Borneo Wildlife Discoverer departing 7th July

Hi,

Is anybody out there going on this trip?  I'm doing this 2 week Exodus holiday, then staying for an extra week with the intention of climbing Mt. Kinabalu.  Doing anything similar?

One of my main questions is: what luggage are you taking?  And are you taking hiking boots?

Look forward to hearing from you,

Maureen.

Hi Maureen, I’ve just booked on to this trip and looking forward to it. Haven’t even thought about packing yet but I will be definitely be taking my hiking boots! 

Not long to wait now!

Karen

Hi Karen,

Good to hear from you.  (Strange, it didn't notify me I'd had a reply...)  Yes, getting quite excited now, but not as prepared as I should be.  Bought a new camera, as I think my lovely compact would be laughed out of the house.  But now I need to learn what all the buttons do!

Roll on July!

Maureen.

Hi Maureen,

Agree about the camera! Looking to upgrade my compact  too but hopefully with something that will still be very easy to use! Knowing me by the time I set the camera up I would have missed the photo opportunity!

Off to do some shopping today to start getting prepared as not many weekends left before we head off.

Hi Maureen,

Agree about the camera! Looking to upgrade my compact  too but hopefully with something that will still be very easy to use! Knowing me by the time I set the camera up I would have missed the photo opportunity!

Off to do some shopping today to start getting prepared as not many weekends left before we head off.

Hi Maureen,

Agree about the camera! Looking to upgrade my compact  too but hopefully with something that will still be very easy to use! Knowing me by the time I set the camera up I would have missed the photo opportunity!

Off to do some shopping today to start getting prepared as not many weekends left before we head off.

Don’t know why is posted 3 times!!!

Hi Karen,

I decided on a bridge camera, a Panasonic FZ330 - seems to be all singing and dancing. But have hardly tried with it yet - am having an hour's tuition at Jessop's next Sunday.  I'm sure an SLR is a better long term solution, but I didn't want to carry something big and heavy.

Maureen.

Hi Maureen,

Too many to choose from - I like the look of the Sony cybershot dsc hx400 and my brother is trying to persuade me round to the Panasonic. Decisions!! I need to make my mind up this weekend so I have some time to get used to it!! Good luck with the lesson - I may come to you for some tips!

Karen

I suspect the rest of the party will be experts with huge lenses...  I've never actually been on a wildlife holiday before, I generally do hiking trips or backpacking.  So not quite sure what to expect.  Have you been on this sort of trip before?
Maureen.

 

I went To Zimbabwe many years ago but I was visiting a friend so we travelled around on our own. Got some great game photos but that was pre-digita!! I’ve done a few trips but more cultural than wildlife, such as Mongolia and India. All have been great and had good company so I have high hopes for Borneo. This is the first one I’ve gone solo on though so a little apprehensive!

Karen

I've been on all my Exodus trips on my own, and they've always been a good crowd. So I wouldn't worry about that too much.  I asked Exodus a few weeks ago, and they said everyone was in their 50s, 60s or 70s, some couples but mainly alone.  So that'd tally with what I'm used to - maybe the hiking ones start a bit younger but no difference at top end. Should be fine!

Maureen.

I was told the same when I booked, 40’s to early 70’s. 2 couples and 6 solo plus me. Really looking forward to it and meeting everyone. Roll on the 7th!!

However I do need to sort out what I’m taking and try and pack lightly. Exodus mention a dry sac for your pack - do you know if they are talking about your day sac or your main rucksack? I can understand protecting your day sac from getting things wet but I would hope your main luggage would always stay dry.

Karen

Hi,

Yes, I think they must be talking about daysack there, which could get soaked in a downpour.  I'm sure the main luggage will be in either the accommodation or in a vehicle all the time.  If I was only doing this 2 weeks with Exodus, I think I'd certainly bring a wheelie case, since it'll be reasonably civilized.  But the fact that I'm staying for an extra week and travelling on my own without any plan (apart from the mountain) makes me uncertain.  I could bring a big backpack, but then that means a daypack and a big backpack to carry.  So not decided yet - will see.  I daresay the wheelie case will win out. There's internal flights as well, so all that messing with luggage repeatedly.

Still dithering about clothes as well.  Thinking hiking boots and 2 pairs of sandals. Long sleeved shirts, long trousers.  Scarf, floppy hats etc.  Dresses that cover both shoulders and knees seem to be in short supply this year!

Based on past experience, I'll usually make at least one bad decision!

Maureen.

Hi,

I have no long sleeve shirts! I’ve got to try and find some tomorrow! Think I may come home whiter from this holiday than when I leave! I will be stocking up on deet spray too. Definitely taking my hiking boots, some walking sandals and flip flops. 

An extra week sounds exciting - the mountain climb sounds great too. Any idea what else you‘ll do? Maybe relax for a couple of days?

Karen

No, haven't really planned anything for the extra week yet, only the 2 days on the mountain.  Will just see how I feel.  In theory I should just chill out on a beach, but I know I never enjoy that.

Went in search of an appropriately cover-all dress, and typically bought 2. And some rather fetching football socks, since the outdoor shops in Leeds looked blank when I mentioned leech socks.  Note to self: don't wear the football socks with the dress.

My main upset this weekend has been the camera.  Had my one hour's private tuition and all seemed to make perfect sense, then went to a local nature reserve and totally failed to do anything he'd just shown me....  No idea what I was doing wrong.  Hope you're doing better.

Maureen.

I guess it’ll just take time to get familiar with your camera. I went for the Sony camera in the end and I pick it up tomorrow. I’m hoping the auto setting will work just fine! I’ve got a couple of weeks to get used to it. 

I’m taking one maxi dress with me but not sure where or if I’ll get to wear it. I think i’m sorted for clothes now so just got to order some money and I’m good to go. Not long to go now. Are you on the group flight out of Heathrow?

Karen

Yes, I'm on the group flight.  I'm coming down by train on the Friday and staying with a friend in Ascot overnight.  With a bit of luck she'll run me to the airport, but failing that I'll get a taxi.  Look out for me once we've gone through formalities.  Or my mobile is 07805 255727 if you want to make contact and see if we can find each other.  Are you going to check in online?  I hate that, and might wait until I can go to a real counter and talk to a real person.

Roll on the 7th!

Maureen.

I’m flying down from Manchester in the morning so nice early start for me. I’ve got to make it from terminal 5 to terminal 4 so hoping it’s not too far! I probably will check in on-line only so I can choose a decent seat as I want an aisle seat. I will have my Exodus tag on my hand luggage so hopefully may be easy to spot!! I’ll text you my mobile number so we can try and say hello before Borneo. Have you heard from anyone else on the trip?

No, if anyone else has looked at this string they haven't actually posted anything.  So I guess they're not curious, or they're not into online stuff.  Bit of a shame because they might have useful tips.  But I guess we'll find out soon enough.

Maureen.

Hi Maureen and Karen, like you I never know what to pack for these trips and invariably get it wrong. Hopefully I will be better this time. Looking forward to meeting everybody and hope it will be a good trip and we will see plenty of wildlife. One tip I do have is remember your camera charger we have been on trips where people have forgotten theirs. A spare battery is also useful. see you soon.

Hi Barbara, thanks for the tip. I’ve bought a new camera for this trip to hopefully get some great wildlife photos. May have gone overboard as I have spare batteries and memory card! Can’t believe this time next week we’ll be on our way, so looking forward to it. Practice pack this weekend to try and keep everything to a minimum but I will fail!! See you next week, Karen

Hi,

Welcome to the conversation.  Wonder if others have had a look but aren't saying anything? Thanks for reminder re. chargers.  I read that the sockets in Malaysian Borneo are the same as UK, so we shouldn't need adaptors.  I'm assuming we can recharge every night, except maybe in the longhouse.  Most of the accommodation I've been in with Exodus has always been good (unlike Explore) so not too worried.  Been out this morning and bought a load of extra toiletries/medicaments.  I'm wondering if I should bring the silly midgie hat someone gave me partly as a joke, with Scotland in mind.  Or would that be a hat too far?  I've also bought banana yellow and lime green football socks to stand in for leech socks, so I suspect I'm going to look pretty ridiculous!  BTW, I had a look, and last week and this there are a lot of storms racing across SE Asia, so unless it changes we'll certainly get wet.

Yes, roll on next week, I'm quite excited now.  

Are you on the group flight from Heathrow as well, Barbara?  If so, you might want to add your mobile number to the pot - mine's in the string above.

Maureen.

Hi Karen

Hope the dry run on the packing goes well, even though I start off with good intentions I always take too much. Plus I have to pack my husband’s case. At least with all this hot weather we shall be acclimatised apart from the humidity, don’t know about you but my hair tends to go a bit frizzy. See you next weekend.

Barbara

 

 

 

 

Hi Maureen

Looking forward to seeing the yellow and green football socks. I bought some but took them back there wasn’t much give in them to put trouser legs down. Have now gone for Lycra running leggings which I hope will keep the little blighters out. I will be taking the head nets since we needed them on a trip to Australia earlier this year, there were thousands of flies in the western national parks. As you say, accommodation is mostly okay with Exodus. I hope the storms will be gone by the time we get there, I’m not too bothered about getting wet but don’t like flying in stormy weather.

We are travelling on the group flight but I don't take a mobile with me on holiday so will look out for you at the airport. See you next week.

Barbara

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