Rustic Borneo actually came to be during my involvement working with a NGO at the northern part of Borneo near Kudat. I had the intention of using it as a vehicle to help eliminate poverty amongst the local community and help build their economic capacity by making their handicraft accessible to the world. My methodology […]

Rustic Borneo actually came to be during my involvement working with a NGO at the northern part of Borneo near Kudat.

I had the intention of using it as a vehicle to help eliminate poverty amongst the local community and help build their economic capacity by making their handicraft accessible to the world.

My methodology revolves around connecting the local community, the indigenous people of Sabah, to buyers by leveraging the great revolution of social media, networking and the power of Information Technology.

My little ability was amplified through a concerted effort and in-depth knowhow of few a good friends: Peter Stenberg, Reita Rahim from Gerai OA and the Borneo “Sindak Pagazou” or The Burning Sabah Warrior and young native leader, Richard Nelson Sokial.

For Rustic Bornoe’s Vision to take flight it required a lot of resources, genuine information and plenty of research to be able to offer conscientious buyers the behind-the-scenes story of the products on offer. Be it a storage item, kitchen utensils, cutlery or even beauty accessories, every item embodies beauty and functionality through the knowledge that once they were useful tools used in daily life.

Here are some pictures extracted from my family heritage collection show how many elements of life have slowly turned into unappreciated fashion.

The native heritage is now the lifestyle of modern society. It’s now more than ordinary functional items – it is art, and the beauty of the art is the enchanted, sustainable economy for the local community of Borneo.

In the Malaysian state of Sabah, on Borneo’s east coast is the Kinabatangan River – a river whose district has one of the world’s richest ecosystems. The main attraction here, the reason you come here, is the river cruises on Kinabatangan River. The wildlife in this area is amazing and if you are lucky you […]

In the Malaysian state of Sabah, on Borneo’s east coast is the Kinabatangan River – a river whose district has one of the world’s richest ecosystems. The main attraction here, the reason you come here, is the river cruises on Kinabatangan River. The wildlife in this area is amazing and if you are lucky you can see wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, the rare pygmy elephant and a lot of endemic bird species.

Just a few weeks ago, I was here to get my first experience of this famous destination that seems to fascinate all types of people. After our lunch it was time for our first trip on the river. Our guide gave us a quick introduction about the area and told us about the conditions:

“We hope we will be seeing a lot of animals today, but remember that it is nature we are dealing with. We cannot decide and control what we’ll see …”

The dream for me personally was to see one of the elephants that are very rare. After only five minutes in the boat the guide shouted at us and pointed towards the surface; “Elephant in the water.” The boat made a change of direction and ran toward the river’s edge where a small elephant came walking in the water on the way up towards the land. Our smiles were big and we were so happy after the fantastic experience. On hot days like this, they are sometimes heading to the river to cool off in the afternoon – lucky for us!

Two Bornean Elephants walking Tail-in-Trunk through the jungles along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo

An incredibly good start to the tour that only continued to impress me. We got to see incredibly much wildlife and at such close range. We looked at large families / groups of macaques from just a few meters away. Some monkeys even jumped on the boat that we had to chase away. Macaques are really entertaining and curious of the boats and are happy to perform a little show for their audience.

Sunset on the jungle rivers of Sabah, Borneo

We saw lizards that walked the shoreline, proboscis monkeys that swayed high up in the canopy and birds of all kinds who played beautiful melodies. What we did not see this day was the orangutan and the crocodile. You cannot get everything on the first river tour, but fortunately we have more river cruises left during our days on the river.

But I have to recommend everyone who goes to Borneo to come here and experience the river safari. It was magical! You are able to come so close to the wildlife. It gives you a genuine and personal experience. One of the best experiences I have ever had during my travels – Amazing is all I have to say!

You are able to do river cruises during morning, afternoon and evening – all different times of the day attracts different animals so each cruise is unique and exciting every time. There are several lodges that offer “all inclusive” packages that includes all meals, guides and accommodation with a high standard.

Are you interested in wildlife and nature, this is absolutely a must if you are visiting Borneo. Contact us if you want to know more, check out our package tours containing Sukau or use our Holiday Creator to create your own dream holiday!