where I left my heart…..
Please be aware that in this post won’t be mentioning: people causing deforestation, ruining animals natural habitat, keeping orangutan as pets ecc. this post is just a short information about what I have experienced on my trip. If you would like to know more about orangutan, jungle and books I have read or get contact details for my friend-guide in Borneo please send me a private message.
I have visited many countries but there is one in particular I will always remember – Borneo (Indonesian part)
Maybe you gonna think there is not much to do but just jungle and nature and to be honest you are right. There is jungle, nature, friendly people and ORANGUTAN.
I didn’t know much about this animals before I went to Indonesia just after this trip I realised that I want to know more and more and try to help endangered species. I have spend there 3 days rented a boat, guide and cook. I was exploring a rainforest natural habitat of many of the animals. My guide become my friend – till now we talk to each other updating on what is going on in our life.
This 3 days that I spend in the jungle were magical the silence when you cruise on a boat, splashing water animal calls and flying bugs are probably the only thing you gonna see and hear for good few hours. I was taken to the Camp Leaky where for the first time ever I have seen this beautiful creatures. We went through the rainforest to arrive to the feeding platforms. My guide Rafael told me to be as quiet as possible and just be patient. The team that works in the park started calling the animals to let them know that the dinner was served. We were waiting patiently everyone ready with the cameras or phones trying to take the best spot for photos. In a distance we heard noise and we could see moving trees.
Then from nowhere a furry orange animal appeared. Shy slowly moved to the feeding platform tempted by smell of bananas and fresh milk. Yes they drink milk!! I was surprised too. I am not a specialist but I read that we are 97% similar with orangutans!!
You are in the rainforest so don’t expect to get any phone signal. Forget about calling, texting or checking your social media. This is the time for you, nature and loved ones.
The night comes fast and almost all the noises disappear. The sunrise starts at 4am and you will be waken up by all animals: monkeys, gibbons, birds. They are there to tell you I’m awake so you should get up as well. One of the incentives of this trip was to sleep on the boat deck surrounded by nature all the sounds and smells. If you can choose go for this option.
I had another day ahead of me exploring the rainforest and learning new things. Have you ever experienced the rain in the rainforest? It won’t leave anything dry on you it’s pointless to try to protect yourself with an umbrella as it’s gonna rain so heavily that even your underwear is gonna get wet. This was the last day on the boat and one last feeding platform that I visited I got soaking went – my shoes, clothes, hair, backpack literally everything was wet. Even animals didn’t like it too much as the orangutan started to break the brunches and make a provisional umbrella with leafs. It was so funny as they would observe people and just do what they were doing. This experience always will be with me and every day I’m thinking about going there for longer trip with tree planting option to stop global warming.
If you want to join me please feel free…