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Popular Walking holiday
Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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The holiday was well planned in regards to maximising the best opportunities to see wildlife however the stays in Mulu ( bats and caves) and Kuching (city) were too long in my view . Great news though Exodus are looking to change this .
We saw 6 wild urangutans and sightings at the sanctuaries were limited due to trees fruiting late . It is possible to do all 3 sanctuaries at sepilok in the one day .
"Car park urangutan" we literally got out off the bus to be told by a driver that there was a mother and baby in the trees ,to be honest I thought he was playing a trick on us but there they were!
Bako was great - like your own little adventure and it would be great to be able to stay here in the future .
Our guide Rony was great always smiling and very knowledgeable in regards to the animals and culture of Borneo.
Remember the small animals - we have great photos of insects and make the most of the hornbills early on as we didn't see many of them towards the latter part of the holiday.
This was a wildlife orientated journey and we were not disappointed as far as wildlife was concerned.
We spent very little time in cities and town but were mostly in the jungle. However, we stayed in nice resorts and comfort was not a problem.
In reality, I didn't expect to see much wildlife but was pleasantly surprised when we came across a large herd of wild elephants on a river bank. (In addition we saw lots of different types of monkeys including the comical proboscis monkeys, different types of birds, crocodiles and snakes.)
Our group leader was a local guide. His English was very good and he was knowledgeable about all aspects of his country.
He was quite flexible and tweaked the itinerary when it was required.
This is a jungle expedition and so make sure that you have the right sort of gear like sensible boots. The temperature and humidity are very high and if you come in from Europe you do need to be careful and drink a lot of water. I would actually recommend that you bring packets of re hydrating salts.
I went to Borneo because I wanted to see Orang Utans in their natural environment, but I knew little else about the country. I saw Orang Utans in the rehabilitation centres and in the wild, but I also saw Sun Bears, dolphins, Macaque and Proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants - every day had a WOW moment. The jungle trekking was tough going at times but our excellent guides made sure they were still enjoyable treks, willingly sharing their knowledge and pointing out things of interest to our group. I learned so much about the local culture from visits to various centres, but also by chatting to our group leader Manuel. The accommodation was excellent and the transport provided was very safe. All activities were enjoyable and interesting - the camera was always in use! This holiday was intended to be a once in a life time trip, but now I want to go again. The holiday was everything I had hoped for and so much more.
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!
Our group leader was Manuel Gidiun and he was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the animal and plant life of Borneo and was always able to answer our queries. He also knew good places to eat, shop or the places of interest for sight-seeing. Manuel also helped us to deal with the practical issues e.g. where the nearest chemist could be found for those with tummy upsets or where to get laundry done cheaply - there is only so much that can be done in hotel basins! When any problems arose, he dealt with them immediately and effectively. We had a flight cancelled at the last minute due to weather problems, but we were not alarmed as Manuel immediately sorted out accommodation for us and made sure our boarding passes were ready for the next morning. He then re-arranged our remaining itinerary to ensure we did not miss out on the activities that had been planned. Manuel was a very sociable leader, remaining with the group at all times and sharing in our excitement and fun throughout the trip. He would tell us stories of growing up in Borneo, which added to the rich insights of the country. He was also a very organised team leader - every evening we had a briefing on the next day's activities - what clothes or footwear were advised, how much water we should take with us, whether we would be visiting places where we would spend money etc. - the little practical aspects which ensured we were able to enjoy all the activities. He was a team leader in whom we all had confidence and that reassured all of us.
Take plenty of memory cards for the camera! When you think you have enough packed, then add a few more - I have never taken so many photographs and videos on a holiday as I did in Borneo. You don't need to pack fancy clothes - it is definitely a tee-shirt and trekking trousers holiday. Good trekking shoes/boots, trekking sandals and a pair of flip-flops. Some of the treks can be a bit tough - I never knew there were so many steep hills in the jungle! - but they are still worthwhile and very enjoyable as the guides will ensure you get plenty of rest and water stops . You are in very safe hands in Borneo.
I loved every single minute of this holiday - every day had WOW moments, there was never a day when I was bored. The activities were excellent and the itinerary ensured that we packed so much into our holiday. Every holiday to Borneo will be different as the wildlife do not work to our plans, but the guides are very quick to spot the animals and birds. We were very lucky as our group saw so much of the local wildlife. I like the fact that Exodus work with smaller groups - that allows the group to bond together during the holiday - we were like a little family.
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