SABAH ADVENTURE (MALAYSIAN BORNEO)

SABAH ADVENTURE (MALAYSIAN BORNEO)

Must admit that this was one of the longest trips we took. We flew from Munich (Germany) to Doha, then from Doha to Bangkok, Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur and then to our final destination, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo). Traveling for almost 26 hours we were dead tired upon arrival and went straight to bed. The next morning we were on the road again.

Getting ready for sleepover
Getting ready for sleepover
Let's go
Let’s go

 

Rooftop beer moment
Rooftop beer moment

SEPILOK NATURE RESERVE

We boarded a bus to Sepilok (Sabah District of North Borneo) where they rehabilitate orphan orangutans since 1964. The road was winding and packed with locals, who were watching what appeared to be very popular karaoke show and some of the passengers were singing along all the way to Sepilok:)
Upon arrival we went straight to Orangutan rehabilitation center to see the orangutans (it costs 30 RM to enter the Center). The center provides medical care and housing for orphaned orangutans as a result of illegal logging and deforestation and those who have been illegally caught and kept as pets. It was almost feeding time so we were there on time.

Our ride
Our ride
Waiting for feeding time

Don’t expect to feed them yourself or be in petting distance-these are not regular monkeys you see all around Asia. Center does not encourage visitors to handle the apes as this is not a zoo. Look for them in the tree tops and you can’t miss them.

Magnificent animals
Magnificent animals

Hi there
Hi there
What's inside?
What’s inside?

The apes live wild in the reserve and will only appear if they choose so. Be sure you come in time for feeding and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see at least one of them.

Not the right walking shoes
Not the right walking shoes

UNCLE TAN’S CAMP
After visiting Sepilok we went on adventure spree in the jungle also known as Uncle Tan’s camp. Located between Forest Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary this really is in the middle of nowhere:)

Uncle Tan base camp
Uncle Tan base camp

After lunch at Ops Base we traveled with boat at the Kinabatangan River to Uncle Tan’s Adventure Camp.

Let's go already
Let’s go already
Kinabatangan River transportation
Kinabatangan River transportation

The employees give you a quick briefing on the program and activities before escorting you to your “cage”. Don’t expect hotel room, this truly is a cage with a thin mattress on the floor, a mosquito net and cage like doors to prevent the animals to come in your “room” at night.

Our home
Our home

Sleeping pads

Sleeping pads

Nights and morning safari are organized and you’ll see tons of animal from scorpions to proboscis monkeys.

Early morning on the river
Early morning on the river
Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey
Visitor
Visitor
Tarantula
Tarantula
Scorpion
Scorpion
Little friend
Little friend
Blue-eard Kingfisher
Blue-eard Kingfisher
Find the intruder
Find the intruder
Flat-backed Millipede
Flat-backed Millipede

Food in the Camp is surprisingly good, especially pancakes in the morning-if you can grab them before the monkeys do that is:) I won’t lie, this was a great experience we had when we were in our 20s but it’s definitely not something I would visit every year:) There weren’t a lot of kids running around while we were visiting but the ones that were seem to have a great time. In my opinion don’t drag your kids here before they are old enough to appreciate the nature and jungle wildlife.

Jungle people
Jungle people
Usual conditions around the camp
Usual conditions around the camp
Neighbours
Neighbours
Resting
Resting
Cleaning up after the trek
Cleaning up after the trek
The oldest residents of the jungle
The oldest residents of the jungle

Find everything you need to know about the program here: http://www.uncletan.com/wildlifetour.html
After three days we were ready to leave. The staff was very helpful and they even booked us a seat on a bus back to Kota Kinabalu. This was really a smart move since the bus was already fully packed when they picked us up and on the way to KK we picked up few more tourists that didn’t have a ticket and they either got left behind or were sitting on the floor of the bus the entire way back.

After that we were ready for some sea and fun on the sun. Paradise Perhentian Islands here we come!

 

6 thoughts on “SABAH ADVENTURE (MALAYSIAN BORNEO)”

  1. Traveling for 26 hours would be quite a feat, but it looks well-worth it to me. The nature reserve would be so amazing!

    1. Hi Annie,
      Yes the time that you spend to get out here is really loooong, but you are rewarded as soon as you step on this magnificent island. Stay safe and travel!

  2. I have a fear of flying (that I’m trying to get over!) so all of that travel and plane time would definitely put me off a little bit from something like that, but I really do love wildlife and an experience like that would be so wonderful, so if I ever had the opportunity to do this I would absolutely take it despite how much travel it involves!

    1. Hi Chris,
      Well I do understand where you are comming from:) My wife and our traveling friend are also not very fond of flying (to put it mildly:). Bunt once you experience a place like Borneo you must admit (and they do:) that it was more than worth it. Stay safe and travel!

  3. Wow, this is serious adventure. The flight sounds killer, but what an amazing place once you arrive. Glad they provided mosquito net for your “room”. Do the animals come and look at you in your cage like a backwards zoo? Seeing these creatures in the wild like this must have been amazing.

    1. Hi Geaniemarie,
      Thankfuly nothing came out to our “cage apartment:)” It really was an amazing experience despite the creapy crawlers. Pictures can’t describe the sounds of nature and the fellings in your head after power generator goes out at midnight. Stay safe and travel!

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