Orangutans and kayaking


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December 27th 2013
Published: January 8th 2014
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Delicious breakfast at Lime Tree then collected by Rainforest Trekking for a visit to Semongoh Orangutan Conservation Centre.

It was a bit rainy and as there is loads of fruit around at this time of year we only saw 2 orangutans - the Matriach of the group, a 44 year old grandmother and her newest offspring. They were enjoying some fruit and mum decided to make a hat out of a few handy leaves. Bub tried to follow mum's lead but with limited success. So cute and we felt happy to see these and even happier that the others in the program must be doing well enough in the jungle not to have any need for the prepared fruit provided.

We saw some groovy pitcher plants and headed to a local village to embark on the kayakking part of our tour. Tasha slipped and scraped a chunk of skin off her toe but soldiered on.

The river was great. We stopped after 4 or 5 km to have kolo mee for lunch at our guide's village and walk around the gardens to check out some herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Another 7kms including some small rapids and we were done with our kayaks
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This is Seduku. She is almost my age (born 1971), a grandmother with a toddler still at her side.
for the day.

Nic and Wayne were helping with carrying things when Nic also slipped scraping his shin and tearing a toe nail off - much blood. We really tried the 1st aid kit out.


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Tash and I paddled together.
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It was amazing and really lucky (so much fruit ripe at this time of year that most of the orangutan are able to manage with no support which is fantastic) to see these orangutan in the jungle where they belong. Just after these shots were taken the rain got heavier and Seduku picked a few leaves to use as a hat whilst enjoying some mango. Baby tried to copy but his attempt was far less effective but sooooo cute.
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Nic paddled with the guide.
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Wayne paddled solo in his lowrider kayak.
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Quick stop at a little waterfall
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The village we stopped at for lunch.
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The group we paddled with.
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The brothers that were our guides just couldn't take enough photos. Photos of each other taking photos of us eating lunch.
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Kuching Kolo Mee for lunch - yum.
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The guides made sure we sniffed every herb in their village's gardens.
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Nicky J taking the lead.
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Wayne traversing the rapids.
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Nicky J and one of the guides.
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Cooling off in the river.
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The group posing for photos.


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Amazing beauty
That is a beautiful scene

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