Jungle trekking Day 2
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Hannes (Sweden), Anu and Isto(Finland)
We were awoken on Day 2 at 6am, so we could go for a morning boat ride down the river, in an attempt to spot wildlife such as orang-utans or crocodiles, which we hadn't seen the previous day. Unfortunately we didn't manage to see either, but we were once again lucky enough to see Probiscous Monkeys, Hornbills, Long tailed and the rarer pig tailed macaques, kingfishers and plenty of egrets. After nearly 2 hours, we were all pretty hungry and therefore made our way back to camp. The second boat of people who were only a couple of minutes behind us managed to see both otters and crocodiles in this time, which was a little bit disappointing for us, but by no means the end of the World.
Back in camp, we ate a hearty breakfast and then got ready for a jungle walk, which set off around 10.30. We did a circuit of around 600m, but in this short space we were lucky enough to come across some really interesting species including a flat headed worm, one of the Worlds smallest frogs, which is the size of a thumbnail, the Worlds smallest squirrel and 2 types of millipede, one which smelt of amaretto when you rubbed it. Julia ended up rubbing the poor thing so much that she smelt of marzipan by the end of it all!!
After we had eaten lunch, we were paid a visit from a group of macaques who proceeded to try and steal all the pancakes that were left over. We thought it was hilarious and made for some great pictures, the guides were less enthused, especially when one ran into someones hut and tried to steal a can of Coke! Next up there was a football game, where Europe edged a 2-1 win over Malaysia, although i chose to sit out rather than lose 3 gallons of water from sweating in the searing humidity! Around 14.
Our final trip was an evening jungle trek and ended up been one of my favourite activities. We waded off in our gum boots in search of nocturnal animals and came across some real beauties. Highlights included the Bornean tarantular that was only discovered last year, 2 types of tree frog, several types of spider and 2 species of scorpion, including the largest scorpion of South East Asia.
After a good nights sleep and another filling breakfast, it was time to depart camp and head back up river. The two days and nights that we had spent were really enjoyable, made more so by the enthusiasm and friendliness of our guides. Id certainly recommend Uncle Tans as a company although i would not read too much into the 'jungle' trekking as it was more like a logged forest that has sadly been left. Still, there was a good diversity of wildlife to be seen and appreciated.
We connected with a mini bus and made our way to Semporna, where the islands and diving possibilities loomed tantalisingly close. Hannes decided that he was heading back to Kota Kinabalu, so it was back to just Julia and I again.