The Kinabatangan Safari has to be on the best things we've done here in Borneo. We saw so much of the wildlife in just three days it was amazing. We decided to go with a company called Uncle Tan's. They have been doing it for years and everyone says its your best chance of seeing the local fauna. They're guides were great very friendly and all guitar players ;)
We knew we were onto a good thing when we arrived off the boat (you got to the camp site by boat). There was a 400 meter trek to actually get to the campsite from where the boat dropped you, and, after about 200m of it, what do we see...... An Orangutan in the WILD!!!!! Brilliant. After getting over this, we settled ourselves into our little cage in the jungle (they have to use cages to keep the monkeys out!!!) helped ourselves to the awesome jungle buffet and then at 9pm headed out for our nighttime boat cruise. It was very cool. We saw two different types of Kingfisher, which are 'Nightblind' so they don't fly away, we managed to get really close. Also we saw the thing i wanted to see most, a Reticulated Python - the longest snake in the world! The one we saw was only a baby though. Still i was very pleased. We also saw a 'Dog faced Water Snake'. The guides who were taking us were amazing, how they saw this little water snake in a tiny hole from over 200m away i have no idea!! Eagle eyed for sure!
The next day we went out again for another boat cruise, this time in the early morning. Minutes into it we saw a family of Otters! Really fun, although they weren't too happy to see a boat load of staring people and didn't hang around long. Then a little further down the river we saw a massive Saltwater Crocodile. About 3m long. Apparently your more likely to see them in the morning and you can get closer, because they're soaking up the sun (basking) to digest a meal they caught during the night. This one let us get very close. We also saw many many Proboscos Monkeys. They were everywhere. We also saw lots of Silver leaf monkeys and Long tailed Macaques. So many infact that you got bored of them very quickly. These were the monkeys we lived in cages because of too. They were all over the campsite. So were Monitor Lizards and huge wild Pigs. After the boat cruise we headed back to camp for lunch. Afterwards a bunch of us were playing cards when we got visited by a family of Macaques after the remains of the food. So us being the helpful beings we are tried to scare them away. Bad idea. The dominant male wasn't pleased and charged at us, displaying all his mightily impressive teeth. Scary hehe. Later on that day Kim ran up to me and whispered 'Orangutan!'. She'd spotted another wild Orangutan on her way to the toilet! We got to within about 20 meters of it, it didnt seem to mind at all. It turned out to be the same Orang we saw the previous day. Apparently it was passing through the camp area (we were so lucky) and it wasn' the last time we caught a glimps of it.
Later that day we went on another evening boat cruise which was abit of a bust, nothing much being around. Even later on that night was our jungle night walk. This was really good. We saw two different species of Frog, one a jungle Bull frog!, we saw a Bornean Blue Tarantula aswell as many other horrifically big spiders. We saw a massive 'Black Scorpion' which our guide carefully picked up and asked if anyone wanted to hold. Strangely i was the first and only person to volunteer! hehe. I'm so big and hard! ;) It felt pretty cool to hold, then as i was doing so the guide proceeded to tell us of the time he was bitten by one in the neck. Not what you need when you have one crawling up your arm!
Good times. We made loads of friends too as you can see from the group photo!