From the wilderness of Western-Canada to the rainforest of Borneo. Discover the last white spots on this globe with WideOyster. Discover a part of yourself which you have never suspected before. Come with us to Borneo on a jungle expedition. The unknown is calling. Explore!
22 March – 2 April 2020
Go explore with WideOyster
We live in a world of constant accessibility, connectivity and satisfaction of needs. It’s time to leave all this behind. And challenge yourself anew. Discover the last white spots on this globe with us, and discover a part of yourself whose existence you have never suspected before. The unknown calls you. Explore!
The primary research objective is the detection and sighting of the Helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil from the family of hornbills) as well as the detection and sighting of the Hose’s palm civet (Diplogale hosei from the family of civets). Evidence of these species can provide decisive support for in-depth research and the establishment of protected areas.
Lars Fehlandt - Expedition Leader
Lars’ vocation and occupation is biology. As long as he can think, he will be inspired by nature and everything in it. After photographing wildlife around the world, the Southeast Asian wildlife has become his focus.
He organises scientific expeditions for international research institutions and accompanies their implementation. He also works for the world-famous BBC Nature Film Department, for which he tracks down rare animal species.
All Borneo photos on this page are from Lars.
Malte Clavin - Photography & Story
Malte travels – sometimes alone, sometimes with family, across the world. In more than 40 publications he reported about it (e.g. GEO, Zeit, Spiegel).
As a management consultant, Malte accompanied over 40 digital projects in 8 countries.
In live reports and keynotes he conveys experiences, extremes and developments.
The adventure junkie also continues to follow his mission with the Borneo expedition ‘restlessly calm’: humbly marvel at the world and instigate people to get the best out of themselves.
Arrival in Kuching (individual), welcome dinner, overnight stay in hotel.
Kuching – acclimatizing, getting to know each other, checking equipment, visiting a blacksmith (possibility to buy a bush knife). In the early evening departure by van to Sibu (approx. 6 hours).
Arrival in Sibu in the early morning. Continuation by express boat to Kapit (approx. 4 hours – depending on water level and floatings). Arrival around 9:00. Continuation with small boats (approx. 3-4 hours – also depending on water level). We continue our journey in a pickup truck (approx. 5-8 hours). Arrival in the village approx. 11 p.m., overnight stay in the living room of the mayor (each on his own mattress).
Continuation with longboat (approx. 1 hour) then walk to the base camp (2-3 hours – depending on water level and fitness of the participants; several river crossings, luggage can partially be transported by the local guides).
Days 5, 6 and 7:
Basecamp and surroundings (Details see below).
Dismantle camp. Back to the village on foot and by longboat (approx. 3-4 hours). Overnight stay in the mayor’s house.
By pickup to Kapit (approx. 5-8 hours). Depending on arrival time the following options: Market tour, cultural programme (Fort Sylvia, town museum), excursion to a traditional longhouse (journey time approx. 1 hour), simple dinner, overnight stay in a simple hotel in double rooms.
Continuation by express boat at 6:30 a.m. to Sibu (approx. 4 hours) and from there by boat across the sea to Kuching (arrival approx. 5 p.m.), simple dinner.
Kuching/environment, farewell dinner.
activities in Basecamp
- Night walks.
- Explore river headwaters (Rivertrekking).
- Ascent of a mountain (approx. 1,200 m altitude difference with 7 to 10 hours trekking).
- Hike to other bathing areas.
- Enjoy the sunset in the riverbed, with a little luck we’ll sight Hornbills.
- Dialogue with locals.
- Stories, Borneo culture and Borneo nature lessons by expedition leader.
- Spying on wildlife (Helmeted hornbill and Hose’s palm civet, but also gibbons, long-tailed macaques and other mammals).
- If necessary, search for a new storage location (further up a mountain).
All overnight stays:
- 3 nights in a hotel in Kuching
- 2 nights with the mayor*
- 4 nights in Basecamp*
- 1 night in a simple hotel in Kapit in a double room
- All meals
- All transfers
- Expedition leadership by Lars Fehlandt
- Accompaniment by Malte Clavin
- Additional 3 local guides from day 4 to day 8
* Mattress and hammock will be provided by our sponsor EXPED (additional equipment tips on request)
22 March – 2 April 2020
Minimum 5, maximum 8 participants
Only 4 spots left
The expedition is conceived PRO BONO. Any profits will be donated by Lars Fehlandt to conservation projects in Borneo.
Top left: Horsfield’s tarsier / Top right: Horseshoe bat / Bottom left: Malay Red Harlequin / Bottom right: Dead Leaf Mantis. All pictures by Lars Fehlandt.
Booking & Contact
You now have a rough idea of the expedition, but still a lot of questions? Or do you want to book right away?
Please contact Annette Clavin:
Phone & WhatsApp: +49 173 205 83 28