What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
After completing the 9k Sepilok trail, we went for dinner at the Banana Restaurant. There was a board walk leading from our accommodation to the restaurant and by that time of evening, it was quite dark. I was sitting with my back to the rails above the water, when I realised that people were looking at me or beside me... I turned round to look straight at an Orang Utan sitting on the rails! I had never heard him arrive. Seemingly Boogle, for that was his name, was a naughty escapee from the nearby Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and this was his habit - to visit the restaurant, get a baby's bottle of milk and some bananas, before returning to the Centre! He was very calm, as he was still being handled by humans at the centre and was happy for the diners to take photos. It's not often I have had an Orang Utan at my table in a restaurant!
We were making our descent from a viewpoint at the beautiful Danum Valley when our guide directed our attention to the trees - not easy when you are watching where you are putting your feet in a trail made from exposed tree roots - but as I looked up, I saw a mother Orang Utan, with her baby clinging to her chest, swing through the trees. She came into the trees above my head and I could look into her eyes. If I had stretched up, I might have been able to have touched her, she was so close. She paused for a moment but sensing no threat from the spell-bound human travellers, happily continued on her journey.
Just after our arrival at the Myne Resort on Kinabatangan River, the group went on a river trip. Our Guide Manuel had said that some elephants had been sighted grazing, so off we sped. As we turned a bend in the river, there was a whole herd of Pygmy Elephant - approximately 60 of them - grazing and bathing on the opposite bank. The boat was stopped on the river and we sat initially in silence and awe, gazing at these magnificent animals - then the cameras went into action! The guide and boat crew were happy to wait for as long as we wanted - there was no rush or urgency to move on to see something else - so we sat for almost an hour!