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Kinabatangan River - Sabah, Borneo

Written on: Thursday April 12th, 2007

A journal entry from: Southeast Asia

This mighty muddy river was our home for three days. Older than the Amazon, its lower floodplain is famous for a variety of wildlife, especially the notorious orang-utan - man of the woods, the only species of great apes found outside Africa. Prior to our jungle camping we spent some time near the Sepilok Orang-utan Centre and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. These animals are highly endangered because of the rate at which the jungle was been logged and replanted with endless palm oil plantations.

Our jungle experience began with a boat ride up the Kinabatangan River to an isolated camp of rustic cabins. For three days we enjoyed early morning water safaris, night time water safaris, jungle walks - during the day and at night - all  in search of the Man of the Woods - the orang-utan.  Instead we saw lots of crocodiles, monitor lizards, macques, monkeys, gibbons, proboscis monkeys and many other species. The allure of seeing the orang-utan kept us hyped as we dripped sweat, slogging through mud and slapping bugs. Often it was only to find yet another group of rowdy, swinging, free-falling macques.


From Bryan Rite on Apr 21st, 2007

Amazing pictures again... I'm so jealous you got to see an orangutan! They're my favourite.