Elite Survival Training offers an adventurous jungle journey to Borneo, for schools and young people.
Elite Survival Training welcomes you to come and find out what it takes to survive in the wild. Yara is part of a highly experienced and motivated team of individuals, who train by passion and enthusiasm giving an exciting and highly memorable jungle experience.
A YOUNG PERSONS ADVENTURES OF A LIFETIME
Elite Survival gives young people the chance to turn those dreams into reality – to break out from the routine of everyday school life. To gain an experience that will make them the envy of their friends back home.
We’ve put together a carefully structured adventure experience – one designed for young people to explore one of the remotest un-spoilt areas of the planet. We call this expedition the Spirit of Borneo.
THE SPIRIT OF BORNEO - 10 DAY Expedition
Day One - Arrive in Sabah Borneo. After an international flight to Kota Kinabalu and domestic flight to Sandakan, you will rest, relax and acclimatise. Same day flight connection to Sandakan will depend on arrival times into Kota Kinabalu.
Day Two – Visit Two Unforgettable Wildlife Centres. Near Sandakan lies the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre. This was set up to house injured or orphaned Orang-Utans. They are cared for and nursed back to health, before being released into the forest. Some have either strayed into plantations or been rescued from captivity. Others are orphaned babies, unable to survive alone in the forest. The Orang-Utan is one of the most endangered of Malaysian wildlife species. Found only in Borneo and Sumatra, the Orang-Utan’s survival is constantly threatened by forest fires, forest felling, poaching and illegal hunting. You will be able to observe close-up these beautiful creatures in the reserve and watch the greedy long-tailed macaques feed on the Orang-Utans’ scraps. You’ll also visit the nearby Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and fascinating Rainforest Discovery Centre with its fine canopy walkway.
Days Three and Four - Kinabatangan River Lodge. Following a 90 minute coach journey from Sandakan, we’ll arrive at this beautiful lodge and hostel, set besides the longest river in Sabah. You’ll enjoy river cruises early morning and late afternoon - a truly unforgettable experience. You’ll observe the true beauty of the fauna and flora that line this stunning, dramatic river. Many believe this to be the finest destination for close-up observation of Sabah Borneo’s amazing wildlife! If you’re really lucky, you might get to see the Borneo Pygmy elephant, Orang-Utan, Gibbon as well as a host of other iconic and rare mammals and birds.
Days Five and Six - Poring Hot Springs and Jungle Trekking After a 5 hour coach journey from the Kinabatangan River, we’ll arrive at Poring Hot Springs. Here the group will split into two. Group One will, first of all, visit the Poring Hot Springs where they will spend the night in the Park Hostel. The springs are known for their therapeutic properties; the waters with their sulphuric minerals are reputed to ease aching muscles. If time allows, the group will visit the Butterfly Garden or seek out the worlds’ largest flower - the bizarre and notoriously smelly Rafflesia!
Group Two will trek 45 minutes to the magical Lupa Masa jungle camp, where they will spend the night in tents on raised platforms. Set next to the world heritage national park, the camp is surrounded by crystal clear rivers and waterfalls and has amazing bio- diversity - a great introduction to one of the planet’s most diverse eco-systems - bursting with rich and colourful flora and fauna. Here the group will participate in a basic jungle survival course, learning from the guides:
• How to maximise the jungle’s natural recourses in a survival situation
• How to identify medicinal plants
• How to build natural shelters and make a fire
• The importance of the jungle environment to the future of our planet After dinner each evening there will be an optional night walk for each group.
Days Seven and Eight - Turtle Beach Village After a 3 hour coach journey to the Tip of Borneo, students will reach a small village with a big beach - here the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS) has established a small hatchery and information centre for locals and visitors alike. The Society’s aim is to protect visiting nesting turtles and their offspring. Whilst the chances of seeing a turtle nest are in the hands of nature, your visit will contribute significantly to the program. You can join in night patrols along the beaches. You can help in a beach clean-up, keeping them free of trash that would otherwise hinder the landing turtles. In the afternoons and evenings you’ll learn about life in a traditional Rungus tribal village. The beach is safe for swimming and there’s some great snorkeling nearby.
Day Nine - Kota Kinabalu You will transfer to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. There will be a short city tour and a visit to the night markets. Kota Kinabalu is often known as KK both in Malaysia and internationally. It is a major fishing destination and a popular gateway for travellers visiting Sabah and Borneo. Kota Kinabalu is also one of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia. It’s no surprise that Kota Kinabalu is one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.
Day Ten – Depart Depart from Kota Kinabalu International airport and head for home.
WHO IS THIS EXPEDITION FOR?
The Borneo Expedition for Schools is open to young people aged 14-17 of all abilities. Some activities will be easy to handle. Others will be more of a challenge. By the end of the trip, you’ll enjoy a feeling like no other - the sense of achievement, personal gain and adrenaline will be second to none. Some days you will feel the heady rush of adrenaline. On others, you’ll feel almost overwhelmed, as you complete an activity as a team - you just won’t be able to stop smiling! This expedition is an amazing opportunity. The great thing is that it’s open to ANYONE. All that’s required is a reasonable level of fitness, a thirst for adventure and a love for a personal challenge.
For a more detailed outline of Spirit of Borneo Expeditions, particularly regarding preparation, safety, please visit the Elite Survival Training website to download the brochures.
Alternatively, call John Sullivan on 01604 415697 or email: to find out more.
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