On the orangutan island
Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
24Trip End Aug 16, 2007
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
I'll tell you: "THIS" is a KLOTOK, a typical river boat from Borneo, where basically all the transfers must be done over the water, because the jungle is so dense that there are no roads. Th klotok is a 8 metres long-2 meters wide boat, with an open-air toilet, no shower as far as we can see, and 2 levels. On top is where our "room" is, so we are going to sleep in open air(oh,oh). The downstair level is where the guide and tripulation are sleeping, cooking....
We ride the boat, and we start our Borneo adventure!! The boat follows Kumai river until getting to the Sekonyer river branch, which we follow for 2-3 hours (We lost the sense of time, staring at wilderness). Andreas explains that the natural reserve is on just one of the sides of the Sekonyer, the other side is wild. While sailing, the chef serves our first meal on board. Of course, there is no table, no chairs... but it does not matter: the food is just WONDERFUL. We never could imagine that young boy should cook such delicious plates. If he had a real kitchen, fridges..
During our journey to Camp Leakey, the Orangutan research center founded by Dr. Biruté Galdikas, we meet another klotok with another couple,the ones we met on our flight Semarang-Pangkalan bun, taking photos everywhere. As our guide and theirs are friends, both klotoks start a competition to see who is the next to see orangutans. We are the first again, we see an orangutan nest at the top of a tree, but we want to cheat the others, so we start pointing and looking to the opposite side of the river. The other klotok starts searching for the inexistent orangutan: 1-0. First laughs between the other couple, their guide and our klotok.
Night falls over Sekonyer, at 18:00, and darkness is absolute. We cannot light our lamp because there are miriads of moskitos, and we don't want to be eaten(at least at the beginnig of our journey). Andreas gives us a candle which is burning and there is something which smells bad for moskitos, because they go away.
Returning to our boats, we keep talking for some time with the americans. They are incredible, they can explain stories from around the world, because they seem to have been everywhere, and we feel like little children listening to them. Finally, we go to sleep, becausse as I said, it has been a long day, and tomorrow it will be also.
Our room has been prepared with all the possible commodities: a courtain to avoid moskitos and other possible guests, and some mattress to sleep on (or try it). GOOD NIGHT