female elephants, 1 male and 2 babies. Pygmy Elephants are native to Borneo - in the wild they are found mainly in Sabah along the Kinabatangan river, but their population and habitat is dwindling due to human intervention. Borneo's Pygmy Elephants are thought to be a separate sub-species of the Asian Elephant as the two differ in many ways. Pygmy Elephants are typically half a metre smaller in height than Asian Elephants and yet have longer trunks and tails, both of which sweep the ground. They also tend to be much less aggressive than Asian Elephants. Conservation and understanding of Borneo's Elephants is incredibly important as they are critically endangered. Lok Kawi plays an important role in educating the public about Borneo's native wildlife.

The baby elephants at Lok Kawi were rescued from the wild during separate poaching incidents which resulted in their mothers being killed. They have been in contact with humans since a very young age as they had to be bottle fed. Visitors and children can interact with the baby elephants at the Children's zoo. You may assist the elephant keepers with the following tasks:

  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Preparing food/milk
  • Bottle feeding and washing the baby elephants
  • Reporting to the veterinarian on behaviour/eating patterns
  • Taking the baby elephants to the Children's Zoo and assisting with visitor interaction/safety.
  • Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.

PRIMATES:
Primate species at Lok Kawi include Orang-Utans, Proboscis Monkeys and Gibbons. In this area you'll also look after some of the other small mammals at the park. Both Orang-Utans and Proboscis Monkeys are native to Borneo and both are facing the threat of extinction due to loss of habitat and human intervention.

Orang-Utans are incredibly gentle, inquisitive and endearing creatures. They are native to Borneo and Sumatra and found high up in the forest canopy. Orang-Utans are solitary animals and difficult to spot in the wild. At Lok Kawi there are 8 young Orang-Utans, living in a large unfenced enclosure with plenty of enrichment activities - bridges, hammocks, ropes and tyres to climb and swing on. Visitors are not allowed interaction with the Orang-Utans but as a volunteer you will be involved in some of the behind the scenes duties.

Orang-utans are facing extinction within the next 10 - 15 years due in part to a loss of habitat in the wild. They also have incredibly slow reproduction rates which means that a drop in their population has an even greater effect on the rate of extinction. The Orang-Utans at Lok Kawi will not be released but will remain in captivity to raise awareness of conservation issues to the public.

Proboscis Monkeys are very unusual, with round protruding bellies and huge, pink, pendulous noses - in males the longer the nose the better for attracting a female mate! They live in groups high up in the trees and usually close to a water source. In Sabah they are mainly found along the banks of the Kinabatangan river. At Lok Kawi there is a group of Proboscis monkey's living in a large glass fronted enclosure, with a water spring and plenty of vegetation for climbing. You will be fascinated watching their interactions with each other - these clever primates can even swim! Currently there are several baby proboscis monkey's that have been born in the Wildlife Park.

Gibbons are found in the subtropical forests of South East Asia and usually live in family groups of 2 - 6 individuals. They are territorial and excellent climbers and jumpers, capable of reaching up to 9 metres in a single jump.

You may assist with the following duties within the primates section:

  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Preparing food and feeding
  • Moving orang-utans from the night stalls to their outside enclosures
  • Handling other primates when required
  • To assist with feeding time at the exhibits and talk to visitors about the various different primates
  • Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.

BIRDS:

Walking into the Aviary is like stepping into the middle of the jungle! The forest canopy is covered with a mesh that is so high that you barely even notice it hovering above the trees. A wooden walkway leads you through the Aviary and across a stream where birds can be seen fishing and wading in the mud. Talking parrots will greet you 'hello' and you may even be lucky enough to spot a mouse deer foraging in the vegetation.

Sabah's iconic Rhinoceros Hornbill will no doubt swoop past you, making a loud whooshing sound with each wing beat - the hornbill is also famous for it's loud trumpeting calls. This black bird has a white tail and a dramatic yellow and red beak and casque. Other birds in this section include Macaws, Myna's and Hornbills.

You may assist with the following duties within the Main Aviary, the Macaw exhibit, the Myna exhibit and the Hornbill exhibit;:

  • Cleaning enclosures thoroughly to provide a clean environment for the birds
  • Preparing food
  • Maintaining records of the number of birds that come to the feeding platform and reporting anything abnormal to the veterinarian/other staff
  • To assist with feeding time and talk to visitors about the various different birds.

RHINOS, DEER AND OTHER HOOFSTOCK:
In the Hoofstock area you'll assist with Rhino, Cattle (Anchole and Bali), Axis and Deer (Timor, Red, Barking and Mouse). You may assist with the following duties:

  • Moving animals from night stalls to enclosures.
  • Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.
  • Cleaning enclosures thoroughly to ensure a clean environment for the animals.

ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation could vary between on-site quarters and a local guest house, depending on availability at the time you're there.

Staff quarters: These are on the grounds of the Wildlife Park. One of the staff quarters has been released for the sole use of volunteers. This accommodation has two bedrooms, a living/dining area, a western style toilet and a separate shower. There is a kitchen with a kettle and fridge for your use. Meals will be prepared for you by a caretaker and you'll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with others.

Guest House: This is a local guest house with a lovely atmosphere and good facilities.

Wi-Fi / Internet: Internet (butnot Wi-Fi) is available during office hours. Out of office hours you can go to the nearest town (Donggongon) where there are at least 5 internet cafes.

Malaysia has lovely weather all year round with lots of sunshine and you will have some time during your free days to explore the local region and visit some of the tourist attractions.

FOOD:
Food is provided on this project.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

THE TRAVELLERS / SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT PARTNERSHIP:
Travellers have worked closely with the Sabah Wildlife Department for many, many years. In the past, several volunteers from the Travellers Orang-Utan project have been invited by the Sabah Wildlife Department to help with various projects to set up the Wildlife Park. One assisted in the design of the sun bear enclosure and another designed and produced the Wildlife Parks information pamphlet.

Travellers also donated £5,140.00 from the Bridge The Gap Foundation (The Phil Perkes Trust) to sponsor the Children’s Zoo. The Children’s Zoo is first and foremost an educational facility with an information centre currently under construction that will boast live exhibits. Brightly painted murals engage attention and the petting zoo allows children to have hands on contact with domestic animals and wildlife to encourage learning about conservation. In the petting area there are Rabbits, Tortoise, Miniature Ponies and Goats. Travellers' donation reflects their commitment in education and raising awareness about conservation.

2010 saw the start of a Conservation Awareness Programme at Lok Kawi, funded by Travellers and involving over 1000 local school children in its' first year. The purpose of the awareness programme is to teach the importance of nature and wildlife conservation to younger generations through exposure to Borneo's native wildlife. This and many other initiatives have been very successful.

MORE ABOUT THE LOK KAWI WILDLIFE PARK:
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park was opened in February 2007 and has enjoyed high visitor numbers, with the majority of visitors being local Malays. There are plans to develop an education programme amongst local schools and a volunteer programme for Malaysian citizens.

The Wildlife Park is set in a 280 acre forest reserve is in the district of Penampang, just 15 kms south west of Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu. It is run by the Sabah Wildlife Department and has been developed with education and fostering awareness of conservation issues in mind. Unlike some other Zoos in the region, the Wildlife Park is very big and is able to provide animals with enclosures which imitate natural conditions as much as possible. For children, the petting area provides a hands on experience and the chance to learn about conservation.

The Wildlife Park is a cross between a traditional Wildlife Park and a Zoo, many people refer to it as a modern Zoo. The Park's main aims are to Increase Public Awareness, Provide World Class animal facilities and enclosures, Start an environmental education programme, Make captive breeding of endangered species possible, and allow research activities to take place. Not only will the Wildlife Park strive to achieve these objectives but also to provide educational opportunities for locals, foreigners and schools, diversify the local economy and utilize local manpower.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

On Arrival, Your Introduction to the Country

When you arrive, you'll be welcomed by Ronn. She is the Volunteer Co-ordinator, assisting Albert, our Malaysia Manager. Ronn will take you to your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, where you will spend the first couple days of your trip. She will show you the nearby facilities such as banks, pharmacy, food and beverage outlets etc.

Albert will give you an evening induction (so you will be free to do some activities during the daytime). You will then be taken to your project and accommodation and introduced to everyone concerned. You will be made to feel very welcome by all!

Our projects in Malaysia (particularly the Orang-Utan Centre, which you must visit(!) are very popular and you are sure to have a wonderful time during your stay in Sabah. Your adventure has begun :-)

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Please note that all add-on activities in Malaysia depart from Kota Kinabalu. If you are doing the Orang-utan Conservation project, this is a 30 minute flight away.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo

CLIMB MOUNT KINABALU:
Kinabalu Park is Borneo's botanical paradise and home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 metres), the highest peak in South East Asia. On this three-day excursion you'll trek for about 6-8 hours over 2 days and will experience sunrise from the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

LEVEL: Moderate Trekking. No experience needed but see medical notes below
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu
DURATION: 3 days and 2 nights
MINIMUM AGE: Climbers below 16 years old are considered Child and will be accompanied by a separate mountain guide. An extra guide currently costs an additional £55 GBP.
INCLUDED: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners & 1 Supper, 2 Nights Accommodation, Entrance Fee, Return Airport/Hotel Transfer (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Return Transfer (Park HQ - Timpohon Gate - Park HQ), Mountain Guide, Climbing Insurance, Climbing Permit, Mount Kinabalu Certificate and Certificate Holder, and English Speaking Support Team.
PRICE: £499.

This excursion must be booked and paid for at least 3 months in advance in order to secure the necessary permits. A super peak season surcharge (approx 150RM (£30 or US$45) per night) is also sometimes applied to bookings between June and September. You'll need to pay this locally.

Day 1: You’ll be picked up from Kota Kinabalu and make a scenic drive to Kinabalu Park, arriving late afternoon. You’ll meet up with our representative and then proceed to Sabah Park’s HQ, at 1,563 meters, where you’ll register for the climb, check into your hostel and have some free time to explore the park at your leisure Then dinner and return to the hostel for a much-needed early night!

Day 2: The hard work starts today! After a wake- up call at 7am, you’ll ‘gear-up’ and have breakfast. You’ll meet with your assigned Mountain Guide and proceed to Timpohon Gate for the start of the climb. You'll have a packed lunch and plenty of rest stops! You'll climb for 5-6 hours before reaching Laban Rata. You'll have the afternoon free to relax and recuperate. Dinner will be at the Rest House restaurant and you'll stay in the mountain hut (which has dormitory bunk beds).

Day 3: Very very early wake up call - at 1am! It will be worth it though. You’ll trek for 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu to witness the glorious sunrise. You'll then trek down to Laban Rata for breakfast, after which you'll trek down to the Timpohon Gate, then transferred back to the Kinabalu Park HQ to pick up your Certificate of Achievement!

MEDICAL NOTES: A high level of fitness is required and we strongly advise that you have a medical check before attempting the climb. If you suffer from any of the following, you are advised not to do this climb: hypertension, diabetes, palpitations, arthritis, heart disease, severe anaemia, peptic ulcers, epilepsy, obesity (overweight), chronic asthma, muscular cramps, hepatitis (jaundice) or any other condition/disease which may impact on your ability to complete the climb comfortably. If in any doubt, please consult your doctor. If you are an inexperienced climber you should seek further advice before participating.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Although the majority of routes leading to the summit of Kinabalu require no technical climbing skills, some kind of training beforehand is important. It is important to remember that you will be hiking on surfaces with varying angles which may put lots of stress on your ankles and knees. It is also worth remembering that most of the injuries which occur on Mount Kinabalu happen on the way down. When climbing Mount Kinabalu, take a slow pace to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude, as at 3000 meters, you only have 70% of the oxygen you would normally have at sea-level.

To climb Mount Kinabalu
You need to be in decent physical condition.
you must not have heart or lung problems.
You need healthy knees and ankles.
Take your time and know your physical limitations.
Consult your personal physician if you are taking any kind of medication or if you have any other health problems.

If you plan to take any medication during your climb, you must consult your doctor prior to departure. The effects of medications may vary with altitude and stress. All climbers should consult their doctor or a specialised travel clinic well in advance of their trip.

How Physically Fit I Should Be To Do The Climb? It takes a minimum of 2 Days and 1 Night to scale Mount Kinabalu. Day 1 kicks off bright and early via Timpohon Gate, a 5 to 7 hour brings you up to 11’000 feet above sea level for an overnight stay. The second day is slightly more to the technical side – there are parts where you will need to hold onto ropes at an angle of about 15 – 20 degrees inclination. If you are able to climb a flight of 12 story staircase up and down few times in a day with not much difficulties, that’s good enough to prepare you for Mount Kinabalu.

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Padas River Rafting

1-DAY PADAS RIVER RAFTING (Grade 3-4):
Spectacular scenery and thrilling rafting experience, exploring the wild and untamed Padas River, with 7 exciting and challenging rapids.

LEVEL: Moderate. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Padas River, near Tenom, Sabah
DURATION: Full Day
MINIMUM AGE: 12 years old.
INCLUDED: Lunch, Hotel Pickup & Drop off for hotels in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups) Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), English Speaking Guide, Rafting Equipment, Life Jacket, Certified River Guide, Certificate and Insurance. PRICE: £99.

The Padas River is situated in the interior of the south-western part of Kota Kinabalu. You’ll journey by bus for approximately 3½ hours through the countryside to Beaufort Town, where you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. The rafting start point is only accessible by train, so included in the price is a unique journey in an antique train on the North Borneo Railway. You'll journey through the heart of Borneo to the start of your rafting adventure - a brilliant chance to see the spectacular, untouched scenery of this beautiful country and glimpse the local villages. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a full safety briefing before starting your 9km rafting adventure.

The river holds seven thrilling rapids to negotiate - you’ll work as a team and will have an experienced guide with you. The journey will undoubtedly be an awesome adrenalin rush, as you experience the ultimate white water class III and IV rapids. The route takes about 1.5 hours to complete. You’ll then have the chance to change out of your wet clothes and enjoy some light refreshment at the station, ready for your return train journey to Beaufort Town and bus trip back to Kota Kinabalu.

This excursion includes transfers to and from your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, full safety briefing and equipment. Please note, this is a full day’s excursion and you won’t return to your hotel until at least 6.00 pm.

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Scuba Diving at Tunku Rahman Park in Borneo

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING AT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK:
A chance to scuba dive and observe the beautiful coral life. The perfect package for those who have never dived before. You'll be given a step-by-step guide to scuba diving, from learning how to suit up, to how to use your diving equipment properly.

LEVEL: Beginner. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu.
MINIMUM AGE: 12 yeaers old. DURATION: Full day.
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Drinking water, Tea & Coffee & snacks, Park Entry Fee, Two Dives, Return Boat Transfer, Equipment Rental and Dive Master/Instructor. PRICE: £125 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a stunning marine park, that comprises of a cluster of islands including Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. All of the islands have gorgeous white sandy beaches, shallow waters and fantastic coral gardens - and they are all only a 10 - 20 minute boat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu!

The Discover Scuba Diving program introduces scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner, giving you just a little taste of the fascinating and thrilling world of Scuba Diving. The Discover Scuba package, conducted by PADI certified instructors at the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park’s Island, allows you to discover excitement, adventure, freedom and serenity. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is ideally suited to beginner divers providing shallow, sandy confined water environments which slope to slightly deeper coral reef habitats.

Learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment under the guidance of PADI certified instructors today!

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Cultural Village Tour in Malaysia

1-DAY TIP OF BORNEO & BAVANGGAZO CULTURAL VILLAGE TOUR:
An opportunity to experience the fantastic culture of rural Malaysia.

LEVEL: Gentle
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu, 3 hours journey to northern Sabah.
DURATION: Full day
MINIMUM AGE: N/A (Infants under 3 years old are free of charge)
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Entrance Fees, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), and English Speaking Guide.
PRICE: £115 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

ITINERARY: You'll journey through scenic countryside to the north of Kudat. You'll pass some spectacular scenery including paddy fields, traditional villages, plantations and local stalls selling handicraft and food items. On arrival at Bavanggazo village (where the Rungus community live) you'll have a traditional lunch, before visiting the community and their cottage industries - Seeing the Rungus Tribe still living in their longhouses is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience! The community is very enterprising - the main economic activities include producing honey and making gongs.

Before returning to Kota Kinabalu, you'll visit Simpang Mengayau, the northern most tip of Borneo, where the Sulu and South China Seas meet. On a clear day, you'll be able to see the outlying islands of the Philippines from this point! Spectacular!

If you take this tour on a Sunday, you may get the chance to visit the Tamu Besar (a bustling open air market in Kota Belud)

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

KOTA KINABALU:
Kota Kinabalu, or "KK" (as it is locally known), is the capital of Sabah. KK is home to the International airport and this will be your first point of arrival in Sabah - it is a great place to start your trip and get used to the Malaysian way of life.

Although Kota Kinabalu is far less developed than Kuala Lumpur (its counterpart on the Peninsular), the people are very friendly and the atmosphere here is more relaxed. KK also boasts impressive markets, a beautiful mosque, restaurants and nightlife - a fun introduction to the wide variety of attractions that Sabah has to offer.

Just off the coast it is possible to see an array of beautiful islands which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Exploring the coral reefs and marine life in this underwater world is fascinating and day trips here can be easily arranged - most islands are less than 45 minutes away by boat. Once you arrive you will be amazed at how clear the water is and just how many different fish you can see. There are also many wonderful beaches to be explored on the islands!

If you are the outdoors type, a visit to Sabah isn’t complete without a climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu (the highest peak in SE Asia). Standing at over 4000 metres, this is another of Sabah’s main attractions and the views from the top at sunrise more than make up for the two day climb. Afterwards you can soak your aching muscles at Poring where the sulphur hot springs provide a therapeutic bath.

Throughout the whole of Sabah you will find many local "Tamu", meaning market - the variety of fruit, vegetables, plants and handcrafted items on sale at cheap prices has to be seen to be believed!

THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Just off the West coast of Borneo, it is possible to see an array of beautiful islands which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – a protected area which boasts some of the best coral and unspoilt beaches in the area. Exploring the coral reefs and marine life in this underwater world is fascinating and day trips here can be easily arranged - most islands are less than 45 minutes away by boat.

Once you arrive you will be amazed at how clear the water is and just how many different fish you can see. There is excellent snorkelling and scuba diving (for both beginners and the more advanced) on these islands, as well as some wonderful beaches to be explored!

Take a trip on the North Borneo Railway, where you’ll travel through the heart of Borneo on a beautifully refurbished steam train. The journey meanders through villages, coastal towns, paddy fields, rain forests and rubber/coffee plantations. Passengers experience a glimpse into a bygone era, travelling along what used to be the ‘transport lifeline’ of Sabah – a great way to get a feel for the spectacular, untouched scenery of Borneo.

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

PRUE SINCLAIR
British
Care for Animals at Lok Kawi Park in Malaysia

I wanted to say a big thank-you to Travellers for organisng this AMAZING experience for me! My month here ran so smoothly, so THANK YOU! Also a huge huge hat off to JB and Ronn who have been making me laugh, taking me out to dinner, introducing me to beautiful people and also just being genuinely a good friend.

What an amazing experience i have had. I have learnt so much and I had the opportunity to follow the vet around participating in her countless jobs and watching on with eager eyes!

Warmest regards! Prue.