Lupa Masa jungle camp in Borneo

Lupa Masa is a unique jungle camp hidden on the lower slopes of World Heritage Mount Kinabalu National Park that has been developed with Adventure Alternative Borneo. Lupa Masa literally translates as ‘forgotten time’ and many travellers do just that. The trips below include time spent in this eco-lodge in the rainforest.

Set amongst primary rainforest, it is the perfect place for an introduction to the diversity of Borneo’s famous flora and fauna, as well as a retreat for those who simply want to relax in a beautiful environment surrounded by nature. Only a thirty-minute walk from the village of Poring, guests get their first taste of the rainforest on the guided walk into camp.

The following trips include Lupa Masa jungle camp in their itinerary. Alternatively, you can make an individual booking to stay there.

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Activities at Lupa Masa

There are many activities for guests at Lupa Masa jungle camp. It is highly recommended to join the guided night trek that visits the surrounding trails; lastly 45mins, this simple trek gives guests a chance to see some spectacular nocturnal wildlife. Long and short daytrips can be arranged to various locations near camp, as well as the fascinating jungle survival course lead by our local leaders.

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A loot at the architecture of Lupa Masa Jungle Camp. Accommodations are basic, but the experience is real.

The surrounding forests are rich in mammal, bird and plant life and treks have included sightings of the Slow Loris, the Western Tarsier, the Long-tailed Porcupine, the Yellow-throated Marten, the Rajah Brook Birdwing Butterfly and Wallace’s Flying Frog, a vast array of butterflies, dragonflies and fireflies, cicadas, frogs or even hooting gibbons. When in season, the Giant Rafflesia and many wild orchids can be found flowering nearby.

Guests can also enjoy their days spent on the sun deck by the river, relaxing in a hammock or swimming in the nearby river and waterfall. Lupa Masa is a great place to relax and explore, a perfect blend of adventure and reflection.

There's much exploring to do along waterways. Relax by nearby waterfalls and streams.

Lupa Masa Jungle Camp Accommodation

Built entirely from local bamboo and reclaimed wood, accommodation at Lupa Masa jungle camp is rustic but comfortable. Sleeping open-air with mosquito nets, guests have the chance to immerse themselves in the surrounding sights and sounds of the rainforest. Awaken every morning to the symphony of birds, a truly magical experience. All of the accommodations at this camp include a mosquito net, it is the jungle after all.

There is also the option to sleep within tents on the open-air bamboo structures for those wanting more privacy. It is recommended to pack light for you stay in the jungle.

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Pundocks, a type of hammock, is a basic sleeping accommodation at Lupa Masa.

Facilities at Lupa Masa

The facilities at Lupa Masa jungle camp are simple and all ecologically sound. The hydroelectric power supply is the primary source of electricity at camp, supplemented by a fuel generator when the river is low.

Simple private showers and taps are supplied from the surrounding rivers and water use is kept to a minimum. There are western toilets that require a ‘bucket flush’. All of the facilities are built from recycled or sustainable material. It’s truly a treat to see a glass bottle wall or a bamboo showerhead. 

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Campers enjoy some rest, relaxation, and conversation in one of the common areas.

Meals are vegetarian and include rice with numerous jungle vegetables that are grown in the surrounding area and supplied by the local village markets. All food is organic where possible, food waste is composted and plastic and other materials are limited in their use. Food is served in a communal eating area so you can get to know other campers and talk with guides about the incredible things you’ve seen throughout the day.

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Recommendations for Staying at Lupa Masa

Lupa Masa is a great opportunity for those who are traveling with us on our bespoke holidays as a stopover while traveling across Sabah. Most guests opt to spend one or two nights here. People revel at the idea of experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells of jungle life. Lupa Masa jungle camp provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

Many of our guests choose to spend some time at Lupa Masa between climbing one of Borneo’s peaks, such as Mount Kinabalu, and embarking on a jungle safari. Relaxing for a few days in a remote jungle camp allows you to reset after your big climb up Mount Kinabalu. It also gets you ready for the Borneo jungle safari ahead of you.

What to Bring to Lupa Masa

The jungle is a fascinating place, but it is certainly not an easy place to visit. Having breathable clothing that also protects you from bugs and wildlife is essential. Sturdy shoes for walking are also advised. We advise that you take a look at our suggested packing lists for a detailed look at specific kits. If you are joining us on a jungle safari, then you will not need anything different to visit Lupa Masa than our suggested kit.