Jungle trekking Day 2

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Get off my land!

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.

Up close and personal with a monitor lizard

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.

Caught in the act! 2 Long Tailed Macaques practising.... piggybacks!?!?
30, the head guide Lan decided to take us on an unscheduled bonus trip up the river to try and spot crocodiles. It took us around an hour, but eventually we saw 2 and i think Lan was as happy as any of the travellers that he had spotted them for us! At 17.00 we went back out for our last trip up river and came across most of the animals that we had seen over he previous 2 days and also some nice birds of prey.

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.

Dark Eared Tree Frog

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.

Deats says:
hahahaaha, i never heard this before! Not sure if i will dare do it in the wild, but if for some reason i end up in a zoo, then the teeth will be on display :D Thanks for the tip!!!
Posted on: Jul 24, 2009
almond72 says:
If you wanna spark a riot with monkeys, smile/grin (more specifically show them your teeth ) - they'll go berserk ! If you get ripped into shreds by whole gang of them - don't blame me though!
If you ever try this on gorillas - let me know...
Posted on: Jul 24, 2009
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Get off my land!
Get off my land!
Up close and personal with a monit…
Up close and personal with a moni…
Caught in the act! 2 Long Tailed M…
Caught in the act! 2 Long Tailed …
Dark Eared Tree Frog
Dark Eared Tree Frog
Egret flying down the Sungai Kinab…
Egret flying down the Sungai Kina…
Egret
Egret
Pack of Long Tailed Macaques by th…
Pack of Long Tailed Macaques by t…
Mychroyla Perparva, only 10-12mm i…
Mychroyla Perparva, only 10-12mm …
Tractor millipede
Tractor millipede
Long legged spider
Long legged spider
Plain pygmy squirrel
Plain pygmy squirrel
Flat Headed Worm
Flat Headed Worm
Red Leg Millipede
Red Leg Millipede
Julia with the skin of a Heremetru…
Julia with the skin of a Heremetr…
Julia and Hannes/Mary Poppins taki…
Julia and Hannes/Mary Poppins tak…
King of the jungle!
King of the jungle!
Pretty Butterfly
Pretty Butterfly
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
View of the Sungai Kinabatabgan
View of the Sungai Kinabatabgan
Monitor Lizard collapses after eat…
Monitor Lizard collapses after ea…
Long tailed Macaque
Long tailed Macaque
Long tailed Macaque
Long tailed Macaque
Probiscous Monkey
Probiscous Monkey
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Pig Tailed Macaque
Pig Tailed Macaque
Hornbill
Hornbill
Crocodile
Crocodile
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Hammes skinning the locals
Hammes skinning the locals
Hannes and I chilling at the camp
Hannes and I chilling at the camp
Julia asleep in the dining room!
Julia asleep in the dining room!
Long Tailed Macaque
Long Tailed Macaque
Rough Sided Skink
Rough Sided Skink
Rough Sided Skink
Rough Sided Skink
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard at the camp
Monitor Lizard at the camp
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Tarrantular
Tarrantular
Whip Scorpion
Whip Scorpion
Heremetrus Spinifer - Black Scorpi…
Heremetrus Spinifer - Black Scorp…
Bornean Blue Tarantular
Bornean Blue Tarantular
Dark Eared Tree Frog
Dark Eared Tree Frog
Cricket Tree Frog
Cricket Tree Frog
Dark Eared Tree Frog
Dark Eared Tree Frog
Long legged spider
Long legged spider
Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider
Wild Pig
Wild Pig
Playing some wierd game, that we m…
Playing some wierd game, that we …
Adult and baby long tailed Macaques
Adult and baby long tailed Macaques
Beetle
Beetle
The group ready to leave camp
The group ready to leave camp
Speed boat taking us up river
Speed boat taking us up river
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photo by: Deats