The Phams Summer 2009 Adventure in Vietnam, Malaysia & Borneo travel blog

An orang utan at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center

Our hut in the jungle

Getting ready for a river safari

A lizard on the night treck

Orang utan in the wild

"Welcome to the Jungle!" was how we were greeted by the staff at the jungle camp we stayed at for 3 days. This camp was fantastic - we saw some incredible wildlife but also the staff and the group of other travellers we were with were all so much fun.

The facilities were very basic but we got our fill of river safaris, walking safaris through the rainforest and the Kinabatangan river areas - both during the day and night. The highlight, well one of them, was spotting 4 orang utans in the wild on our last day. It was beautiful to see them climbing in the trees from our boat. Before we left for the jungle we went to the Sepilok Orang utan Rehabilitation Center (only 4 such centers in the world) so we had learned alot about the orang utans before we had arrived. The center does wonderful work rehabilitating orphaned orang utans to prepare them to be back in wild. We saw one at the center but we never expected to see them in the wild. We also saw soooo many other birds and animals. Tons of monkeys - gibbons, long tailed macaques, probiscus monkeys. Right outside our hut you could see and hear the monkeys crashing through the trees and at night it was so peaceful to lay and listen to the frogs and birds and insects. The night safari was something none of us had ever done - the one we did by boat it also happened to be raining. I know that probably doesn't sound like a lot of fun - in the dark and rain trolling the river for animals but it really was fun. You can pull right up to the bank and get so close to the birds, they don't fly away and they're such beautifully colored birds. It's amazing what these guides can spot!

So I guess you get the idea from the length of this entry that our time in the jungle was our favorite thing so far on the trip.

More later

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