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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Hannes (Sweden)
We arrived at Uncle Tans around midday on Monday to register for his jungle tour and have our lunch. After fannying around for a couple of hours, the tour eventually got under way, as we were driven an hour east of Sandakan, from where we hopped on a motorised boat to take us into the 'jungle'. The first thing that became apparent was that the trees skirting the river really didn't represent what could be defined as a jungle. This was due to the excessive deforestation, which has sadly reduced Borneo's wilderness to tatters in some areas.
Our one and a half hour journey down river, was however very interesting, and we managed to see some wonderful animals.
Once at the jetty, we donned some gum boots and walked 400m through swampy forest to our camp ground. Our accomodation was 3 double matresses on the floor, in each of the huts, all coming with mosquito netting.
We had a 30 minute meeting before dinner, which basically was introducing every member of staff and shaking their hand. It was quite funny at first, but soon became very tiresome as everyone was pretty hungry. After dinner we gathered to do an evening cruise down the river. We managed to spot some sleeping Probiscous Monkeys, Macaques and a King Fisher, but nothing too exceptional. We hit the hay around 10.30pm, pleased with all the wildlife we had seen, if not a little disappointed with the 'jungle' itself.