Well we finally made it to Borneo…. It has only taken me 35 years to fulfill one of my dreams!
We made our way to Semenggoh Rehabilitation Sanctuary to try and see some Orangutan’s in the semi wild. I didn’t get much sleep the night before as I was like a little kid on Christmas eve! In the grounds there are 27 orangutan’s….we only got to see 2 which is actually still really lucky considering its fruit season at the moment and none had been sighted the day before. We watched them playing around, swinging from ropes to branches, cracking open massive coconuts and guzzling the water from them! I was so happy that I got to see these amazing and beautiful animals!
Our next stop was a couple of days in Permai Rainforest Resort where we stayed in a treehouse! We had views of the beach and the rainforest…. Lots of jungle noise at night which sounded kinda eery….waking up to see monkeys staring at us from our balcony! We found the jungle pool and took a quick dip…it was freshwater and bloody freezing! Instead of looking around for jellyfish, I was keeping my eyes peeled for snakes and leeches!
Took a day trip to Bako National Park…it was low tide and our private boat managed to get a little stuck as the water was only about a foot deep….we finally arrived and started off on our jungle trek to see what we could find… Came across a snake, monkeys, birds, crabs, spiders, centipedes and the biggest ants you have ever seen! And the main reason to go to Bako is to see the endangered Proboscis Monkeys which we were lucky enough to spot…. Let’s just say they are rather interesting looking characters! We saw this fella and Andy managed to capture him in a rather relaxed position 🙂
We have sat and listened to a local chap play the borneon guitar – called a Sape…. Drank local rice wine and tried local plum brandy which would definitely put hairs on ya chest! We have loved Borneo so far, certainly been the highlight for me!
Next stop….more jungle time at Mulu National Park!