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Borneo Rajang River Cruise

In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.

However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.

Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.

The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.

This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!

D Gledhill | Corby, UK
 
 

Animal Friendly Travel

Our commitment to Animal Friendly Travel

In conjuction with World Animal Protection we've developed our Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct. This code of conduct outlines the standards we expect in regards to animal welfare on our itineraries. It informs our stakeholders (our local partners, employees and travellers) about our expectations in regards to the treatment of animals on all World Expeditions trips. 

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Your commitment to Animal Friendly Travel

Here are 10 simple steps you can take to become an animal friendly traveller:

1. The best animal encounter is a wild one. View animals in their natural habitat exhibiting natural behaviours and don’t initiate contact with them.

2. Don’t ride on the back of an elephant. To ‘train’ an elephant to accept riders, they are taken from their mothers at an early age and physically and psychologically abused.

3. Avoid aquariums or marine parks where large mammals like dolphins or whales are kept in captivity.  These environments are very unnatural and cause stress to these intelligent and far-ranging animals.

4. Don’t purchase souvenirs made from wild animals, such as fur, ivory, shells, seahorses, teeth, rhino horn and turtle shell.

5. Never participate in lion cub petting and lion walking experiences, many of them breed the lions for the ‘Canned Lion Hunting’ industry, to be shot in captivity.

6. Don’t attend festivals or attractions that subject animals to cruelty for entertainment, such as animal circuses, dancing bears, dog or cockerel fights, running of the bulls and any festival that causes suffering to animals.

7. Don’t feed stray or community owned dogs and cats, because it could take them away from their longer-term food source.

8. Before riding on the back of a horse, mule or donkey match your size to that of the animal and ensure that your weight is evenly balanced when riding.

9. Only visit and support animal sanctuaries and shelters involving wild animals in captivity if the objectives of the organization are in the animals’ best interests (e.g. re-homing, rehabilitation or release into the wild).  

10. Speak up! If you see an animal in distress please tell your World Expeditions guide. Make a note of the date, time and location as well as the type and number of animals involved. Take photos and/or videos as proof.  If you see an animal that is well looked after offer praise to the owner and tell him/her why you have chosen to give them your business.

 


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