Borneo Family Safari 2008


5 Feb - the day before (we leave at 044 hrs on 6 Feb)

Today we did all the pre trip video shoot. Eunice was interviewed, and then we went down to Mitsubishi showroom and interviewed Simon Wang, the sales manager. This webmaster who is also expedition leader was also interviewed. We'll let you know when the programme would be out on RTM TV1. Stay tuned.

This is Eunice on set with Tokino being the main cameraman.

Malcolm was interviewed at Mitsubishi and spoke about what is to come. He is seen here with the expedition vehicle of choice the Mitsubishi Triton that is going to carry the RTM crew 3,400 all the way from Kuching to Sandakan.




Simon Wang pointed out the finer aspects of the Triton - fast, powerful, economy and comfortable - with the new independent A arm suspension.

That's Kelvin messing with the sticker. He is going to drive the Triton and carry the RTM crew.


UPDATED: 4 February..

Our gang at BORNEO4X4  had always marked the long Chinese New Year holidays as a good time to go on a road tour. CNY holidays is a time when timber camps close and there are no trucks to bother you on the many logging road that link the villages and places in the far hilly and often scenic interior. We're planning a trip for the coming CNY Holidays.

This was our group with Pa Tagal Paran at Ba'Kelalan, a trip to remember.

What? A safari through the northern parts of Sarawak covering Miri-Lawas-Tawau. This would be an expedition style safari where some nights will be spent camping and others at local resorts and accommodation. This is suitable to families as it would be a touring and a drive with stops at scenic places.


The route and the options that are opened for cutting short or extending the trip.











Duration? from Kuching 8D/7N from 6 to 13 February, 2008. As with any trip, you can always cut short (some want to open their businesses) or even lengthen your trip.

We would be collecting an entry fee to cover the cost of Shirts and vehicle stickers.

Your vehicle would need to be in tip top condition and Mud Terrain Tyres are a MUST. A winch would also be nice to have for self recovery.

All participants need to have a good attitude towards going on an off road drive as many things can happen e.g., bridges can get washed away, your car can also get washed away and serious mechanicals can happen. Often one has to deal with issues as best one can. Participants are encouraged to bring along spares and details of vehicle preparation and spares can be found on this link.

Full expedition checklist can be found on this link.

Suggested itinerary.

Day/ Date




Wed 6Feb



Overnight at Parkcity Everly Hotel

Thurs 7 Feb

Miri - Lawas


Passing through Brunei. Overnight in Lawas. Meet up with Labo

Fri 8 Feb

Lawas Tawau* Going into Sabah through Beaufort to Keningau to Kelabakan to Tawau


Overnight at Heritage Hotel.

Sat 9 Feb

Tawau- Semporna- Lahad Datu to Sandakan


Leisure sightseeing of the southern towns of Sabah. Overnight in Sandakan

Sun 10 Feb

Leisure day in Sandakan. Fishing Trip


Overnight in Sandakan

Mon 11 Feb

Leave Sandakan for Kota Kinabalu of Sipitang to go back to Sarawak



Please note that:

  • We would be passing through Brunei and those in need of a visa to Brunei need to prepare before hand. Also change some Brunei Dollars for toll and fuel and food/refreshments.
  • We would be buying our own meals either in local eateries or supplies and cook them ourselves, especially on camping days.
  • Only well prepared cars need to apply for this trip. You must have MUD TERRAIN tyres with 80% tread and the vehicle must be in very good reliable operating condition. A winch would be very advantageous. Suspension and body lift are optional.
  • A tent is a must, we will never know where we will be sleeping as conditions will determine our journey and prpgress.

Who will be on the trip?


No of people

1 Eunice and Malcolm Jitam 2 Toyota BJ73
2 Labo (Lawas) and friends 2 Toyota Hilux
3 Jong Tze Fui and friends 2 Mazda Fighter
4 Lo Boon (Voon Foh Jin) and friends 4 Toyota BJ60 /LC2
5 Kelvin 4 Mitsubishi Triton

There would have been more people on this trip but the school holidays are not coordinated with some school closing early and some schools only getting public holidays. 5 families had to cancel this trip, our heart goes out to the families and kids who are disappointed that they're not able to hit the roads.