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Today was the BEST day! Three different types of amazing animals native to Borneo. Banana pancakes on the roof overlooking the ocean before an early visit to the Sepilok Orang utan sanctuary, where baby orang utans are rescued, rehabilitated and then released into the wild. The sanctuary is unfenced, so some never come back, whilst others used to …
Well, the rain did stop eventually and after 5 days we even saw some sunshine.
We have experienced a whole range of emotions in north east Borneo:
we've been soaked through again and again and had to put on our wet clothes again for work sessions;
we've suffered at the hands (or perhaps we should say the teeth) of the …
... There wasn't much else to do so we went back to watch Game of Thrones in our lodge and had an early night. It was surprisingly noisy and trying to sleep in the jungle was difficult at first which I hadn't expected. We also had a couple of episodes of unwanted jumpy bugs in our room which Rob was very bad at killing.
We went on a jungle trek the next morning with our guide Azman. I was a bit hesitant after hearing about ...
... in a small twin prop machine with wheels that don’t retract. Never enjoyable to be weighed in public, holding your hand luggage at check in, but great fun flying low over the jungle/palm oil plantations that blight this land, with The Kid making full use of the sick bag facilities.
We made straight to Sepilok, a small town some 25kms out of Sandakan, staying at Paganakan Dii a hotel on the edge of a deer park with crocodiles. On arrival we were ...
... see and have a slow minimal effort rolling and climbing style to them. They seem very relaxed and unhurried in what they do. They were also joined by a small army of much more sprightly long tailed Macaque's who were also privy to the free feeds that were on offer. Feeding was around thirty minutes and then one by one they all drifted back off into the dense forest that surrounded us. I thought that was it for the Orangutans and that we would only see them at ...