Borneo Orangutan Adventure

Borneo Orangutan Adventure - March 2008

A charity-based adventure trip organised by "Sepilok Orangutan Appeal UK" who work with the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in the Sabah district of Malaysian Borneo. The trip had elements of white-water rafting, cycling, trekking, crossing rivers waist-deep, swimming, river cruises, village stays, evening fun (karaoke!) and, of course, seeing wildlife. I was pretty much mosquito and leech food but it was a small sacrifice. The adventure was damn good fun, educational and for a good cause too!
Fungi  Fungi at a beach near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Fungi  Fungi at a beach near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Footbridge  River footbridge, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Bamboo Raft Construction  Constructing a bamboo raft which we used for some white-water rafting. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Bamboo Raft Construction  Kulvinder Matharu on one of those bamboo rafts. Bit hard to sit on those things! That's supposed to be an oar that I'm holding but it was just a bamboo stick...hard work rowing that raft! I felt that I was totally submerged at one point when hitting a more vigorous rapid. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Kids at Play  Kids at play in the Kinabalu foothills at one of the small villages that I stayed at. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Praying Mantis  Praying mantis. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Spikes  Spotted this spikey plant on a jungle-trek. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Yellow Flowers  Stamen of a yellow flower near Mount Kinabalu. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Tractor Millipede  A tractor millipede. I've seen two other differently coloured tractor millipedes. There are rather a lot of them around. Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Matharu and mud  Trekked to a mud volcano which is used by local wildlife as a mineral/salt lick. I decided to get right in and tried burying myself! Couldn't be bothered to put my clothes back on and trekked back as is with hat, glasses, shorts and boots. At least the mud covering kept the leeches at bay! One of the few occasions that I wasn't "leeched". Luckily our local guide carried all of my other clothes and camera equipment. We soon came across  this dirt road when a vehicle filled with locals drove by and they gave us some funny looks...can't think why! Had a wash and swim in the river to remove all that mud when return back to the lodge. Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Red Flowers  Flowers in Sukau, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Yellow Flowers  Flowers in Sukau, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Matharu  Me along the Kinabatangan River in Sukau. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Prawns along the Kinabatangan  Kulvinder Matharu with a local fisherman and his catch of prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii or Giant Malaysian prawn) at a small village alongside the Kinabatangan River. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Wasp  Wasp. Sukau, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
River Sunset  Sunset along the Kinabatangan River near Abai fishing village for an overnight stay. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Palm  A palm tree along the Kinabatangan River near Abai fishing village an overnight stay. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Moon  Went out on the Kinabatangan River at night to catch sight of the fireflies near Abai fishing village. However the moon looked far more interesting! Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Fisherman  A fisherman near Sandakan. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Fungi  Fungi spotted during a jungle trek near Sepilok Laut. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Orangutan  Orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Orangutan  Orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Orangutan  Orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Golden Orb Web Spider  A Golden Orb Web Spider near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Ant  Ant near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Flowers  Parts of a flower near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Ant  Ant near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Flowers  Flowers near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Flowers  Flowers near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Leaf  Leaves of an interesting plant near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008. Butterfly  Butterfly near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Flower  Flowers near Sepilok. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.