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Globally #indigenous #languages are disappearing as traditions and customs are replaced by the modern day. In places like #Malaysia where a common language (Malay) is becoming the spoken norm, younger generations are growing up with little encouragement to learn their mother tongue. The #Murut Tribe, an indigenous minority of ancient Bornean head hunters, are the people of Borneo's interior. For many generations they have managed to carve a life from the forest and the bounty it provides through a life of subsistence. This way of life can still be seen today as many of the remote Murut communities still hunt for wild meat and rely on the forest as a resource. The Murut are not immune to the pressures of modernisation. Estimates predict the Murut language could be extinct within the next 20 years. Orou Sapulot is a community based tourism initiative that provides visitors an insight into the Murut way of life. As an adventure destination tourists have a choice of off the beaten track activities to get amongst such as caving, climbing, waterfall exploration and rapid shooting. The hub of operations occurs at the Gunting family farm where agro & cultural tourism is being developed to help preserve the language, dances and other traditions of the Murut people.⠀ ⠀ Please share your stories in the comments below and help spread the word about responsible travel and what each of us can do to support sustainable tourism initiatives and become more conscientious travellers. #planeta #rtweek18
There's no better view than that from above looking down at the world around you. From the peak of #MountKinabalu the world below seems to be dwarfed by the enormity of the mountain. When we take a picture we are capturing a moment, a memory, a snapshot in time. Today's topic for #rtweek18 is #photography we can share our experiences and the essence of a destination through our photos to help build awareness and a sense of discovery for what lies beyond the horizon. Photographing the milky way with a hint of the sun reaching the horizon from the top of Mount Kinabalu provides a view of the world offered nowhere else. The chance to climb the mountain is awarded to a limited number of individuals keeping within the national park's quota for visitors to the peak. By capping the number of daily visitors, authorities are able to reduce the impact to the natural environment and provide a more exclusive experience for those who have hiked the summit without the disturbance of large crowds. ⠀ ⠀ Please share your stories in the comments below and help spread the word about responsible travel and what each of us can do to support sustainable tourism initiatives and become more conscientious travellers.⠀
A highlight for any visitor to Sabah is the #KinabatanganRiver being that our next topic for #rtweek18 is #water as Sabah's longest river the Kinabatangan is the embodiment of this life giving resource. Tourism along the Kinabatangan River has provided opportunities for local communities to harness their natural environment as a sustainable source of income. Opportunities along the Kinabatangan are few and far between with most people relying on a subsistent lifestyle of fishing or working in the palm oil industry, which has already decimated vast areas of this sensitive ecosystem. As an important migratory route for Bornean pygmy elephants, a RAMSAR site for rare and threatened wetland birds and a stronghold for some of Borneo's most threatened wildlife the Kinabatangan River deserves safeguarding for future generations. By continuing to improve tourism through responsible practices the Kinabatangan could act as an example of how tourism has provided positive outcomes for the people and wildlife of a tourist destination.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Please share your stories in the comments below and help spread the word about responsible travel and what each of us can do to support sustainable tourism initiatives and become more conscientious travellers.
Continuing with the theme of #rtweek18 our next topic is #WildlifeTourism. Wildlife tourism provides a number of positive benefits to wildlife populations and natural areas. ⠀ By placing economic importance on the conservation of natural areas and wildlife populations tourist destinations can ensure the enhancement and continued protection of important habitat for wildlife. In Sabah one of the destinations setting the standard for wildlife tourism is the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Situated in the heart of the Danum Valley Conservation Area this premium property provides luxury and comfort in a jungle setting that can sometime be overwhelmingly humid and uncomfortable for visitors. It is the type of place where you can have your breakfast overlooking the Segama River, whilst red leaf monkeys feed and play in the trees just next to where you are sitting, wild boar and dear casually running through the grounds of the property. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is committed to operating in a responsible manner reducing the impact of their operations by choosing sustainable alternatives. ⠀ ⠀ Please share your stories in the comments below and help spread the word about responsible travel and what each of us can do to support sustainable tourism initiatives and become more conscientious travellers.
As a part of #rtweek18 we will be linking responsible travel topics with tourist destinations in Sabah. On the topic of #parks & #protectedareas we've chosen #MaliauBasin also known as Sabah's Lost World, a bowl shaped biome surrounded by a mountainous rim with towering forests carpeting the landscape within. Looking somewhat like a huge volcanic caldera the steep walls of the basin range from 300-1600 metres in height creating a natural barrier that has isolated the basin from the rest of the world. The near 600 square kilometre protected area is almost the same size of Singapore! Another distinctive feature of Maliau Basin is the majestic 7 tier #MaliauFalls that feeds the water shed from the basin out to the lowlands and eventually the Kinabatangan, Sabah' largest river. Stations throughout the protected area provide off grid stop overs for visitors trekking through the basin. Maliau's remoteness and isolation mean that few people visit the area making it a unique place to visit. Please share your stories in the comments below and help spread the word about responsible travel and what each of us can do to support sustainable tourism initiatives and become more conscientious travellers. #responsibletravel
Travel and tourism has the potential to provide positive benefits to local communities and the natural environment. By taking a responsible approach to tourism both travellers and tour operators can enhance these positive impacts by giving back to the land and the people that are so much a part of what is at the heart of a destination. ⠀ ⠀ This year we are getting behind the tenth year for the annual Responsible Travel Week #rtweek18 to help raise awareness around responsible travel and how we can all make a positive impact through the way we travel and the operators we choose to support or work with. This week we will be focusing on the importance of protected areas, wildlife tourism, water, photography and indigenous language. If you would like to be part of the conversation sharing stories from your responsible travel experiences, be sure to tag your posts #rtweek18 and follow @planetanews on Twitter to help get the word out!⠀ ⠀ Please share your stories in the comments below and help spread the word about responsible travel and what each of us can do to support sustainable tourism initiatives and become more conscientious travellers.
SRT Director @charles808 #IGTakeover - Etosha National Park is an incredible place. This was definitely one of the highlights - A young male leopard stalking an injured zebra, and did not realise the pride of 6 lions closing in on him. The leopard barely made it away from the attacking lion, and ran up a tree seconds later. The abundance of wildlife is a great example of amazing Africa. #wildtropics