DAY 3& 4

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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


We imag­ine heaven looks A LOT like this

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