I am a celebrity get me out of here
Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
54Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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well worth it when you get in. Our first sighting of any wildlife was a couple of monkeys that were swinging in the trees not far from the entrance. The park has several different areas that you can go to and when you pay the entrance fee you also receive a map outlining all the activities,walks etc. including there distance to them. We had heard that there was a canopy walk which is the highest canopy in the world. The first day we decided to go there a little later in the afternoon so the walk wouldn't be too tiring with the heat. The walk is a lot longer than we anticipated, but we managed to get there after about 40 minutes only to find it closes at 3pm. The most annoying thing about it was the park people didn't tell us that it closed at this time and neither did 2 other people that had come from there. One thing we did see interesting along the walk was a tree had fallen over and the roots and base were still sticking out of the ground. The picture of Alison shows how tall it was. It was massive. The next day we went back to the canopy and we did the walk across. There are 2 sections of the canopy but on this occasion only one was open to the public. You walk along a very thin wooden & roped bridge which is connected to two large trees and supporting ropes come off it. There are 4 sections you walk along and once you reach the end of one bridge you have a platform you stand on until you get
your composure back
Alison: My feelings about going to Taman Negara were mixed. I was excited about jungle trekking and potentially seeing some wildlife but I had read that the jungle has many leeches which I wasn't so keen on!! The books that we have say that when trekking you should have roper walking boots, long trousers and long sleeved tops to prevent the leeches attacking you.
We had reasonable clothes to wear but only flimsy trainers. Mine were especially rubbish because I had only brought Puma pump style trainers which left the top of my foot exposed
have already carried them off. On the second day we decided to do a more adventurous route to a cave which houses hundreds of bats. Again we opted against hiring gear to save a bit of
money. The route was a lot more physically demanding and difficult, especially since it had rained the night before. As we got deeper in to the jungle I noticed worm like things on the floor that stood on end as we walked over them. I had never seen a leech before but on examining them, we concluded that these worm things must be them. I felt slightly uneasy but every inch of my body was covered apart from my face and hands so I felt pretty safe. After 2 hours of walking we found the cave and were a bit shocked. We thought it would be a massive cave that you just stroll in to with loads of other tourists but in fact it was a tiny little hole for an entrance with no one there
upside down from the roof about 2 meters in front of me!! It was an amazing thing to see and we got some brilliant pictures but I was glad to get out of there. On a slight high from the bat cave, we decided to walk a little deeper in to the jungle to check out another observation point that was on our map. The path was really treacherous and wet and I noticed some really dark stuff on one of my socks. I thought it was just mud until I absent mindedly reached down to itch my foot. When I touched my sock, I felt something big and squidgy and my reflex reaction was to just grab at it through my sock. When I looked at my hand, it was covered in blood! Honestly,
it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Being that far in to the jungle knowing that leeches had been able to get through my socks all along was awful. The walk back was very traumatic.
version of 'I'm a Celebrity' was being filmed not far from where we were walking. We were too far away to see anything but we had a bit of a nosey at the crew area. Those celebrity's are hard core to endure even one day in that jungle!!!!!