Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Wandering Memory: Unchartered Territory – Borneo

It came as a shock that we had not yet blogged about our experience in one of nature’s few wildlife sanctuaries – Borneo.

I remember hearing about an expedition to Borneo whilst I was at school, but I had no concept of where it was and little interest at that time.

Borneo for those of you who don’t know is an Asian Island split in three by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

It is actually the third largest island in the world, so don’t be fooled by the term Island.

The vast majority of the island is covered in dense rainforest wilderness and as such it is naturally perfect for a host of wildlife.

The most iconic of these is the Orangutan, which is now only wild in two islands in the world.

A trip to Borneo would not be the complete without searching for these rare yet iconic creatures.

As part of our honeymoon we decided to take on the quest to witness these majestic creatures in the wild.

As such we concentrated our Borneo trip in the Malaysian province of Sabah, originally flying into Kota Kinabalu then into the east for a bit of island luxury and finally onto the Sukau Rainforest Lodge adjacent to the Kinabatangan river.

This is pretty much in the middle of the Borneo jungle and is truly classified as a jungle lodge.

We hadn’t been to somewhere so remote since Angel Falls which felt like a life time ago – it really was a hideaway.

The evening was a combination of beauty and sound, with a magnificent look out that could captivate the imagination for hours combined with the natural noises from thousands of unidentified creatures.

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