Another unique wildlife of Borneo is the probosous monkey, the male has very large noises. Infact the bigger the noise the more wives he attracts. Unfortunately if you do see these animals in the wild they are often too far away to appreciate them. The monkeys like to live in the jungle next to salt rivers from the sea, unfortunately much of their natural habitat has been destroyed due to the palm plantatations. Nowadays one of the best places for seeing the monkeys is at the Proboscous monkey sanctuary, where they have two families of monkeys totalling about 50 monkeys. you will also get to see a very informative video. this was an extra on our tour and well worth the money.
One reason to go to Borneo is to see some of the fast amounts of jungle. From the air it seems to go on forever. On foot you need guides and in reality you can't get very far. We had our first glimpse of the jungle when we stayed with the river people at the MESCOT homestays.They took us on a camping trip over night to the jungle camps. Inreturn we helped them plant trees in an area of forest that had recently had a fire. we were taken on a night walk. unfortunately we didnt see much wild life, just a few frogs and insects. OF course leeches!!
One more reason for visiting Borneo in particular Sabah is for turtle Island. Here you can relax by day, sunbathing and snorkelling. At night the turtles come and lay their eggs. The Island is protected, only a certain number of tourists can stay in any one night. You are not allowed on the beaches alone at night. However there is a turtle watch. When the first turtle comes and lays her eggs, all the tourists are called out to watch her. A turtle usually lays about 60 t0 70 eggs. The Island is all about conversation, so once the turtle has layed here eggs they are dug up and put into a nursery. The tourist also get to release that days hatchlings back into the sea. you get to hold a baby turtle. the tourists are only allowed to see when turtle lay their eggs for low impact tourism. this may involve alot of waiting around as they can not garantee what time the first turtle will arrive at night.
Another big reasons for going to Borneo is to see the wild life in particular the Orangutans. Although it would be great to see them absolutely in the wild this would be extremely rare. Best to go to the one of the rehabilation centres. The biggest one being sepilok. They feed the animals here with bananas at set times of day. The orangutans live in the jungle but they know when feeding time is. They only feed them bananas so they get bored of them and eventually they are able to find their ownfood and dont return to the centre.
If you go to Borneo you have to climb the highest mountain in Malaysia. I was fairly scared about climbing the mountain as I had seen pictures of people pulling themselves up with ropes. The reality is;
2 day hike. Overnight you stay in the Laban Rata resthouse which is 11,000 ft or 3,300 m.
Basically have the whole day to hike up to this point, some people do it in 3 hrs. We took it easy, taking lots of photographs and breaks and it took off 5 hrs. There are rest stops with water and toilets throughout the climb. Best to take it easyonce you are at the camp not much to do, and things are expensive. Take lots of snacks.
The second day is by far the toughest, wake up at 3am. Climb to the summit, which is a further 2.7 KM, aim is to be there by sunrise 6AM. The altitude will get to you so you will be slow. there are ropes but the majority of them are to make sure you stay on the path/right direction rather than actually pulling. some you dohave to pull on but are fairly easy. Then back down to the camp for a second breakfast followed by the whole day walking down. Knees really ached at the end of the day. We got down about 2.30
- Hiking and Walking
It was a short flight and then a short bus ride - but to see one of the most endangered species was amazing - truly blessed to get so close outside a zoo
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park