Travel Blogs from Sandakan
We have arrived to Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia! It was a long day of travel. We said goodbye to our families at the Macau Airport at 9am and we just checked in to our hotel at 8:30pm. We quickly dumped off our luggage and headed out for some dinner. We were hungry! We found a cute little restaurant beside the ocean and we sat outside enjoying the sea air and 26+C temperatures. We had some yummy food ...
... optional fishing trip
5:00 8:30 boat trip for viewing and jungle night walk
6:00 8:30wake up, coffee and boat for wildlife viewing
8:30 10:00 breakfast, packing and return to the real world
The accommodations were spartan to say the least. 10 shacks in a line with wire mesh screens for windows and no doors. There were 3 queen sized 4" foam mattresses on the floors with mosquito ...
... machettes and digging with spades in the forests
we've seen more bugs - some of them huge - than we ever knew existed. we've had bugs in our room, monkeys on our chalet roof, and exotic birds outside our windows
But we have also loved seeing the local wildlife, especially the O's living their life of freedom in the wild, and also the comic-looking proboscus monkeys.
We've been privileged to have had close contact with the local community, eating ...
... that they are four times as strong as a human.
The next day we went to the rehab centre and watched a video giving us some vital data on the orangutans before going out to watch their ten AM feeding. Three orangutans and a monkey appeared on the platform. All of these are females. The males are much more wild and have what are called flangs - these are large jowls or cheeks which change their entire head shape and ...
... little hut and got on the boat back down river. I think if we hadn't had a plane booked for that evening we might have stayed for another night, but unfortunately we didn't have the time to do so. I was also really looking forward to a shower, as the only way to clean yourself in the jungle is either to jump in the river (that we had been croc hunting on - not actually hunting, just to clarify!) or use the buckets by the toilets to throw river water over yourself. We were muddy and I ...