About Lupa Masa Borneo Rainforest Camp, Malaysia – Jungle Treks, Rafting, and Hammocks Await
Lupa Masa translates roughly to “forget time” and perhaps upon visiting this beautiful location that is exactly what will happen to you. Surrounded by World Heritage Mount Kinabalu National Park, Lupa Masa is the perfect introduction to the diversity of the Borneo rainforest. Lupa Masa is built from local giant bamboo – the most sustainable construction material there is. After two years, new stands are already growing and within a few more years will be available for harvesting again. Electricity is supplied from its own mini hydro generator and food is organic whenever possible. Take a day or overnight trek into the nearby forests or villages and farms or simply relax in one of the crystal clean rivers and waterfalls that surround Lupa Masa and forget time. Day or overnight bamboo rafting trips down jungle rivers can be organised and a night trek is always an exciting adventure.
Sleeping is in traditional style ‘sulaps’ on stretcher hammocks or in basic but comfortable private ‘pondoks’ (huts) on a mattress. Mosquito nets provided.
Our impact on the local community and beyond
Lupa Masa Borneo aims to support a locally run forest enrichment planting program in neighbouring Sarawak. Guests are encouraged to participate in the travel program associated with the reforestation project, called Picnic with the Penan, which is an indigenously-owned unique travel option for adventurous tourists through some of the last intact forest in Borneo, guided by the Island’s only traditionally nomadic indigenous people, the Penan.
Lupa Masa also seeks to attract suitable volunteers for the Borneo Child Aid Society, which provides education to more than 9,000 children who live on plantations and other remote areas often far from schools in the state of Sabah, Borneo.
Lupa Masa has employed the local community from the start in construction and all labor requirements. As there are no roads into Lupa Masa, everything had to be and has to be carried in at extra cost. Whole families are sometimes used for big carrying jobs, and this provides income directly to the communities.
As Lupa Masa develops and grows, it will help promote a local homestay program in nearby villages and expand the range of treks and other activities that are on offer.
As staff requirements grow, Lupa Masa will continue to train and employ those from the surrounding villages. These will be in areas of guiding, catering and accounting. Interested individuals will be offered the chance to obtain state recognized badges and awards so that they can further their personal goals and desires.
Food at Lupa Masa is either grown on site or bought from local markets and farmers. The suppliers are being encouraged to use less pesticides and eventually Lupa Masa will only source organic food which will mean healthier food for the farmer at higher prices and healthy food for the guests of Lupa Masa. A win-win situation.
Visitors are encouraged to use locally owned transport options and are given suggestions of other places to visit in the region which are also promoting low scale community and environmental tourism.
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