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“Encounter with Pygmy Elephants”

Kinabatangan Jungle Camp
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Sukau
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

I took a trip to Sukau with my daughter and her boyfriend. We took an afternoon cruise on the Kinabatangan River. Was quite uneventful on the first part of the journey. After about 30 minutes, our guide made a sighting of pygmy elephants. At first we could only see it camouflaged among the trees. First we saw one and then another and another...wow we saw about 7 of the handsome creatures, one after another. As we were leaving the spot, our guide turned the boat around and we come close to one juvenile elephant with tasks. We saw it up close and personal. Besides the elephants we also saw a few varieties of hornbills, proboscis monkeys, long tailed monkey, darters and egrets. It was indeed a worthwhile trip and we were really blessed!!

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Better Orang Thing Going on in Kuching!!! Here it is all about hype and $$$. The Orangs looked under nourished and were basically very unhealthy looking for being 'cared' for. Plus, the two tiered entry fee standard is very unfair, bespeaks of tourist trap.

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Reviewed June 30, 2011

Very friendly staff make you feel welcome as soon as you step off the boat. Food was simple but excellent (we had a whole BBQ-ed fish one night which was delicious). Accommodation simple but clean - we were impressed considering it's the jungle and the place must be flooded for part of the year. Lovely open air dining area up on stilts - big monitor lizards and boars visit the area at night -we also saw a jungle cat! Binoculars are available for hire but they ran out - if you can bring your own pair it's well worth it.

Recommend you stay two nights to get the most out of the boat trips. The first afternoon we went out we saw an orangutan building his nest only 50m down river from the camp which was magic. Lots of monkies, a snake and hornbills. Didn't see a whole lot on the morning trips but got to see the various parts of the river which was beautiful.

The second evening we journeyed over an hour down river to try to find the pygmy elephants. Our guide spotted them through the trees and took the boat right up to the river bank. We jumped out and followed him into the jungle but they'd already left the clearing. When we got back to the boat we discovered we all had brought at least one tiger leech back with us. My partner is phobic so at this point was losing her mind, crying and wanting to go back to the camp. The guide, however, was focused on finding the elephants. We went a little way further down the river and found them! Right on the river bank - we were able to get pretty close. Amazing experience but the mother was very angry and the woman in the boat in front of us nearly got her head kicked. (I hate to think what might have happened had we found them when we were on foot). Safety is not much of a consideration - which became very clear when the sun went down and we still hadn't reached camp only to discover that our boat didn't have a big spotlight the other boats did. The river is full of debris (logs and branches moving quite quickly with the current - not to mention crocodiles!) - the boats are small and every time we hit something at speed the driver would cut the engine and we and the other people in the boat would pray that it not overturn. It would finish rocking and we'd keep going. The other boat from our camp went ahead to get us a light and in the meantime our driver continued in the dark with a flash light provided by one of our fellow tourists. VERY SCARY EXPERIENCE.

The other boat eventually came back with a light for us and we made it back in one piece but it was a pretty harrowing ride. The guide must have done the trip hundreds of times so we can only trust that he knew what he was doing but it seemed to everyone in the boat that an accident could have easily happened.

All in all this place was great and we were very happy to see the amazing wildlife - but brace yourself for sometimes flippant attitudes toward safety.

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