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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!!
Responsible Travel Endorsements
The Wilderness Society
'The Wilderness Society is dedicated to the protection, promotion and preservation of wilderness areas. Achieving this has never been easy. It is therefore extremely encouraging when a business takes leadership in developing respect for our fragile environmental and cultural landscapes. World Expeditions has displayed this leadership and committed themselves to act in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. They are striving to minimise the impact of their business, assist local communities in their efforts to care for the environment and educate their travellers. This ethical policy puts into writing a philosophy that they have been operating for many years. We commend them on their ongoing attempts to find a true balance between the enjoyment and the preservation of our physical and social environs’.
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Right from the early days World Expeditions has been a strong supporter of The Fred Hollows Foundation. World Expedition’s staff and clients have shown real enthusiasm and a willingness to help us achieve our vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind and a land where Indigenous people share the same health outcomes as all Australians.
There is no better example of this than the See the World Challenge, which offers individuals and organisations the chance to raise money for The Foundation and be rewarded with an adventure trip of a lifetime to Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia and the Northern Territory. As part of the trip participants get to visit one of our programs to see how the money they raised is making a difference. World Expedition’s commitment to this program has been second to none – it’s just outstanding!
Fred Hollows Foundation
The Himalayan Trust
'2003 was a tremendously exciting year for me with the 50-year anniversary of my 1953 summit of Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay. The 29th of May heralded celebrations all over the world, including the banquet tent at Thyangboche where 150 enlivened World Expeditions trekkers gathered for one of Nepal’s largest mountain dinner parties. The event helped to raise a substantial donation for the Himalayan Trust – funds that are so vital in continuing the work that the trust invests in schools & medical facilities for the Sherpa people of the Everest region. I am so grateful to World Expeditions and its participants, for the continued efforts, contributions and support of the Trust over the years'.
Sir Edmund Hillary
International Porter Protection Group ( IPPG)
'IPPG would like to congratulate World Expeditions on its ongoing support and efforts to make the conditions of their porters safer and easier. Your initiative in flying large quantities of clothing to Nepal for the porter clothing banks of Lukla and Kathmandu and sponsoring fund raising talks is greatly appreciated. By providing tents, cooked food and warm drinks in addition to full outdoor clothing and boots when porters are above the tree line,World Expeditions has significantly raised the standard on porter care by large companies and is setting important industry standards. Keep up the good work.'
Prakash Adhikari, IPPG Nepal
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)
'World Expeditions were the winners of the "Environmental Achievement Award 2001" for their outstanding publication of 'The Responsible Travel Guidebook', highlighting ways to minimise the impact of your travel, and encouraging every participant to only take photos' and leave only Footprints. WWF decided to be involved in the award to encourage tourism strategies and practices that have a positive effect on the environment. This award to World Expeditions not only acknowledges and rewards progress towards better environmental management, but also identifies the practices that can be promoted and adopted by others, internationally as well as in Australia. Congratulations World Expeditions for helping us to make and sustain a better environment for all of us to enjoy!'.