Christine Reddall travelled to Borneo with Audley.
Male orangutan, Sepilok
In February this year, we travelled with Audley to Borneo.
The whole three weeks was the most incredible experience.
We saw so much wildlife including a huge turtle laying her eggs on Lankayan Island, a rare sighting of a mouse deer in a clearing in the trees, a banded civit, Hornbills nesting in the tree opposite our lodge and one feeding her chick in the tree, a huge python right above our heads! and probiscus monkeys playing yards in front of us.
However, nearly everyone goes to Borneo to see orangutan, and we were no exception. We visited the two sanctuaries of Sepilok and Semenggok and were disappointed. Though no guarantees of sightings, at Semengogg we saw nothing and Sepilok was too crowded.
We were however in for a marvellous treat at Danum Valley when their largest orangutan named King decided to come into camp and nest in the tree right outside our lodge. We watched him eat his supper, then climbed 'our' tree and made a nest. At 6am the following morning, we watched him complete his ablutions in the tree, climb down and eat his breakfast. We were treated to an amazingly close encounter over two days from this marvellous animal.
We stayed at Danum Valley for five days and would seriously recommend this amount of time there to see the most of the wildlife.