DAY 3& 4
It’s time to meet Borneo’s most famous inhabitants: orangutans. Catch the 8.35am flight to Sandakan, and arrive at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre just in time to see these furry orange creatures having elevenses. If you’re lucky, you might also catch sight of pigmy elephants and
orphan orangutans being taught the skills of life (first lesson: watch out for thieving bastard lemur monkeys) by a team of volunteers. Next, hot-foot it to the Sandakan Yacht Club jetty where, if you’ve booked a lodge at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, your speedboat will be waiting to whisk you into the heart of the wildlife-rich river-lands. All the lodges at KWR are off wooden boardwalks in the marshy grass. There are walkie-talkies instead of phones. At night the noise of the frogs and flies is louder than a dual carriageway. Do a night-time river safari – the fireflies light up the trees like Christmas, allowing you to see electricblue indigenous birds and fruit bats. Look down at the water, and you’ll see alligators gliding alongside you, looking for wild deer and boar in the woods. Repeat the next morning and, as the jungle wakes up, catch proboscis and lemur monkeys having breakfast as the sun rises.
K I D S N A A N B A T L A N G A N W E T Must. Resist. Urge. To. Swim
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA
We imagine heaven looks A LOT like this