The Borneo Post

Trans Borneo Land Below the Wind back with vengeance


KOTA KINABALU: Following a year of hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trans Borneo Land Below the Wind (TBLBW) event is making a return, this time with plenty of new aspiration­s.

The TBLBW is the sole promotiona­l tourism revival event in Sabah for 2021 and it seeks to help jumpstart Sabah back to her nature tourism heyday, back before the pandemic forced it to a screeching halt.

TBLBW is a hybrid 4x4 road adventure that covers several districts in Sabah for the duration of seven days. This year, the event is set to take place from 12 to 19 of December.

The expedition will be divided into two types of tour class options, namely the Touring Class (travelling mainly on the main road or gravelled roads; suitable for normal 4x4 vehicles, as well as the Hardcore Class (will be travelling on hardcore routes; requires modified 4x4 vehicles).

This event is open to 100 participan­ts (limited to 50 vehicles) and registrati­on is on a first-come-first-served basis.

The expedition will be starting in Kota Kinabalu, with pit stops along Mari Mari, Tamaza, Mesilau, Poring, Kun Kun, Sandakan, Taliwas and Bohey Dulang in Semporna as the last stop.

Each tour class will be going on separate routes and meet at certain pit stops.

The main objective and aspiration of TBLBW are to promote and restore the inbound travel and tourism industry in Sabah to both local and niche internatio­nal markets.

It also aims to promote CHAN (culture, cuisine & conservati­on; history & heritage; adventure & agricultur­e; nature & nightlife) tourism in Sabah.

At the end of the day, TBLBW would like to bring its participan­ts to explore the national beauty and splendour of Sabah, while encouragin­g the love for the great outdoors and healthy living, and ultimately, to test man and machine against the great hardcore terrains of Sabah.

This event is also expected to provide opportunit­ies to local cottage industry players to showcase their products and services, as well as to reignite the local homestay businesses.

As of today, the team from North Borneo Explorer Sdn Bhd has done several recce visits to the locations in order to confirm the routes that will be taken during the expedition.

According to North Borneo Explorer’s director, Anuar Ghani, for the hardcore route, the recce team had had to abort the mission due to severe road conditions as well as the elephant migration.

Hence, for wildlife enthusiast­s, there is a good chance of wildlife sighting during the upcoming expedition.

TBLBW is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environmen­t Sabah (MTCE), the Sabah Tourism Board, and the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Associatio­n (MITA).

Sponsors for this event include CST Tyres, Angkatan Hebat Sdn Bhd, Permai Polyclinic and the Sabah Energy Corporatio­n. Yayasan Sabah has also granted the expedition team permission to camp at Taliwas and pass through Luasong through the Kun Kun and Imbak Canyon Road.

Participat­ion fees for the TBLBW expedition is RM2,500 for jump-seaters, RM2,100 for public entries, as well as RM1,750 for students and trainees (young Trans Borneo Explorers in the tourism, automotive and multimedia fields).

The registrati­on form can be downloaded from www. transborne­ and sent to northborne­

The deadline for registrati­on is on Nov 30.

Interested parties are advised to hurry as slots for both tour classes are selling fast.

 ?? ?? Anuar (centre) with the director of Sabah Parks, Maklarin Lakim, and deputy director Ludi Apin (right).
Anuar (centre) with the director of Sabah Parks, Maklarin Lakim, and deputy director Ludi Apin (right).
 ?? ?? Extreme off road conditions in Imbak Canyon.
Extreme off road conditions in Imbak Canyon.

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