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Sukau River Lodge, Riverine Rainforests, Borneo

Updated on January 15, 2015

Riverine Rainforests, Borneo

The Riverine Rainforests in Borneo are a wonderful place to experience what remains of the once dense jungle and abundant wildlife that lives in this beautiful part of the world. The rain forests of Borneo are rapidly being destroyed for logging purposes and replaced with Palm-oil plantations, but a few small areas have been protected.

From Sukau River Lodge, deep in the jungle, it is possible to take boat trips to the ox-bow lakes and trek in the riverine rainforests where there is plenty of wildlife to see, and of course wonderful scenery.

Riverine Rainforests, Borneo

Sukau River Lodge

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Sukau River Lodge, Borneo

From Sukau River Lodge from which it is possible to take boat trips to the ox-bow lakes and trek in the riverine rainforests where there is plenty of wildlife to see, and of course wonderful scenery, although when I was there most of the wildlife was hiding with the exception of the leaches who seemed very pleased to see me. In fact on arrival at the jetty of our riverside lodge there was one waiting for us, sniffing the air. During the rainforest treks you have to wear long trousers tucked into leach socks and short sleeves, because they definitely will drop onto you, then head straight for your warm bits with good blood-flow (e.g. arm-pits) so the best way to deal with them is have your arms visible so people can alert you as they progress up your arms (rather than let them do it under cover inside a shirt) It is best to pull them off before they start drinking. They are relatively easy to pull off however and are quite cute once you get to know them. It is best to shower immediately after a jungle trip and check to see if you have missed any.

A Main Road in Borneo

A Main Road in Borneo
A Main Road in Borneo

Sukau River Lodge, Facilities

The rooms at the Sukau River Lodge are very rustic huts surrounded by jungle. The water in the showers was a little on the yellow side, presumably rainwater and filtered river water. I however thought it was a wonderful place to stay with a fantastic bar jutting out into the water and surrounded by mist from the jungle. No TV but an optional wildlife lecture and slide-show.

Flying Monkey

Flying Monkey
Flying Monkey

Proboscis Monkeys

You can also take boat trips, from the lodge, to look for the wonderful proboscis monkeys. They mostly sit high in the trees so they are difficult to photograph, but are a fantastic site, with the large fat dominant male sitting still with his huge nose and attentive females, while the younger males and females with their smaller noses leap around. I could watch them for hours. In fact I did. Absolutely wonderful, and you won't see this anywhere else in the world.

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey

Jungle House

Boat Trip into the Jungle

River Lodge Accommodation

River Lodge Accommodation
River Lodge Accommodation

Boat Trip into the Jungle

A Big Male Proboscis Monkey

A Big Male Proboscis Monkey
A Big Male Proboscis Monkey

Macaque Monkey

Macaque Monkey
Macaque Monkey

Borneo Gifts and Souvenirs

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    • SayGuddaycom profile image

      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Really good stuff

    • joanv334 profile image

      joanv334 6 years ago

      Hello, thanks for sharing!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

    • David Dove profile image

      David Dove 6 years ago

      Great lenses on Borneo Andy, many thanks, was there in the 60's, see my lens on RAF Labuan - my how it's changed, pity about the rainforrest.

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      audioguidemalaysia 7 years ago

      Seeing Borneo is like watching National Geographic real-life. Pick your jaw up when you see the majestic trees and magnificent mountains. It's really one of those places you should go before you die. Audio Guide Malaysia

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Who needs TV in a place like this? I certainly would not miss it. Although, I guess it would be good to keep up with the world news:)