Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The wild man of the forest is one of Borneo’s true highlights. Having an up close and personal experience with one of these beautiful beasts is easy if you head to Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, approximately 30 kilometres outside of Kuching. Established in 1975, the centre has records of 26 orangutans as its residents with…

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Tea with an Iban Headhunting Chief

The last thing I expected when meeting an Iban headhunting chief was to sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit for a chat but that is exactly what we did with the charismatic Chief Bansing of Murat Longhouse in Sarawak. His house is filled with mementos from a long and interesting life,…

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Kinabatangan River at Night

The option to take a night safari down the Kinabatangan River from our jungle camp was too good an offer to turn up. Feeling a little uneasy as we pushed off from our moorings into the vast darkness I was somewhat happy when the spotlights were being used to check the waters in front of…

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Proboscis Monkey

These creatures really look stranger than fiction.   Although endangered with only 1000 or so said to exist in the wild they were certainly not difficult to see along the Garama River near Kota Kinabalu or on the banks of the Kinabatangan River near Sukau.     If like the orangutan you want to get a…

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Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan, Borneo

The orangutan sanctuary seems to get all the attention in Sepilok however if you have a spare morning, afternoon or day then do take the opportunity to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre.    Established as an educational centre primarily for students the centre is an accessible taste of wonderful pristine Borneon rainforest.   Significant levels of…

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Turtle Island

  Being a little disorganized prior to arriving in Borneo is quite natural for me so I guess I should not have been surprised when I contacted the Turtle Island agent in Sandakan (Crystal Quest) and was told that the island was fully booked for the coming 10 days.   Given the option of just…

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Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

  These gorgeous animals have such character and personality it becomes easy to see very human expressions in their behaviour.      Sepilok was established in 1964 to assist in the rehabilitation of orangutans who had been orphaned or captured.   The aim of the program is to teach them how to live and survive in…

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Rafflesia

How very excited I was after calling the Sabah Tourism board to find out there was a Rafflesia flower in bloom up in Tambunan Nature Reserve during my stay.  With just two days in Kota Kinabalu we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to see the worlds largest flower in bloom!   What I…

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Bountiful Borneo

I have been fascinated by the very idea of Borneo for as long as I can remember.   It sits in my mind as a wild, mysterious and fascinating destination.   Finally this year I made it for a short but very sweet visit.   It is amazing how perhaps just one small detail in a…

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