Lahad Datu

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    • Day 15

      Day 2 Evening / Day 3 Morning

      December 16, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Another trip on a boat and with more of the same birds and animals, including the unusual proboscis monkeys again. Saw a large (1 meter long) monitor lizard resting on a tree, looking very relaxed. Once again the evening sky was lit by lightening and more baby crocs were spotted- all we could think about was 'where's the mother?'. It was a quiet start to our evening walk but thankfully the wildlife didn't disappoint in the end with a show of sleeping birds, frogs, a turtle and insects. We managed to get a very quick glimpse of a mother and baby orangutan during our morning boat ride before leaving the jungle. A bit of rest in a hammock is needed...Read more

    • Day 14

      Jungle Day 2, Morning

      December 15, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Away on another boat ride by 6am which gave us a lovely sunrise. Thankfully the rain had stopped just before and gave way to slightly cooler temperatures. We saw a gold crested eagle, more monkeys and hornbills before seeeing the second of the two animals we really wanted to see- an orangutan in the wild! And what a view we had, he was right in front of us, up a tree, at the waters edge. After watching him eat his breakfast of leaves he climbed down before appearing again up a fruit tree this time but alot more hidden. We realise we were very lucky to have seen him so clearly. After breakfast we went on a walk through the jungle which we cut short as we heard an elephant nearby. This was after seeing a fully grown dear about the size of a cat.Read more

    • Day 13

      Jungle Night Walk, Day 1

      December 14, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      The after dinner night walk was a adventurous experience - pitch black, thick mud and dense jungle (oh, and some potentially dangerous creatures!). Once the safety briefing was done, disclaimer forms signed, high-vis vests on and wellies hired we were off but didnt have to go far before we saw a baby, deadly green tree frog followed by the most unusual looking centipede we've ever seen. The water spider could move fast when it wanted to and thankfully so did the tortoise so we narrowly missed treading on it as it was well hiden in the muddy path. The star of the show definitely had to be the rainbow coloured kingfisher sleeping with its beak hidden under its wing, so close it was within touching distance. So many moths and butterflies kept flying at us, attracted by our torch light.Read more

    • Day 13

      Borneo River Jungle

      December 14, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Picked up at 7 and had a long drive (7 hours) across the island,past Mount Kinabalu, to the Borneo Natural Sakau Bilit Resort on the Kinabatangan River. Unbelievable to see the amount of palm tree plantations, all standing where jungle once stood. We had a long early evening boat ride up river and saw one of the two types of animals we really wanted to see - the proboscis monkeys with big droopy noses). There were long tailed macaques, hornbills and a wild boar too. On our return the night sky kept lighting up as a thunderstorm passed by in the distance. Our guides head torch picked up the eyes of some tiny crocodiles from about 150 meters away.Read more

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