Unlike the previous day we had a more leisurely and civilised start to our final day in the Danum Valley with an eight o’clock breakfast
which included a view up to where we had trekked the day before.
After breakfast we met guide Daryl and started our final morning walk to an area where scientists were observing an orang utan family way up in the trees above. We could distinguish an orang utan nest in the foliage but not individual orang utans.
With binoculars we could see the alpha male moving about but it was virtually impossible to take a clear photo of him through the foliage. Here’s my best effort, so you can see what I mean.
Suddenly there was a strong movement of branches above. Most of our little group started to move forwards in the hope of gaining a better view or taking a good photo but our guide Daryl quickly said come back. Given we were in the ‘wilds of Borneo’ we did as we had been directed, just in time to avoid being sprayed from above by a peeing orang utan! As soon as the alpha male orang utan had finished peeing one of the scientists did move forward and began to collect urine samples. This would enable them to have a DNA record of the alpha male and in time check if he was already on their database or whether he was new to their observations. Interesting to observe.
We continued our walk and didn’t have to go too far to see the red leaf monkey family we had seen the day before. The male was easy to see as he enjoyed his breakfast. However his constant movement made a clear photo tricky as you can see.
The mother and the baby, which had been caught the afternoon before, were visible but it was hard to take a clear photo of them amongst the branches. As we continued walking through the rainforest we came upon these huge columns of worm castings. Most unusual.
The rainforest was really beautiful and it was peaceful with just the three of us walking along the path.
After having completed a large loop we crossed over a swinging bridge. Daryl suggested it was a good photo opportunity so we accepted his offer.
From there we diverted down to the river
before finishing back at the lodge where we asked another guide to take a photo of the three of us. It was time to thank Daryl for all his work in making our stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge such a unique and memorable experience.
After Daryl headed off we cleaned up our boots
before returning to our chalet and packing up. We had just enough time for a quick lunch from the buffet before buying a book from the resort shop. Then it was time to farewell the wonderful staff who had looked after us. We were quite touched when Daryl turned up too, as it would clearly have been his time off. We clambered aboard our 4WD vehicle for the return journey to Lahud Datu. This time we didn’t have to tackle the wonky bridge on foot
as we just drove straight across the river.
On our return drive back out as we reached the forest rehabilitation nursery we stopped for a quick look at the rows and rows of plants being grown to continue the work of replanting the secondary rainforest area.
This is a project that has been ongoing since the early 1990s.
Further along the road there many piles of evidence of elephants in the area but sadly/fortunately not when we came through. The driver told us that they had been near the road earlier in the day. On our arrival at Lahud Datu airport we discovered our flight was delayed by three hours which didn’t impress us. We ended up sitting outside chatting to a British couple who had also been staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley. Our plane finally arrived as darkness came to Lahud Datu. Boarding was completed quickly and we were soon on our way back to Kota Kinabalu.