Bearded pigs in our kitchen

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Another uncomfortable night, this time in the dorm with the two Danish girls (a large group left yesterday so there was plenty of room to leave the staff cabin). Our morning cruise this morning was the most void of wildlife yet, but we did see a pair of extremely rare Storm Storks fly around each other in circles, which was definitely worth the trip.

 

We went back to camp for breakfast, then it was time to head off. We saw monkeys and hornbills on the trip downriver, but didn’t really stop to look, and we felt too tired and dirty to be that interested anyway. The wildlife we have seen over the past three days has been amazing, but we would want to stay at the camp any longer. We weren’t expecting luxury, but there were so many cheap things they could have done to improve the camp – the best of which would be to put walkways over the mud patches in the path (which were growing in size as we walked around the edges) and to move the slops pond more than two meters from the kitchen.

While it was mice to see macaques, water monitors and a family of bearded pigs regularly come by, the stench they made in the fetid slops pond was unbelievable.

 

We had lunch at Uncle Tan’s in Gum-Gum, said our goodbyes, and then caught a bus with Malcolm and Jill into Sandakan where we stayed at the Sabah Hotel. We picked it as close to the airport, but it turned out to be a five star hotel. We indulged in the luxury, used a whole bar of soap in the shower, and went to a great Indian restaurant for dinner with Malcolm and Jill.

 

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