Sunday, April 16, 2017

Adventures of a Jackpacker: Borneo - The Jungle Book Part 1

Borneo’s lush rainforest is one of its main draws and we were eager to sample it after arriving in Sabah for our Easter break.

During my last trip to Borneo in 2015, the Sarawak rainforest had played host to a quirky music festival.

For this visit, the Sabah jungle had something much more natural planned.

We booked to stay in a lodge along the Kinabatangan River, south-east of Kota Kinabalu (KK).

Here we would be able to sample the best of Borneo’s natural wonders and boy, it did not disappoint.

To get there required a bus, van and boat journey of epic proportions.

We left from KK’s inconveniently located Inanam bus terminal (though a taxi cost just 8 RM between four of us) and boarded a bus bound for Lahad Datu costing 45 RM.

The buses leave at 7.30am, 8am and 9am.

We got the 9am one but it was beset with problems, culminating in it breaking down for about 2 hours which wasn’t so fun especially in the baking heat.

Once we finally got moving, we jumped off at Sukau junction about 7 hours later where we were met by a disgruntled van driver who had been waiting for us for a very long time.

He drove us to the rainforest from where we hopped on a boat to get to Osman’s place, our quaint home for the next 2 nights.