It's a jungle out there.

Trip Start Jul 31, 2009
Trip End Sep 07, 2009

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Nature Lodge

Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Friday, August 7, 2009

So after Kota Kinabalu (or KK as it shall henceforth be known), we headed to the jungle for 3 days 2 nights. Or as Jim a South African guy went on a rant about, it was really only worked out a day and a bit and 2 nights. 

It was a 5 hour bus ride to the middle of no-where, and we were dropped off at the side of the road beside a little cafe type thing.  Not really sure what was happening next, we had something to eat, and then a minibus turned up to take us into the heart of the rainforest. Well, after it broke down outside the cafe for 20 minutes.

Having been jungle trekking in the amazon, I was preparing for the worst, but I couldn't have hoped for better accommodation.  Clean rooms, REAL toilets and a surprising lack of mosquitoes made it a rather pleasant few days.

We were enticed on this jungle experience by the poster in our hostel, showing photos of pygmy elephants, orangutans and those cute little monkeys that are the size of your finger.  In reality we got elephant shit (about 6 hours old according to our guide), a distant silhouette in a tree (which we were assured was an orangutan by our guide) and a photograph of those little monkeys on the cover of my Lonely Planet guide.  It was still a fun couple of days though. We saw lots of monkeys, mostly Mecaque but quite a few Proboscis monkeys.  Those are the ones that God though it would be funny to put a big pink cock on their face. Like Ben Afleck.

Staying in our room were a Slovenian couple, Jasna and Rok, whom we ended up travelling with for the next week.  These two are lovely, despite being world class bullshitters. :) One of the first things they told us was a very elaborate lie involving an Australian island and a world wide competition. We ate it up of course, and pretty soon we learned not to believe a word they said. The problem with this of course, is that when they did tell the truth, no one believed them, so by the end we decided they weren't married at all, until eventually they had to show us their wedding video.

One of the things I was worried about the most coming to Borneo was the stories I'd read about the leeches here.  They have the "Red Striped Tiger Leech" here, and if that doesn't scare the shit out of you I don't know what will.  I always thought leeches were little black things that lived in the water. Stay out of the water and you'll be ok. Wrong.  Not only do they live on land, but in trees and on plants, so they can latch onto you as you walk by.  And those wee buggers can move too.  Here's a video of one.

I heard stories about people waking up during the night and the ground was literally moving, a writhing mass of blood sucking worms, all crawling towards you in the dark, the smell of your blood driving them into a monstrous feeding frenzy...

... but in the end wasn't too bad. :)  We seen a few, but managed to avoid them.  Except for Laura who found one on her foot and screamed the house down. 
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