The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
Mari Mari cultural village visit - US$ 42
Pack essentially for hot conditions as there is year-round humidity in the lowlands. Lightweight rainwear/umbrella is essential all year. Plastic ponchos can be purchased locally. Long sleeves, long trousers and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended for the jungle walks.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage and a day pack.Remember you may be expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself. Hard suitcases are not suitable for this trip.
Camera - A DSLR or mirrorless camera is recommended to makes the most of the photography opportunities on this trip. Alternatively any camera that allows you some manual control (aperture priority, shutter priority etc) will be of benefit on this trip.
Lenses - No specific focal lengths are required for this trip, so please bring along what you have and our expert photographer will help you get the best out of it. However, if you do own a number of lenses, a telephoto lens will be particularly useful for this trip when shooting wildlife. A wide-angle lens will also be advantageous for landscapes, and some street scenes. A portrait lens (50mm-85mm) will come in useful when shooting the Masai.
Tripod - This will come in handy for some locations, slow shutter speed shots and low-light situations. A lightweight travel tripod is recommended.
Memory cards - It is a good idea to bring spare memory cards and consider bringing something to download your images on to in case you run out of memory space. While cards can be bought on the trip, they may not be available at all locations and the quality cannot be guaranteed.
Charger / spare battery - You will need to bring your charger and a spare battery may also come in handy.
As well as the above, we recommend to bring a torch (preferably a head torch), a water bottle, insect repellent (we recommend atleast 50% DEET), suncream and a towel. Binoculars are useful for wildlife viewing , especially from the boat in Sukau.
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly you should allow £20 for tipping.