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My, my, what a big.... nose you have, sir!

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Despite the "luxury" of our basic camp, Tam and I did not have a great night's sleep last night! Hence, we were already awake when the 6am alarm call came round for our early morning boat ride! On with clothes, mozzie spray and life jackets and away we went! What did we see? A beautiful, quiet morning on the river, along with some long-tailed macaques, two species of eagle, two species of hornbill and a quick glimpse of a gibbon swinging through the trees of the jungle. All in all, very peaceful! Back to camp for breakfast - pancakes! Yum!


After a very rapid snooze, we headed out for a morning trek in the jungle. I get the feeling that most of our group were disappointed by our wander through the woods, and even the guide kept reiterating in an apologetic tone that we were unlikely to see any mammals or birds mid-morning. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! We slipped and slided our way up and down the forest, spotting cool plants, insects and reptiles, including the pill millipede and a chameleon. Poor Tam gotten eaten alive by mozzies though and we were both glad of the wellies we hired from the camp staff, as the trail was muddy to say the least!

Post walk, we had another delicious lunch where I reverted to a child and shunned all the vegetables in favour of rice and tomato sauce (a favourite of my younger sisters when we were growing up - Sarah, I now understand why!) and cut up frankfurters! After this Tam and I took a jungle shower - standing in the jungle in bikinis and chucking buckets of muddy river water over ourselves - clearly our standards of hygiene have dropped as we actually felt clean after this! Then several hours of chilling out at camp, which nearly drove Tam mad from boredom!


During our afternoon boat ride we headed down one of the tributaries of the Kinabatangan river in search of proboscis monkeys (monkeys with very big noses - not the most attractive animals in the jungle, but awesome all the same!). We were successful, even finding a very proud male who was happily showing us all there was to see of himself (see attached picture above, if you dare!).


Back to camp for another hour of reading/relaxing before dinner. And then out into the wilderness for our night jungle trek! Amazing, despite being caught in a Malaysian rain shower and hence being almost immediately soaked to the skin through waterproof jackets! We saw several species of birds asleep on branches, which was strange. And a tree frog! Also some spiders - that did not impress Tammy who hates spiders!

All in all, an awesome day for such wildlife geeks as us!

Jo xxx

Posted by Tam-Jo 05:16 Archived in Malaysia Tagged borneo

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Amazing photos girls! Stunning! David Attenborough move over!!

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