Tuesday, May 12, 2009

DZ Nature Resort - Ulu Kimanis, Papar.

Dz Nature Resort located just 60 minutes from the capital city Kota Kinabalu and the International Airport. This perfect getaway nature resort consist of several types of air-conditioned accommodation from chalets to a bungalow, each with breathtaking views.

DZ Nature Resort has many activities for its visitors, both young and old, offering its natural diversity at its best, to you!
1. 3-hours Trail Guided Jungle Trekking
2. Scenic and Serene Waterfall Gardens
3. Camping Adventures
4. Garden Picnics
5. Tour Packages
6. Diving Packages
and much more fun filled adventures!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Travelling Tips

General Tips
  1. Request for a copy of your tour itinerary on arrival.
  2. Note departure times of tours and flights.
  3. Use vehicles that are licensed to carry tourists (with Bas Persiaran permit printed on vehicle).
  4. Encourage drivers to stop engines when vehicles and boats are parked.
  5. Conserve electricity and water.
  6. Carry your identity papers or a copy of these papers with you.
  7. All tours must be guided by local Malaysian licensed guides who hold either a blue, green, pink or yellow badge.
  8. Dress sensibly.
  9. Drink plenty of liquids.
  10. Use biodegradable products. Bring biodegradable insect repellent (Citronella).
  11. Take off shoes before entering a house.
  12. Be careful not to introduce any plants or animals into the environment. Introduced species can destroy ecosystems.
  13. Do not collect your own `souvenirs' from the rainforest.
  14. Abide by local regulations.
  15. Support the local economy by buying locally made goods and foodstuff but do not buy items from endangered species.
  16. Encourage or participate in the local conservation project such as tree planting to replace patches of trees illegally logged, or perhaps help a local charity.
  17. Notify your guide if you are having a problem.
  18. Provide your feedback upon completion of tour.
  19. Share your experiences with your family, friends and community when you return home.
  1. Use coastal and river boats that are not overloaded (below 12 passengers) and wear a life jacket.
  2. Keep pollutants out of waterways. Do not dump any objects or waste over the side of a boat, even if you think that it is biodegradable.
  3. Encourage drivers to stop engines when vehicles and boats are parked.
  4. On wildlife river tours, follow the directions of the guide when you are being seated in the boat.
  5. Respect the integrity of coral reefs. Do not touch, stand on, or break off pieces of coral. Damaged reefs can take years or even decades to regenerate.
Jungle Trekking
  1. Stay on the trail to minimize damage to the surrounding area.
  2. Use pre-existing campsites for camping where possible.
  3. Reflect on the biodiversity of your new surroundings and how they differ from what you are accustomed to.
  1. Ask permission if you want to take photographs of local people.
  2. Respect the sensitivities of local people…There are accepted dress codes at certain places including places of worship.
  3. Appreciate and protect cultural heritage. Avoid touching rock or cave art, carvings, and monuments.
  4. Respect differences in culture. It is important to recognize that while different, other thought patterns and ideas of time are equally valid as your own.
  5. Take time to listen to people who are willing to share. Ask them questions and learn about their culture.
  1. On wildlife river tours, follow the directions of the guide when you are being seated in the boat.
  2. Do not disturb, harass or feed wildlife. Do not leave personal belongings unattended in locations with wildlife.
  3. Avoid touching animals or handling bird eggs or baby birds.
  4. Never come between a mother and her young. This will put both you and the animals in danger.
  5. Reflect on the biodiversity of your new surroundings and how they differ from what you are accustomed to.
  6. Wear attire in natural colours and avoid substances with perfumes
  7. Be patient when viewing wildlife and give the animals plenty of space.
Equipment Care/ Photography
  1. Use ASA 400 film
  2. Bring a spare battery
  3. Don't leave your camera lying in the sun
  4. Use soft cloth to wipe lenses.
  5. Clean your camera at least once a day
  6. Bring a monopod if you have one
  7. Use a sand bag to steady the camera while in boats and vehicles.

Sukau - Sabah's Primate Paradise

Most times, travelers to the Kinabatangan and Sukau make the effort to visit because it simply is the only place in Sabah or even Borneo for that matter, that the wildlife is so accessible. The Sukau / lower kinabatangan area is a zoo safari and night safari all rolled into one.

The kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary is only 26,103 hectares in size and within this tiny area (hemmed in by palm oil plantations from all sides), is a great variety of animals and flora, some endemic to Borneo and some endemic to the area itself. The diversity of this area is unimaginable.

There are a recorded 1000 plant species, 250 bird species, 90 fish species and reptile and 50 mammal species cramped into the area. And sometimes during the rainy season between December and February, the river bursts its banks and floods over the floodplain inundating a vast area.

The animals suffer a great deal from this as the higher grounds where they used to retreat to, are now palm oil plantations and they are left with little land to survive and even less to feed on during these months of hardship. It’s been known that animals starve to death during these times.

For the drier periods, visitors have a higher chance of animal sightings and animals like the pygmy borneon elephants, the orang utan , proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys or languors, macaques, civet cats, snakes, estuarine crocodiles, otters, wild boars, bird life such as the oriental darters or snake heads they are called, herons, Wallace's Hawk-Eagle, Jerdon's Baza, Violet Cuckoo, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Grey-headed Fish-Eagle, horn bills and can be ‘found’, if your nature guide and boatman is experienced.

There may be a lot more than meets the eye.There are generally 2 ways to go about getting to Sukau area, one is by boat all the way which may take 2hours meandering up the languid river or the other is to take a 1 hour van or car ride on rough palm oil plantation roads to the jetty and then a 10 – 15min boat ride to the resort. It is however advisable that if you are pregnant or if you have a bad back, not to travel on the plantation road.

The road condition is atrocious due to the rain and heavy vehicle use and 45km at 20km/hr of this travel will definitely be a painful affair if you are not accustomed to it. Normally, just to make the trip a little easier, many take the tours out and stay a day or two at resorts, home stays and hostels along the kinabatangan river. The itinerary is very similar from one tour agent to the other.