Traveling through the Jungle is a phenomenal experience, but you
need to go prepared. If you follow a few simple rules, you will
be sure to have a memorable trip.
Our Jungle guide provides some
useful information and advice, so you can arrived ready for your
This guide is intended to assist
you with your preparations and enable you to enjoy the
experience of the jungle to its fullest. We intend the following
facts, pointers and suggestions to ease your journey.
The most important lesson you
will learn as you enter this unbelievable adventure is that
Mother Nature is the strongest force in the world. We must be
careful of her and respect the forest. The weather can change
quickly, and if the monsoon rains come you will discover inner
strengths to cope with the challenges that face you!!.
The way of life is very different in Malaysia and the pace of
life is slower, we foreigners call it "Malay time"
Water and food
These are included in your package
Dehydration can make you very ill.
It is recommended that plenty of water is drunk, even walking
around Kuala Lumpur.
If you do become de-hydrated it
is essential to get liquid and salts back into the body quickly
to prevent illness. We will carry Re-hydration Salts in sachets.
If you want to buy your own supply these can be bought in
Malaysian Pharmacy's (Farmasi) much cheaper than at home.
One sachet to a 75 cl bottle of water is the usual dose. Rest
and drink at least a litre of water. High energy drinks are good
i.e. high Glucose drinks. 100 Plus is the favoured drink in
Malaysia and available everywhere.
Watch out for each other.
A person who is becoming
dehydrated often will not realise. Diarrhoea or loose motions is
one of the first symptoms and it will dehydrate a person
extremely quickly. Notice if a member of the group keeps dashing
off into the bush with toilet paper. Other symptoms are possible
feelings of nausea, dizziness or feeling light headed, lethargic
and tired, headache, sweating or urinating less.
It is recommended to wear a good
repellent that combats not only mosquitoes, but also sand flies,
even in town. The sand fly is much smaller and harder to see and
is common early evening and night. (they bite while you sleep
and can cause slight swelling if the face is bitten).
To combat the insects around the sleeping area we supply
Mosquito Repellent Coils - once lit they slowly smoke all night
and keep the flies away.
In Malaysia you can also buy "BAYGONE" insect repellent from
Malaysia, green tin with green cap, excellent against mosquitoes
when sprayed on the floor around the camp before sleeping and
helps keep leeches at bay. Also if sprayed on trouser legs and
boots it prevents against leeches
Keeping clothes and sleeping bags
dry in the jungle is difficult. Previous experience has shown
that CANOE BAGS are the most effective. These bags are
obtainable in different sizes from most good water
sports/surfing shops. Even when going through deep rivers etc.
the bags prevent water from getting inside to the contents.
Camp beds / Sleeping bags / Eating utensils
We will provide you with a
stretcher bed and a sleeping bag adequate for the cooler
Cotton liners are personal preference - participant to supply
own. It is hot and humid at night and you will get "sticky"
however the temperature will feel much cooler in the mountains.
All plates, cups and cutlery will be provided - as will a supply
of toilet rolls
Will be supplied for your use.
Walking Boots & Jungle Boots
A good stout pair of boots are
required. Green canvas lace-up boots are available in Malaysian
camping shops for about RM45-50. They are light to wear and
quicker to dry than normal boots. The high leg also helps
protect from leeches and insects. It is also recommended to wear
a pair of sandals in the river when bathing, and around the camp
at night, this will allow your feet to breath and dry. They are
very cheap in Malaysia if you need to buy a pair.
Anti fungal powder / cream for important
personal hygiene and feet
The heat and humidity, mud,
rivers and rain can cause "sweat rash" under arms, groin and
chest and if not prevented, is very uncomfortable.
A good relief from this is an anti-fungal cream called "Caneston",
which should be bought at home. Feet also need looking after,
you will get skin peeling if they are continuously wet and not
allowed to dry properly.
Insects and Animals
The jungle is alive with all
sorts of wildlife. 99% will avoid human contact (they hear you
and disappear long before you see them). However Leeches are
quite common and latch on even through wet clothing - They don't
hurt and can be easily removed, expect slight bleeding for a
while after. Before sleep always check your legs, arms, neck and
feet for leeches. They get down inside socks and boots and hide
between toes - during the night they feed on your blood and the
first you know is a bloody sleeping bag in the morning.
Make sure your feet are dry and powdered each night. Check boots
before putting on each morning for insects.
It is important to
wash/shower/clean the body daily in whatever water source is
available. Humid conditions and wet clothing can cause irritable
rashes of the skin. Dry clothing and medicated powder helps to
keep this at bay.
Injections are a matter of
personal choice. Your Medical Centre will be able to advise on
which injections are commended for Malaysia. Malaria Tables,
consult your GP.
Drinking river water and rain water
Not recommended unless in emergency and only after boiling.
Everyone is responsible for collecting and transporting their
rubbish out of the jungle. We will provide rubbish sacks.
It usually rains at night so the tent is always erected first
before anything else.
ALL toilet business should be
conducted some distance from the campsite and away from the
water source. With a shovel bury your excrement do not leave it
on the ground with tissue or leaves covering it.
You would not want to put your foot on someone else's business
would you ?? (it is advisable to 'rattle the bushes and grasses'
to ward off any unwanted wild life before doing your business).
DO NOT go to the toilet in the river - villages downstream use
river water for cooking and drinking - you could give them
You will only be allowed to bring
into the jungle one holdall or soft bag no bigger than 30" L x
18" W. (Suitcases and additional clothes can be left with the
concierge at your Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Passports can either be
left in the Hotel safe or brought with you in a waterproof bag)
Pack clothes into plastic zip bags or waterproof canoe bags
inside the holdall.
Note:- All clothes used in the jungle will get stained by the
mud, especially if wet. It is recommended that you bring clothes
you don't mind getting soiled.
- Long trousers-not thick as they won't dry
- Thin long sleeved shirt
- Sweat shirt and thin fleece
- Stout boots
- Personal toiletries and thin towels
- Small thin hand towels for around the neck-helps with
- Plenty of socks
- Head torch & spare batteries
- Work gloves-several pairs
- Immodium tablets
- Personal medications, first aid plasters etc
Daytime you will live in t-shirts and trousers while working
but shorts can be worn the rest of the time. In the mountains
the temperature drops at night so you will want your sweatshirt
and maybe fleece.
Malaysian currency is the Ringgit (RM) and can be obtained in
most bureau d' change in UK, but you need to order them.
However, you can normally get a better exchange rate in Kuala
Lumpur (£1 = RM7)
Upon arrival in Malaysia you will need money for transportation,
this can be obtained from the airport just after passport
Transport from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur is either by taxi (1
hour) or the KLIA Express Train (25 mins).
Prior to entering the arrival hall a ticket for the taxi must be
purchased. The taxi will take you straight to your hotel.
A ticket for the KLIA Express Train can be either purchased at
the machine by the luggage reclaim or at the ticket office on
level 1 (train station). The train will arrive at Central
Station, Kuala Lumpur, from there take a taxi to your Hotel.
Humidity in the jungle is high. Rainfall, when it happens, is
very heavy. A hotel shower cap makes an excellent cover for
cameras! Cameras should be kept in a padded bag for protection.
Some of the vehicles will not have charging facilities for
batteries. Be sure to bring sufficient for the duration and
spare media cards.
Essential, the temperatures rise to 34-36°C and even the
toughest skin can burn.
Holiday Insurance is the responsibility of the participant
and must be purchased
On the jungle trips, we travel as light as possible.
Camping equipment supplied includes a sleeping bag, mosquito
net and camp beds. Camp is set up beneath large tarpaulins
to keep any storms off, and a real 'campsite' atmosphere is
created from the very first night.