Excursions from Sepilok and Sandakan in Borneo (Sabah - Malaysia)
August 18 and 22, 2008
Sepilok is a nice place along the border of Borneo rainforest and can be reached by car from Sandakan airport in about 30 minutes. There are several eco-lodges in Sepilok, offering accommodation, guided tours in the Borneo rainforest and to nearby Orang Utan research rehabilitation centre, the Gomangtong caves and an ancient cemetery at Batu Tulug.
Once in Sepilok, after a short car ride from Sandakan airport, we reach this eco lodge in the middle of Borneo rainforest.
This lodge in Borneo has a nice garden all around and confortable accommodation.
In Sepilok there is the world's most important Orang Utan Rehabilitation center, where Orang Utan are rescued and helped to return in the forest.
The trail crossing part of the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, with the huge trees all around.
Colorful insects in the Borneo rainforest, Malaysia.
A big green lizard, capable to change its colour.
From Sepilok is possible to take a full day excursion to Gomantong caves where thousands of bats and birds have their home. The nests produced by the birds (swiftlets) are collected and used by Chinese traditional medicine for different purposes.
The swiftlets' nests are located very high in the cave, sometimes more than 40 meters. These ladders, made of bamboo and ropes are used to reach the cave's roof and are continuously subject to maintenance.
From the bolied bird's nests, a kind of "soup" is obtained. It is used by Chinese traditional medicine for various purposes. The price for the nests may reach one thousand Euro per kilogram.
The caves are also the home for thousands of Cockroaches and other small creatures living over tons of bat's escrements and guano from birds.
From Sepilok there is another interesting excursion going to Batu Tulug cemetery dated 500 years old, when the deads where uplifted on a mountain and stored inside caves, rather than buried underground. On the right, the stair going onto mountain's top.
The coffins on the top of the mountain.
Views onto Borneo rainforest from the cemetery in Batu Tulug.
The second and last eco lodge where we stayed in Sepilok.