We visited Sepilok (Malaysian Borneo) in 2008, staying at the Sepilok Nature resort. We love monkeys of any kind but orangutans are particularly appealing. So we feel particularly fortunate to have visited Indonesian Borneo too. We can now make a valid comparison. Although Rimba is not quite Sepilok, you really feel that you are at one with nature. It’s a bit rough and ready but that’s part of its appeal. The rooms are part of a chalet type complex built entirely of wood. The rooms are spacious with a desk, chair, mosquito nets around the bed, safe and fan. The shower is hot and vigorous....the water drains straight through the wooden floor. The low voltage lighting in the bathroom makes it a bit gloomy though and if you are wanting to use the facilities during the day make sure you have a torch. The electricity is only on during the evening. Drinking water is provided in a flask,although we chose to have bottled. No TVs or Wi-fi....which was quite refreshing. No alcohol is available for sale. We knew before we arrived but we were rather put out to find Germans drinking bottles of Bintang which apparently had come “from the boat”. If you don’t think you can manage an alcohol free stay, make sure you take your own drinks. It seems the staff are happy to put drinks in the fridge and serve them to you at meal-times. The three course meals are healthy, tasty and ample, although we did seem to have mainly variations of chicken and rice.
We enjoyed watching the mass exodus of probicis monkeys at dawn. The forest is literally feet from your chalet (sometimes they clamber on the roof). It’s amazing how they catapult themselves from tree to tree using the saplings. The babies have to cling on for dear life. They must have vice-like grips given the G force. There’s also a troup of macaques. You are discouraged from feeding the monkeys to avoid them becoming “vermin” (their phrase). They therefore keep their distance and remain completely wild.
Each day you venture out in the boat to different parts of the rain forest.Normally a fifteen to twenty minute walk along a forest pathway or boardwalk to the orangutan feeding centres. We had some extremely close encounters. We loved the wildness of the place. Would definitely go back although it is a bit of a mission to get there.
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