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School Trips to Kota Kinabalu

Your school expedition to Borneo will largely be based around Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah on the northwest coast of Borneo. However, you’ll also travel to Sepilok on the Sandankan Peninsula to visit an Orangutan rehabilitation centre!

Often referred to as KK, Kota Kinabalu is the ideal base for a school expedition exploring all that Borneo has to offer. All the exciting attractions of the state of Sabah are within easy reach, from jungles and beaches to the impressive Mount Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu is incredibly multicultural, and so is a fantastic representation of Malaysia as a whole, in that regard. You’ll be able to spend time with local rural tribes, while also experiencing the cultural melting pot of the city.

On your school expedition to Borneo, your students will love exploring the sights of Kota Kinabalu, including Signal Hill, which offers spectacular views of the city and nearby islands. You’ll also see some spectacular mosques and don’t miss the opportunity to capture the magical sunset from the KK Waterfront or Tanjung Aru beach.

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School Expedition to Borneo

From £2,199pp
11 days, 9 nights
Air trip
Multi-centre trip

Kota Kinabalu also offers some insight into British colonialism and its effects on Borneo. The city was once known as Jesseltown, after Sir Charles Jessel who was the Vice Chairman of the British North Borneo Company who had established a colony there to exploit the island’s impressive natural resources.

The town became a major trading post in the region and dealt with rubber, rattan, honey and wax. The city was almost destroyed during WW2, as the British razed it in retreat from the Japanese who had taken over the island and later due to Allied bombing campaigns. The British North Borneo Company couldn’t afford to rebuild Jesseltown and so handed control over to the British Crown in 1946. It was renamed Kota Kinabalu in 1967, four years after the forming of the Federation of Malaysia.

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School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

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Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

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Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.