Markets, Palaces, Ballet and a Change of Guides

May 30. This morning, after an elaborate buffet brunch at the hotel, we meet our guide, Imam, and walk the short distance to the market. The city is pretty much overrun with motor bikes, which dominate the traffic, buzzing in and out. Miraculously there seem to be few, if any, accidents. Everyone does adhere to […]

More Canopies and More Orangutans

May 28. We rise early for bird watching. Another lovely breakfast served to us by the river.  Here we are, with Jariah. Azmil had in mind a walk along the road to spot birds, but we had another idea. We’d all enjoyed the canopy walk so much the other day that we wanted to do […]

Leeches and Orangutans in the Wild

May 27. We rise early for another private breakfast in our pavilion by the river, served by Jariah. We learn that Jariah is 25 years old and has been at the lodge for 2 1/2 years, her first job after college. We set out through the very muddy forest. Azmil finds some interesting birds, including […]

In the Primary Rainforest

May 25. After an early breakfast outside at the lodge, we are driven some two hours to Lahad Datu, where we have coffee at the main office of the local travel company and transfer to another vehicle in order to continue to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge on the shores of the Danum River. The additional […]


May 23. We had planned to rise early again for another morning of bird watching in the reserve with our guide. But on the advice of our travel agent, so as to be sure not to miss the orangutan feeding, we switched to a 4AM pickup and transfer to the airport in time for our very […]