There is no place like it for unique and varied wildlife. Seeing orangutans in the wild along the Kinabatangan River was a moment I will never forget. I had just returned from one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things I have ever done: climbing Mount Kinabalu. A truly incredible place for its flora, fauna and awe-inspiring views. It really is a magical island with so much to offer, from its amazing wildlife, to its cultural customs and traditions, jungle wilderness and pristine beaches. It really has it all!
My interest in Borneo was sparked because it is teeming with incredible wildlife! From the auburn-haired orangutans swinging through the rainforest, the peaceful turtles laying their eggs on tranquil islands, to the clouds of bats hovering in the skies of Mulu – it’s a nature lovers paradise. After all the wildlife action in the lush green jungle it’s the perfect end to your trip to get some rest and relaxation on the white sandy beaches of a paradise island.
For me, Borneo has been a dream destination since a young age. I have always loved wildlife and to see any species in it’s natural habitat is something that I really get excited about. My Borneo time was spent mainly in the Sabah region, exploring the lush green jungle on the Kinabatangan River and visiting the orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Reserve. It’s a trip that I’ll always remember and I’m just waiting for the chance to return!
My first trip was to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah where I stayed in a wooden hut with chicken wire and no running water on the kinabantangan river. I was amazed by the wild orang-utans in the trees! I travelled back last year, visiting Sarawak and Sabah from the quiet laid back streets of Kuching to the bat cave in Mulu, counting baby turtles on Seligan island before returning to kinabantangan river to see more wild orang-utans and Pygmy elephants.
Our own Emma T ventured to the less-visited part of Malaysian Borneo: Sarawak. Read about her adventures, from orangutans & river boats to a bat cave visit.
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