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Published: June 14th 2017
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Sorry peeps, zooms on phones not good enough for wild orangutan shots!!
Due to yesterday's disappointment of not seeing any ginger fuzzy apes and the fact we were being picked up at 10.30 to leave, we headed out to do a tree top canopy walk at 6.30am! Early!! James' cold was in full force last night, so sleep did not really happen for too long anyway!!
We joined another group who were a little more unstable on their feet to head up the the canopy walk in the truck (was too early for that much up hill!!) we both took a stick with us incase we went off piste... boy did we go off piste later on!!
The canopy walk consisted of 3 long bridges that stretched over the valley. It was high and I loved it. James was surprisingly ok, although Emily hated it!! As we were taking photos on the 3rd platform (the end) we were called back as an orangutan had been spotted near by!! Boy did we all move quickly. We started up a VERY muddy track, which was hard going even with a stick. An American lady refused to go any further once she had slipped
over, saying that it was ridiculous (not sure what she was expecting??)!! We then turned right, directly into the unknown, following Syafiq. All of yesterday's issues were forgiven, as there sat a family of orangutans. They knew we were there, throwing down a few branches, but nowhere near where we were stood. We watched for around 30mins before the time came to leave. I managed to stay upright throughout!!
We returned just in time for breakfast and then it was time to pack and go. Whilst james took a shower, I sat out on our balcony and saw a rhino hornbill!! Its beak was so bright. I attempted a photo, but with it being so far away it will be a little grainy!!
The transport back to the office was long and bumpy, but had to be done. And once complete we transferred to another mini bus to take us along the kinabatangan river to our jungle lodge. A retired couple that we had seen in the Danum Valley joined us, Chris and Ellen from the Cotswolds. A lovely, chatty couple that made the journey onwards a little more entertaining.
On arrival at the lodge, we were greeted by the
standard welcome drink and cold towel and given a briefing about the place. We were also shown how to wear their national dress (sarong to you and me) and that there was one in our rooms for each of us to wear for dinner!! Hysterical!
After being hissed at by a macaque on one of the walkways, we met our guide Ghazali, a rather round chap, who was an absolute lad and saw himself as quite a comedian. There were 11 of us on his boat to go up and down the river before sunset. We saw so much, including another orangutan (with another 20 boats sat looking at the poor mite too!) some long tailed and pigtailed macaques, a proboscis monkey troop, some more hornbills and a HUGE croc, potentially 3.5m+ long!! Bloody evil looking thing!! I think the boat driver did more of the spotting than our guide though! It was hysterical to watch!!
Dressed in our sarongs, we went down for dinner and as it was our honeymoon we had our own special table with silk flowers and a table cloth. Dinner was scrummy, I even braved some prawns ( still feeling ok 4hrs on, so fingers
crossed!) and then they bought out a cake with candles, to ourselves and another table, singing wonderful tonight ... so embarrassing, but the other table got more of the focus than us!! We dealt out our cake to the rest of our 11 and to a table with some young children on, who looked longingly at it as it came out. It was delicious.
After dinner, we were 'made' to watch a documentary on orangutans for around 25mins. It was interesting, but I think unnecessary. It was only there to tick an eco tourism box I think. Once we had escaped the 'movie room' we had a beverage with Chris and Ellen and exchanged travel stories. They also think I look exactly like someone they know called Kate!! It was lovely to chat to them!
Bedtime now!! Xx
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