Nov 28, 2016 – Cruising Down the Kinabatangan River

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A Wild Proboscis Monkey

See more photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskMCj2y4

According to Lonely Planet, the Kinabatangan Rive is 560 km long and one of the best places in Southeast Asia to see jungle wildlife. Often there are one to three day tours from Kota Kinabalu or other towns. However, they are quite expensive, so Franki, Ranah, and I decided to travel to the source to find our own river cruise – the tiny village of Sukau. We stayed at the Sukau Evergreen Lodge which was right on the water and had the entire place to ourselves. The village consisted of one restaurant and a few shops positioned at the front of people’s homes. It was a very peaceful and relaxing place.

The caretaker recommended that we take a tour in the afternoon (which we did), and it only costed about 50 ringgit per person. The river cruise was great! We saw long tailed macaques, proboscis monkeys, endangered hornbills, and more. Proboscis monkeys are ginormous and have a particularly large nose… kind of like the character Squidward from SpongeBob SqurePants. Unfortunately, we did not see any crocodiles or pygmy elephants.

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