Of Orang Utans, Proboscis monkeys & other wildlife

Trip Start Aug 29, 2012
Trip End Feb 06, 2013

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Where I stayed
Kinabatangan Jungle Camp Sandakan
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Monday, October 29, 2012

My first real highlight came along. And it was one! I got to see the wild Orang Utans.That's why I came to Borneo in the first place, apart from the diving of course. I booked into the Kinabatangan Jungle Camp which was highly recommended by my friends. I was greeted like a long lost friend and I have to say it's a home away from home - just with more mosquitos. 
I only spent two nights there but the boat rides and the walk we made were truly amazing. I learned that not every brown lump is an Orang Utan and not every branch or leaf is a bird. The animals are really hard to spot. I don't want to know how many eyes were staring at us and stayed hidden in the forest. 
Apart from the Orangs I got to see crocodiles, otters, snakes, hornbills in all different sizes, eagles, king fishers, plenty of other birds and not to forget macaques and of course the funny looking Proboscis monkey. 
To get a proper close-up look at the Orang Utans I went back to Sepilok to visit the Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre. Once they close the gates they offer night walks through the centre. Not only you can watch the Orang Utans making their nest but it's a great spot to encounter the flying squirrels. It was only three of us and the ranger that night which was ace. We even got into an area which usually is closed to the public. Throughout the walk we saw a mouse-deer, vipers, a funky looking hammer-head worm and a scorpion.
Apart from the wildlife there is not much else in Sepilok you can do. The village consists mainly of lodges and there is no town centre. But our lodge had this great Jacuzzi and within the boiling hours during midday it's just fantastic.
Being in Borneo I keep hearing and reading about activities and sights and there's a long list with stuff to do. What I've seen so far was just scratching the surface. I can already say that this is not the last time I'm in Borneo. The only downfall I've seen here that most of the rainforest was chopped down to make way for palm oil plantations. One can only hope that Malaysia is not going to sell the rest of Borneo for more profit. 
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Jalscha on

Oh how absolutely marvellous. Very glad you liked the place and lovely, that you have seen Orang Utans in the wild. Your Sepilok night walk experience also sounds fabulous - I wish I was there!

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