Tuesday, July 04, 2017
The Very Hairy Backpackers: Fantastic Beasts of Borneo and Where to Find Them
After the heat and humidity of Indonesia we decided to visit Borneo (Malaysian side), to experience more heat and humidity.
After a quick stopover in the non descript city of Kota Kinabalu, we ventured to the northernmost tip of Borneo, aptly named ‘The Tip of Borneo’ for a few days of peace and quiet.
The place was very much an unspoilt paradise, where one could have the entire 10km long white sand beach and immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings.
From the tip of Borneo we made a quick flight over to Sepilok on a plane that Stef thinks she could have piloted.
The flight also gave a great aerial view on the spectacular landscapes and also unfortunately the devastations that palm oil plantations have caused to the once jungled terrain.
To get deep into the Borneo jungle we went the Kinabatangan River and spent a few nights cruising and exploring along the river.
After initially battling through the rain we were able to see the main attraction, a herd of ‘Pygmy’ Elephants, the smallest breed on earth.
The name was misconceiving, as they were still Elephants and looked pretty big to us.
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