Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monkey's Tale: Borneo, Part 3 – Mountains, Caves and Bats

Gunung Mulu National Park

This park is deep in the middle of the Borneo jungle, close to the Brunei border, and accessible only by plane.

Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Area, famous for its large caves.

We first visited Lang Cave. It’s one of the smallest caves in the park, but is still massive in size with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites slowly growing to join each other.

We felt that these intricate features made it the most beautiful of all of the caves in the park.

Beside Lang Cave is Deer cave which is one of the largest caves in the world with a resident population of over 3 million bats.

Because of the number of bats, there are huge mounds of bat guano inside the cave.

You can smell the guano for at least 100 m away, and inside the cave, the smell is suffocating.

One of the biggest thrills is to come at dusk and see the 3 million bats exit the cave by the thousands to feed on bugs.

Streams of exiting bats twist and turn trying to escape bat hawks waiting at the cave’s entrance.