Supu Camp is located on a very quiet area of the lower Kinabatangan. Most people go to escape the tourist hotspots, and a visit here promises added adventure aside from the river cruises. At Supu Camp you sleep in stretcher hammocks in an open-air forest camp perched high on the riverbank. Similar to its sister property, the Eco Camp, the facilities are basic, allowing total jungle immersion. Low voltage LED bulbs provide light during the night and western-style showers and toilets are shared, while meals are cooked by your guides in the simple kitchen. During the day, trek through secondary forests that are home to a variety of wildlife, explore undiscovered limestone caves, scale a limestone pinnacle, and be amazed by the age-old burial sites containing carved wooden coffins. This program is suitable for the adventurous at heart, after cruising the river for wildlife, embark on night treks to see nocturnal wildlife.
Supu Camp falls under the MESCOT Initiative that was designed to empower and build local capacity, and plan ecologically sustainable community based ecotourism activities in the villages of Batu Puteh, Menggaris, and Perpaduan, which are all wildife hotspots in the lower Kinabatangan.
One of MESCOT’s main goals is to create an alternative source of income that will benefit the conservation of the remaining rich natural forest resources and biodiversity in the area. First started in 1997, based on the core idea of the involvement of local community through participatory planning, the MESCOT Initiative has come a long way in establishing itself as one of the more successful community-based tourism projects in Malaysia, first establishing a homestay program, followed by the Eco Camp and Supu Camp. All programs are run entirely by the communities in the three villages through a village cooperative.
Communal sleeping in stretcher hammock – all bedding including mosquito net provided, with shared bathroom and shower. If you like, you could bring your own sleep sheet.
Communal eating – vegetarians and special diets catered for.
Shared bathroom and shower, electricity 6:00 PM-midnight via generator and low voltage LED lights bulb, simple kitchen.
You will be accompanied by in-house community guides in small groups at the camp for river cruises and walks surrounding the property for wildlife and nature observation.
We can also accommodate private guide or specialist guide eg. Birding guide requests.
Pick-up from your hotel in Sandakan or Sepilok at 9:30 AM for the 2 hour journey to the welcome center. Upon arrival, briefing on orientation and local culture followed by registration and welcome drinks. Then, embark on a 40 minutes upriver transfer by boat for check-in at camp, followed by lunch. Settle-in and chat with your guide about the day’s program and after lunch, embark on hike to the burial site. See old, wooden carved coffins used for burial rites in the past. Return to Supu Camp before dark. After dinner, embark on a night walk within the camp area for chances of spotting nocturnal wildlife such as tarsier, slow loris and sleeping birds.
Early morning wake for breakfast before heading out on a long hike to the caves and limestone peak. Spend some time exploring these caves that are inhabited by thousands of bats. Return to camp for a late lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing before going on a late afternoon river cruise. Return to camp by dark for dinner.
After breakfast at 9:30 AM head back downriver to the welcome center. During this cruise, take the opportunity to spot wildlife before leaving the river. Upon arrival, proceed with land connection to Sandakan or Sepilok for another 2 hours.
Return transfers from Sandakan/Sepilok, accommodation, conservation and community fees, activities and fullboard meals, freeflow coffee, tea and drinking water, return boat transfers from welcome center, guide.
Tips and gratuities, carbonated drinks.
Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binocular, dry bag, money (no ATM), water bottle, toiletries, basic first aid kit, leech socks.
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Single supplement applies for solo travellers.
Couples, families, groups of friends, solo travelers and others keen on wildlife and river cruise in an adventurous setting. We consider Supu Camp a basic-range accommodation on the river so it is suitable for those wanting to experience the river in an off the beaten path and adventurous set-up with hiking options (rare for properties on the river), and access to the local community of the area.