The Mark's Lodge
Travel Blogs from Sandakan
Our second attempt at finding the Rainforest Park in Sandakan was successful. It was to be found at the end of Jalan Tshen Ngen, in a Chinese estate, with a barrier at the perimeter, perhaps for a curfew. It was only the Chinese ethnic population who seemed to be using the park and its steep tarmacked trails, prompting several confused looks at Priya and I, as we embarked on one of the trails. The trees were marked out with their names and uses, as we found the ...
... leave and my camera battery ends. As we leave I head to the area where we first were briefed and amazingly the three orangutans who descended have now climbed a tree right at the entrance. I am yet again entranced and even pull out my iPad. Leaving sepilok we board the bus headed to Bilit Rainforest lodge. We arrived after about an hour the last part very bumpy. We board a boat to cross the murky brown river and arrive at a sanctuary. It looks like a South American house with ...
... station so we were able to hire a minivan to take us out there. James did some sterling haggling so we were off to hopefully see the giant apes in there natural environment.
Sepilok has 250 wild orangutans and approx 48 who still come and feed from bananas now and again.
Today the Orang-utans waited out of sight for lunch to arrive and the Macca's didn't. Macca's (the ones with red bums and a longish tail) aren't scared of humans only wary of ...
... Utans through their life. After the video we decided to have one last look at the feeding area to see if any of them were still lurking around. When we went back there was no one else there but me and Delsha, it was so quiet & soooo many monkeys plus one Orang-Utan who was sitting on the ledge just swinging his legs back and fourth. So ...
... we knew we should be encouraging them to climb and not coming to the humans all the time, we just couldn't say no. As a compromise between what we knew we should do and what we wanted to do we only squeezed them when they were climbing on something. One day Sue tried to run up the hill by the outdoor platforms rather than go the long way round up the path and has her weekly fall in the process of doing so! It's incredibly funny whilst she's not hurting herself and ...
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