Borneo - Into the Heart of the Rainforest

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How big are the groups?
What is included in the tour price?
What is not included in the tour price?
Are these “educational” tours?
How do we travel while in Borneo?
What are our accommodations like?
What are the meals like?
What about the weather?
Is medical insurance required?
When is payment due?
What should I take on the trip?
Can you arrange my flights?
What if I would like more information?
 

How big are the groups?

Each group is limited to 16 participants. Small groups are an important ingredient in adventure travel. They allow for more interaction and more personalized service throughout the itinerary.

 

What is included in the tour price?

All accommodations throughout; all meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); bottled drinking water throughout the trip; all internal transportation; airport transfers on day 1 and departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); all day trips and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary; tips for hotels (porterage), restaurants and spot guides; services of a trip leader.

 

What is not included in the tour price?

International flights, tips to ElderTreks tour leader, national guide bus driver, alcoholic drinks, visa’s and travel insurance.

 

Are these “educational” tours?

Yes, in the broadest sense of the word, “educational”. We visit museums, National Parks, and Reserves and have talks and discussions on many aspects of history, culture and nature. But this is only a portion of the educational experience.

We believe that it is equally educational to get to meet local people on a non-commercial basis, visit their homes and even try to learn a few words in the native language. Sometimes the most “educational” moments are spent sipping a cold drink in a street market.

 

How do we travel while in Borneo?

All local transportation is included in the land price of the trip. We have our own air-conditioned minivans for road travel, we use longboats on the rivers, speed boats on the coast as well as six domestic flights.

 

What are our accommodations like?

We always stay in good accommodations, both hotels and lodges, where rooms have a private bath or shower. The exception is the longhouse, which has shared sleeping and toilet facilities. The lodges are located either within the national parks themselves or just on the fringe, allowing easy access to the beauty of the parks.

 

What are the meals like?

All meals are included, starting with dinner on day 1, and finishing with breakfast on departure day. Our breakfasts will be prepared at the guesthouse or hotel, other meals will be served in local restaurants where you can always find a full selection of vegetables, chicken, beef, fish or shrimp. In many cases, we simply order a number of dishes and share “Asian style”.

 

What about the weather?

Borneo has a tropical climate — hot and humid year round. The temperature rarely drops below 70°F (20°C) and usually climbs to 85°F (30°C) or higher in the day. We normally avoid the rainy season, but you should be prepared for intermittent showers.

 

Is medical insurance required?

Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended. ElderTreks offers comprehensive travel insurance and we are happy to provide you with a quote if you call our office. If you are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as possible.

 

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD or £300 GBP (plus insurance if you require it) is due at time of booking and will reserve your place on the tour. Payment in full of the land cost is due 100 days before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable and are outlined in the “Terms and Conditions” section of our brochure.

 

What should I take on the trip?

There is a detailed “What to Take” list in our Trip Kit which we will send to you after receiving your booking deposit for the trip.

 

Can you arrange my flights?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over en route, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us for a customized itinerary.

 

What if I would like more information?

If you have any further questions about the trip, please feel free to contact our office for additional information. A Trip Kit containing further details on the destination will be sent to you once you have booked the trip.

 

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