In search of Borneos favourites
Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
84Trip End Jun 08, 2012
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Our first river cruise was at 4pm. We were met by our guide Wasil who had been working on this river for the last 10 years for various different tour companies. There were 8 of us per boat. I'm sure Barney was feeling a little envious as this guy had a really huge camera lens, it making his look a little small. Bless. We managed to make it a little way along the river until we could see that upfront the heavens had opened and it was only a matter of time till it made its way over to us
The weather got really bad so we eventually had to go back, not till we were completely soaked right through. I was still eagerly searching the trees with my eyes just hoping to get a glimpse of something. No luck. We had a trek scheduled for that evening but the wet weather had soaked the paths so we could only go onto the boardwalk. It’s pretty freaky out in the jungle at night time, less scary though on this board walk. Apparently we were going in search of elephants. On the river cruise earlier we had been shown all the places that the elephants had been in the last few days. Not really what you want to have though, a tour of where the elephants were two days ago?? 'Hey guys went on this really cool tour, could of seen elephants – but didn’t, but its ok though as I saw footprints and poo! ’ Sorry, I just get a little child like sometimes – I really wanted to see an elephant this time, we'd seen poo in India!
Anyway back to the elephants, there was a lot of noise coming from in front of us and over in a corner, it sounded like something big by the breaking of trees or bamboo. It also sounded like there could have been a few of them. We all waited patiently at the end of this wooden boardwalk in pitch black, listening for the noises and rustling to get closer. After about 5 minutes Wasil turned on his lamp and there they were over in the corner. There was probably about 3 pygmy elephants munching away on some bamboo. Wow – my first wild elephants. Unfortunately my crappy camera wasn’t able to get any photos as they were a little too far out the way and Barneys camera was so upset by its lack of lense that it gave up all together and started flashing us with a blue light (even when it was turned off!) Not good news for that unfortunately.
The next morning at 6am we were really lucky to be able to continue where we left off
I really didn’t see how we were going to see anything that day that would top that, it would definitely have to be Orangutan related if I did. As the elephants were fairly close to our camp the guides were reluctant to take us out on a jungle trek as they felt it was too dangerous. That was a little disappointing but hey I couldn’t be too upset as we’d had such a great morning. The evening cruise we went in search of primates. We had seen a lot of birds of this boat ride, Hornbills, eagles and Kingfishers. I found I was actually getting excited seeing big birds – I’m never excited about birds, but I think at this point I just wanted to see stuff. Luckily we also got to see some monkeys (Macaques) just hanging around the river banks, Monitor lizard, Mangrove snake (seen from afar – that’s ok), and the Proboscis monkeys (the guys with a pot belly and big noses.) Glad we saw some of those
That night we were going to give the night trek another go. I wasn’t too sure of this , I think walking about the jungle is a little freaky in the day but by night what if you don’t see the snakes!! We went out for about half an hour, saw a stick insect and a Tarantula. Shame didn’t see a slow loris of Tarcier but we were pretty unlucky with the weather conditions – it had really made the jungle trekking tough. I really enjoyed our experiences though. Those elephants made my day.