Welcome to Mulu
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Some would say 3 hours was too early but why make life more stressful? We returned the extremely reliable fun wagon to Mr Vincent and played with our iPhones for half an hour. Our early arrival at the airport even afforded us time for a McDonalds lunch. I really didn't think it was a good idea but the other three forced me into it. Much happier on full bellies we boarded the MASwings plane to Mulu National Park.
The take off through the cloud layer threw the little plane around a bit causing a few worried looks but we then coasted smoothly over tropical islands off the coast of Borneo for the next thirty minutes
This flight was great. We stayed really low and after surveying further rainforest destruction by palm oil plantations we were surrounded by dense jungle. If you are ever in any doubt about human impact on the natural world, this was the perfect eye opener. They say Orang-Utans used to be able to swing through trees from one side of Borneo to the other (not in one swing I believe), it is now a very different picture with 1000s of acres of wildlife rich rainforest wiped out by the ugly scarring of plantations. However, that was behind us and we were going deep into the forest. The only way into Mulu National Park is by air or a 12 hour boat ride, flying so low over the jungle gave a real sense of how vast it is and landing at the small airstrip was really exciting.
We checked in at Park HQ to a very smooth chalet
Back at HQ we had a good session of cards before hitting the sack. We like it here, just as well as we are based here for the next 5 days. No internet, no TV, just bugs, lots of bugs.
Miles Cycled: 0, we are more into planes at the moment