The 27th BORNEO SAFARI INTERNATIONAL OFF ROAD CHALLENGE EVENT 2017
29th October 2017 (Sunday)
Day1 Welcome to Kampung Oval. Papar
It is the official launch and flag off the 27th Borneo Safari International Off Road Challenge at Sabah Tourism Board headquarters along Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu at 9 a.m. sharp by Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah),Faez Nordin(President of Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association). Mr.Masayuji Suzuki(COO of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.). Mr.Amri Hasim(GM of UMW Grantt International Sdn. Bhd.) and all other sponsors.
After the flag off, the convoy will break into two teams; Team A and Team B. Team A, the main convoy which consists of the Scout group, Expedition Leader Group, Event Director Group, Medic Group, Photographer Group, Competition Group, Competitors& Support Group, Camp Manager Group, Chuck Wagon Group and Media Group will proceed to the construction site behind Benoni Commercial Centre, Papar for the first Special Stage(SS) or Prologue where the Borneo Safari International Off Road Challenge begins for the hardcore competitors. The competitors should expect up to five SS to be carried out at this site.
The participants will enjoy a seaside view as they travel along the Putatan Road before turning into the New Papar Road to prologue site at Benoni, which is located after the Papar town. After the prologue, Team A will proceed to Kampung Ovai to campsite is approximately 60 km.
Team B which consists of the Tag On Group, Environment Group and Sweeper Group, will drive up to the riverside nearby Manis Manis Nature Resort & Spa, Kimanis to set up campsite and rest for the night.
Drive must refill at petrol at Papar(TeamA) or Kimanis(Team B) as this will be the last stop for fuel. Both Team As and Team Bs campsites are located beside river with water for cleaning and washing.
30th October 2017(Monday)
Day 2 The Hardcore Section Begins
At dawn, competitors shall ready to compete in another four SS with the possibility of a night SS at Kampung Ovai. The medic group will set up a campsite to give free medical check up and medicines to the villagers.
The scout group will enter the hardcore section in the morning which will be followed by the media group after visiting the SS sites. The hardcore section is an unused timber track that has been abandoned 20 years ago. It is not too challenging yet but there are two main obstactcles to overcome. The first obstable is a section of landslide that must be cleared for the convoy to go through. The second obstable is a 10 feet V-gully to pass through either by building a temporary bridge or flattening the sides using manpower. Teamwork is expected from everyone in the main convoy to overcome both obstacles to reach the next campsite on before sunset. Team A shall set up campsite at Limpagok River. The distance to the campsite is a relatively short 4.5 km only.
Team B will not enter the hardcore section yet but instead they will be setting up campsite at Kampung Lingan Lama Recreation Pond 129, Papar. It is a fishing centre and everyone is welcomed to enjoy fishing there which means you can bring your own fishing rod!
31st October 2017 (Tuesday)
Day 3 The Uphill Battle
The greatest challenge in this years route begins for the leading vehicles in the main convoy. The scout group will be attempting to make the first climb to the top of the hill which is only about 2.5 km long. Due to the continuous heavy rain since the last two months, the terrains are rated extremely hardcore and challenging. The slippery condition means that all vehicles must winch all the way to the top of the hills.
There will be no SS in this route and Team A must focus to reach the next campsite which is located at the highest peak at an elevation of more than 300 meter abovethe sea level. The weather is expected to be cooler at night so participants are advised to pack sufficient warm clothing. Fresh water may be hard to find so brace yourself for limited cleaning and washing.
Finally, Team B is expected to start entering the hardcore section on Day 3 and they are expected to set up campsite near to Limpagok River.
1st November 2017 (Wednesday) 2nd November 2017 (Thursday)
Day 4 to Day 5 Surviving the Hills
The SS will resume at the hilltops on Day 4. Meanwhile, Team A will move forward along the hardcore section at higher elevation before the hill descend begins for the next two days. Some of the obstacles along this stretch are two landslides and two broken bridges which once again require teamwork from all the participants may have to stay two nights at the same campsite along this stretch of the hills. There will be no SS at this section of the route.
The scout and media groups are expected to reach the campsite at Kanpung Mandalipaus riverside at the end of Day 5 which will be a big relief for everyone due to the lack of fresh water the last two days.
The Medic Group will once again set up a camp at Kampung Mandlipau to perform free medical check ups for the villagers of Kampung Mandalipau during the day.
3rd November 2017 (Friday) 4th November 2017 (Saturday)
Day 6 to Day 7 Team A and Team B Regroup
Once Team A has reached the Mandalipau River campsite, the remaining SS will be completed in time for the return journey to Kota Kinabalu. Team A abd Team B will regroup at this campsite and the last vehicle is expected to arrive on Day 7.
The media group is expected to stay up to three nights at this campsite so there will be ample opportuntities to test drive the Isuzu Monster cars and take full coverage of the remaining SS.
The total distance covered over the last four days is expected to be around 30 km.
5th November 2017 (Sunday)
Day 8 The Closing Dinner Ceremony
After the final Special Stages, the convoy will proceed to Kota Kinabalu for the closing dinner and the award presentation ceremony which will start at 6.30 pm at the Hakka Association Banquet Hall. The invited Guest of Honour is Y.B. Datuk Jonistan Bangkuai, the Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board and Datuk Yeo Boon Hai, The Mayor of Kota Kinabalu City Hall.
The return journey covers a distance of 60 km and travelling time of more than two hours on sealed roads. In summary, the participants will cover a distance of 150 km at the end of this years Borneo Safari.