First of all, hats off to Howard for being an excellent host and for creating a unique and very impressive establishment. His work at the Tip of Borneo is unparalleled and inspirational!
We came to the Tip of Borneo, hoping for a place to relax, enjoy the beaches and jungle. There are only a handful of places to stay at the Tip (at the moment - it's only a matter of time before the Tip is seriously developed). The description of Tampat (as well as the definition) is that it's a place of peace and quiet. And this would certainly be true had it not been for the two Australian school-groups who were at the camp at the same time as us. This negatively affected our experience, and meant our time in the jungle was not as peaceful as we would've liked.
In all fairness, Howard apologised for not warning us in advance. However, prior to booking this place we recommend that you confirm with Howard that he doesn't have a school group booked - Tampat is a very popular place with school groups and volunteers throughout the year.
If you're lucky enough to get Tampat to yourself, or share it with a few quiet others, then you're in for a very unique and memorable experience. The camp is basic but it serves its purpose and is done in a tasteful and authentic way. We recommend the longhouse rooms, as the small 'private' huts don't have the same ventilation or headroom. Mosquito repellant is a must for the evenings, but all the longhouse rooms do have quality mosquito nets and fans. If you get the chance, take a walk out to the rice paddy in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the coconut palms.
Howard's Tip Top restaurant is the most popular place to eat, but there are other restaurants further up towards the Tip. The food isn't the cheapest, but the portions are large, the quality is good, and the menu is varied. Howard has plans to expand the camp and we wonder how that will impact the overall environment, where resources (water can be a real issue, and staff seem to be in short supply) are already strained. Howard is already burning both ends of the candle, more isn't always better...
all the best Howard!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome friends. At the Tip of Borneo lies an Eco resort and jungle camp called Tampat Do Aman. In the local Rungus language this means "a place of friends".We are located by the only road that leads to this phenomenally beautiful coastline that stretches from the Tip of Borneo 10km to the south, incorporating eight of the best beaches Sabah has to offer. The area really is a jewel in the crown of Sabah. In Tampat Do Aman Tip of Borneo you will find : A Jungle camp (Traditional Rungus long House), A beach front restaurant and Bar (“Tip Top”) and an activities center. If you are a nature lover like us then there is lots to do here in Tip of Borneo. Our activities center offers bicycles and snorkeling gear for rent. There are different trekking and night tours happening and you can even take a course in Jungle Survival. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tampat Do Aman Jungle Camp Kudat, Sabah