Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pam Usher - Sepilok, Sandakan, Borneo

After a 2 ½ hr flight with Air Asia, we arrived in Sandakan Airport where we were picked up by a driver from the Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR).

What interesting accommodation, situated in the middle of a rain forest.

The buildings were cleverly made of wood-looking concrete which of course will last much longer than timber in this high rainfall/humidity area.

In saying that, they have actually had a reasonably dry wet season.

Our room was basic with air-conditioning, bathroom and coffee making facilities.

Along all the corridors were posters with photos of all the local wildlife which was really helpful for identifying what we saw on walks etc.

After the walk around some of the property, taking photos of the fish-filled lakes, beautiful swimming pool and some of the surrounding jungle, we found the restaurant and lounge area where we ordered a refreshing beer.

At dinner, we sat with Kerry and Bill from Melbourne who have done almost as much travelling as us and own an off-road caravan.

We had lots of fun with them as well as another couple, Johno & Jude from Queensland.

It was a laugh a minute between all of us, having a lot of common interests.

Next day after breakfast, we were picked up from SJR for a full day excursion to Sepilok Orang Utan Centre to see orang utans in the forest.

What a fantastic experience that was. The Centre staff emptied a big container of fruit and vegetables on an elevated platform and along came several big animals.

They were fascinating to watch, with all their antics and with their long arm spans of up to 2.6metres often stretched out between 2 trees.

We went to the Centre twice, for the 11.30am and 3.00pm feeding.

In the afternoon, we watched a 9 month old female ‘fall’ out of a tree while she was playing and then go onto jumping close to us for a further play in several different trees. She was ‘as funny as a fit’.

We also watched a 20 minute video on the conservation efforts of the Centre – very interesting.

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