This is Joseph Conrad territory
Trip Start Feb 06, 2005
42Trip End Jul 2005
The first night I was there I met an Austrian, Marco, who was heading to Baku national park the next day. We agreed to split the boat across to the park and ended up spending the whole day trekking through the jungle and chasing down and cornering protected wildlife so we could get a good photo. We adopted a Spanish girl and an American on the way back and spent the night drinking cheap beers with them on the waterfront while the local 'soft boys' and lady-boys came up to chat
The next day Marco, the Spaniard and I headed up to the orang utan rehabilitation centre. It was raining, cold and we had to get up at 6am (why does everything have to start so early??? I'm going to need a holiday just to recover from this trip).
After standing in the wet jungle for half an hour without seeing anything it started to seem pretty funny: a dozen tourists standing in the middle of the wilderness expecting wild animals to perform for them. But then, right on cue, three orang utan turned up and did exactly that. Swinging around, eating bananas, all the usual stuff.
We were pretty happy with the outcome and were just about to leave when the park rangers started shoving us unceremoniously up the path. The dominant male was making his fashionably-late entrance and we were in his way. He was huge, and he knew it (don't you hate people like that?). He set about eating enormous amounts of bananas, giving us just enough time to get some blurry photos before he heaved himself up some vines and disappeared into the forest. We left feeling like we'd gotten our 3 ringgit-worth.
The next day I got up early again (sigh) and caught the river boat to Kapit, the "Gateway to Borneo", or so they'd have you believe.