Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TheBudgetSavvyTravelers: Real Life Jungle Book – What to expect at Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Traveling to wild, remote destinations can take you back to a different time or place. Whether it’s the feeling of playing outdoors as a child, or capturing the essence of a turn of the century explorer, adventure awakens your senses and shakes the soul.

In an overly digital world, at Borneo Rainforest Lodge visitors can find that rejuvenating connection with nature and more importantly, a reconnection to one another.

Why Borneo Rainforest Lodge?

Have you ever come across a photo, possibly in a magazine or on an advertisement, which completely grabbed your attention? My fascination with Borneo Rainforest Lodge started this way.

One day, I was on Pinterest, trying to satisfy my wanderlust by scrolling through inspirational travel photos.

I came across a photo of a canopy walk, hanging high above a misty rainforest.

At that moment, I was determined to someday escape to this far off place full of wildlife, adventure, and natural beauty.

When the day came when we finally arrived at the lodge, it was hard not to get emotional.

I felt I was in the midst of a great travel icon – no differently than standing at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Rome’s Colosseum.

Our Journey Deep into the Rainforest

Part of the allure of staying at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge was the opportunity to be pampered in the middle of a dense jungle.

Located in the isolated Danum Valley, getting there is no easy feat.

From Kota Kinabalu we took a propeller plane to Lahad Datu.

From Lahad Datu airport we traveled overland for almost three hours in a rugged 4×4 to reach the lodge.

Much of the ride to the lodge is bumpy, through a thick, impressive forest.

Although the windy roads tried to lure us to sleep, we forced ourselves to stay awake.

Thankfully, we were awarded with our first orangutan sighting!