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  • 34 years old
  • From Carlisle, United Kingdom
  • Currently in Manchester, United Kingdom

Borneo

I've finally arrived in Borneo and have done some pretty aweasome things already in the 2 days I've been here.

A night in the jungle...

Malaysia Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia  |  Apr 06, 2011
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I’ve had an eventful passed couple of days.  The day before yesterday I went white water rafting and yesterday I spent a night in the jungle!

The white water rafting was great fun.  It was my first time so I chose the beginners route.  Some parts were just paddling down the river and some were a bit more bumpy but nothing too scary.  The scenery in the area was lovely and bobbing down the rapids whilst having water fights with the other rafts was a very fun way of seeing it!

The next day was the day I had been dreading...sleeping in the jungle.  I’m absolutely petrified of spiders so sleeping where big huge man eating monster spiders live is not exactly my cup of tea!  There aren’t any tarantulas here apparently and I’m assured by the camp leader that they very rarely see big spiders at the camp but this does nothing to calm my nerves.  It’s just one lowly mosquito net between me and them! 

I used to watch jungle programmes and think there’s no way I would sleep in the jungle even if someone paid me a million pounds to do it.  Now I’m doing it for free all in the name of work.

On the way from Kota Kinabalu to the jungle camp we drive passed Mount Kinabalu.  We are very lucky as there is no cloud around the top of the mountain so we can see it’s stunning jagged peak.  Everyone I’ve spoken too here says it’s well worth the effort and that climbing up about the clouds to watch the sunrise is mind-blowing.

We stop off at a war memorial, some hot springs and a butterfly farm on the way before arriving at our final destination – the jungle.

After a 20 minute walk from the road we reach the camp.  The hammocks are in bamboo huts with a ceiling and a floor but no walls.  They are covered with mosquito nets and are surprisingly comfortable.

There is a river and a small waterfall nearby and the clean, fresh air is filled with the sound of water crashing over the rocks, along with the chirping sound of cicadas and birds merrily tweeting.  It’s so nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of the city and totally surrounded by nature.

After a scrumptious dinner of pasta  made in the camp kitchen we all head off for an early night and are in bed by 10pm.  I didn’t sleep much as all I could think of was whether there were any spiders on my mosquito net, despite the fact I’d only seen one small spider all day!

Even though I didn’t sleep that much, just lying in the pitch black surrounded by the sounds of the jungle was an amazing experience and something that I will never forget.

The next day surprisingly I wish that I had another nights as I’m a lot more relaxed and I think I would be able to sleep a lot better and enjoy myself more.  Unfortunately my journey has to end as I’m flying back to the Philippines later on today.

Overall, I’ve had an amazing trip.  All the projects I’ve visited have been great and are doing fantastic  work, and the places I have been have been really beautiful.  I’m looking forward to start sending volunteers to all of the projects and also on the responsible tours that we are going to be offering that will include a whole host of exciting activities such as, climbing Mount Kinabalu and spending a few nights in the jungle learning jungle survival techniques, whilst at the same time preserving the environment by also spending time planting trees.

Most of the tours and projects should be up and running on our website soon so keep your eyes peeled and be one of the first to take part in an Indonesian or Bornean adventure!

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