First jungle experience

Trip Start Jul 27, 2012
Trip End Aug 19, 2012

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Where I stayed
Chalet A
What I did
Macaques, proboscis monkeys, green pit viper, tarantula, kingfisher

Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Monday, July 30, 2012

Normally we'd take the normal bus to Bako at 9:00, unfortunately 40 minutes later it still hadn't arrived. Luckily a mini-van stopped and asked if we'd go to Bako, of course we hopped on and further on we picked up a Dutch couple.
45 minutes later we arrived at the administrative centre of the park, and after all the paper work we stepped into a small speedboat. The NP is only accessible by 'jetty boats'.

There are 17 trails for hiking and exploring a part of the NP, we choose the most popular half-day trek called Lintang Trail, supposedly best for seeing the apes. Luckily we heard some further down the trail, but only quite far and difficult to take pictures.
Hiking here on Borneo is quite exhausting, our guide book tells us that 1 km in the tropics is equal to 2 km elsewhere, I certainly doubt that. We've never sweat so much before, enough drinking is key!
It's impossible to describe all the noises you can hear in this jungle, you always have the feeling it's right next to you but you don't see it at all.
The trail itself changes very often: from densely packed trees and other plants to so called Kerangas (more open areas on rock surfaces).
Almost at the end of the trail, we took another trail leading to Kecil Beach. It was the hardest and longest walk ever to get to a beach. Climbing and descending, climbing-descending... until after an hour or so we finally reached a fantastic beach!

When we were about to arrive to HQ (head quarter) we finally saw some macaques close by and further on some proboscis monkeys. They were even seen on the beach right in front of HQ.

After dinner, we joined the guided night excursion, the best bit of the whole park. The guides were looking with a torch light in the trees right next to wooden trail. In 1,5 h we saw some tarantulas, green pit viper (poisonous), kingfisher, frogs, small snake, stick insect (wandelende tak),... . Fascinating !!

Unfortunately we hardly slept in our dorm during the night, so on Tuesday we skipped the Big Loop Trail (12,5 km - 8,5 hr walk). In stead we choose 2 smaller trails, where we had some close encounters with macaques, nice up-close pictures coming up soon.

A one night stay at Bako NP: highly recommended !!
Accommodation is pretty basic, but hey you're staying in the middle of the jungle.

Around 15:30 our boatman dropped us off again at the administrative Centre to catch the bus to Kuching (which was on time).
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Arne on

Waar blijven de bloedzuigers, muggen, slangen en andere vieze beesten?

jorisc on

Wel Arne, bloedzuigers nog niet gezien, muggen helaas wel maar goede DEET en muskiettennet helpen. Slangen zie ergens tussen de foto's.

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