Bukit Garam Travel Guide

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    Cameras at the ready on the river
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Bukit Garam Things to Do

  • Proboscis Monkeys

    I had already seen Proboscis Monkeys in Bako National Park in Sarawak but we saw a couple during one evenings river safari. Unfortunately the photos aren't that great of them as the light was fading.

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  • Monkeys on the riverbank

    You'll see lots of monkeys along the riverbanks - short-tailed and long-tailed macaques, two of which just sat there in front of all like two grumpy old men! I've taken a short video of them which you can find on my page.

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  • Jungle Trek

    On our second day, we headed out of camp again up a tributary of the Kinabatangan called the Lokan. We then left the boat and went for a short jungle trek but didn't really see much apart from two centipedes getting it on!

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  • Wild Orang-utans

    The first day of our tour started at Uncle Tan's Ops Base near the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, located about 25 kilometres to the west of Sandakan. We got there early enough in order to visit the Centre when they feed the orang-utans at 10am. After visiting the Orang-utan Centre, we got collected and transferred into a mini-bus for...

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  • Uncle Tan's Wildlife Adventures Tour -...

    Day 2 started early as we had a morning river safari which started at 6.30am. It was so early that there was still a little bit of mist sitting over the river as we left camp. On our way we saw hornbills, monkeys, two more orang-utans, and gibbons. We then headed back to camp for breakfast which consisted of pancakes before heading out of camp...

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  • Uncle Tan's Wildlife Adventures Tour -...

    The first day of our tour started at Uncle Tan's Ops Base near the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, located about 25 kilometres to the west of Sandakan. We got there early enough in order to visit the Centre when they feed the orang-utans at 10am (read more about this on my Sepilok page). Uncle Tan's transports you to the centre and then...

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Bukit Garam Restaurants

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 9, 2010

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    The food was good and plentiful plus there are drinks including beer which you buy on top of the tour price. After settling in and meeting everyone, we were served dinner which was a buffet and actually far better than I expected (I actually bought some snacks just in case!).

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Bukit Garam Nightlife

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 9, 2010

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    During our time on the tour we went out on two night safari's. After dinner on the first night, we left camp for a night river safari which lasted for about 1.5 hours where our guide shone a bright flashlight along the riverbank in order to spot wildlife. We saw 2 types of kingfisher which actually sleep with their eyes open, a Malay Civet (type of weasel), an owl and a skunk type mammal with a white line along its back. On the second night, we went on an hour long night walk where we saw a number of creepy-crawlies and frogs, finishing with a tarantula which we were advised not to go to close to as it was one of the jumping variety. Enough said!

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Bukit Garam Local Customs

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 9, 2010

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    The camp is on a piece of Native Land near the Lokan River, a tributary of the Lower Kinabatangan River, located near a small village called Bukit Garam. The village features many silt wooden houses, one beside the river where we got into a boat, had chicken cages underneath. You'll pass by more isolated stilt houses on the way to the camp plus see local fisherman on the river.

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Bukit Garam Warnings and Dangers

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 9, 2010

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    Expect early morning starts. Day 2 started early as we had a morning river safari which started at 6.30am. It was so early that there was still a little bit of mist sitting over the river as we left camp. On our way we saw hornbills, monkeys, two more orang-utans, and gibbons. We then headed back to camp for breakfast. The third day started with another early morning river safari with more of the same wildlife as we had seen over the previous days.

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Bukit Garam What to Pack

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    Long Sleeve Shirts, Long Pants, Walking Shoes/Boots, Underwear, Socks, Towel, Shorts, T-Shirts, Sweater, Poncho/raincoat, Swim Wear, Sandals, Swiss knife, Flashlight/torch, Personal Medication, Tooth Paste/Brush, Soap/Shampoo, Sun Block Cream, Comb/Shaver, Poncho/Raincoat, Cap/Hat, Sunglasses, Insect Repellent, Camera, Film, Battery, Lenses(SLR),...

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  • Cameras at the ready

    If you're really into photographing wildlife then this really is the place to come in Sabah. A couple from Alaska were on my tour and bought along with them a few professional looking cameras with essential telescopic lenses. Some of the photos they took were staggering and miles better than the ones I took from my little digital camera even...

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Bukit Garam Favorites

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: I've put all the names of what we were meant to have seen or have at least been seen here as the guys at the camp wrote them all down on a whiteboard. These are:

    Orang-utans
    Proboscis monkeys
    Short-tailed macaques
    Long-tailed macaques
    Borneon gibbon
    Silvered leaf monkey
    Malay Civet
    Malay weasel
    Common palm civet
    Stork-billed kingfisher
    Blue-eared kingfisher
    Black and red broadbill
    Yellow and black broadbill
    Buffy fish owl
    White-bellied fish eagle
    red-billed malcoha
    Storm stork
    Bushy crested hornbill
    Asian black hornbill
    Greater racket-tailed drongo
    Great Coucal
    Night heron
    Common Sandpiper
    Dollar bird
    Monitor lizard
    Estuanne crocodile
    Prevost squirrel
    Green pigeon
    Pacific swallow
    Blue throated bee eater
    Tractor millipede
    Pill millipede
    Borneo blue tarantula
    Least narrow-mouthed frog
    Black-backed kingfisher
    Frilled tree frog
    Wolf spider
    Huntsman spider

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