Uncle Tan’s Wildlife Camp – Part 3 of 8
Sunset & Night Cruise
The excitement never ended at Uncle Tan’s Wildlife Camp. After the afternoon river cruise, we had some refreshment and check-in to our room. Shortly we were called for the sunset cruise. This was because Uncle Tan team spotted the Borneo Pygmy elephants, world’s smallest elephant. Usually the elephants would gather near the river for a shower before sunset.
Sep was a good season for watching elephants coz their migration route was near to our camp that month. And yes we found them. This is one of the highlight, so I will blog more about them tomorrow. Frankly, seeing Borneo Pygmy elephants in the wild is already worth the long journey to come here.
After saying goodbye to the elephants, we continued our sunset river cruise on Kinabatangan River. More birds and monkeys were seen. The world’s largest crocodile species also lives in Kinabatangan. We saw a few small ones, about 8 feet in length. They can grow up to 9 Metres long. Wow… that’s as big as a boat.
Soon the sunset was approaching. We returned to our camp with great satisfaction of what we’ve seen. If you like river safari, Klias River (near Beaufort) is also a great place to visit. But Klias wetland is a peat swamp forest, a different experience.
Once you have seen the beauty of Kinabatangan, you will understand why environmental bodies are trying so hard to protect the forest and rivers. It is very saddening to imagine those wonderful wildlife losing their home and extinct due to deforestation, which is happening now.
The night river safari started at 10 PM, which was our 3rd river cruise of the day. Tomorrow we will have morning river cruise and night safari (jungle trekking). You would see different animals in each cruise. For the 1-hour night cruise, we saw Malay civets, fish owls, monkeys, hornbill, monitor lizard, and crocodiles. The eyes of animals can reflect light in the dark. The boatman used the spotlight to scan for such “reflection” in the trees and river. That’s how we spot them.
Photos taken in Lower Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo
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