23.06.2012 - 23.06.2012
Kuching itself was a really nice city, great food, friendly people and some lovely views over the river at sunset. It did however, have a very strange love of cats, there were tacky cat statues all over the city - meow. Apparently the name Kuching has something to do with cat in Malay, but still, very odd.
On our first night we had an amazing meal at a riverside restaurant and watched the sunset - lush.
Our 2nd day in Kuching was one of my favourite days in the whole of our travels so far! We went to the Semmengogh nature reserve in search of some wild orangutans!
The orangutans all live in the jungle but everyday, the staff at the reserve put fruit in the same place in the hope it attracts them to where we can spot them. At the first feeding area we went to, there was already a mother & baby enjoying some lunch, but we were quickly told to proceed to the main feeding area where the big male (Ritchie) had been spotted!
This got Louie and I very, very excited!
And sure enough, there he was, Ritchie, in all his hairy ginger glory. He was the biggest most beautifullest *moon face* I have ever seen in my life!
I could barely contain my excitement as I watched Ritchie chomp on his bananas and swing through the trees.
Also in the feeding area was a mother with her 4-month old baby, the baby was so small we didn't even notice him at first.
After Ritchie and the mother disappeared into the forest we headed back to the first feeding zone. Another mother-baby duo were there and a couple more orangutans joined them later for a banana feast. AMAZING!!
The next day we headed to Bako National Park, it's basically a big rainforest where you can do lots of jungle trekking and see plenty of wildlife.
The first thing we noticed when we got to Bako was all of the 'beware of crocodile' signs littered everywhere and the huge crocodile skull in the waiting area - made me feel very comfortable!
We then had a 30min boat ride through crocodile infested water to get to the rainforest. When we arrived, we checked into our little dorm room and went on what we thought would be a quick walk through the jungle. The 'path' we chose to follow is supposedly one of the smaller trails, but took forever! Tree-root-ridden, stoney, muddy hills with a serious gradient - Louie would NOT stop singing the Bear Grylls themetune!
When we finally arrived at the beach, we were greeted by an abandoned crocodile nest and a huge wild pumba!
On the second day at Bako we did a longer trek to a waterfall. The sun was out in full 40' force and the paths were even trickier to negotiate than the previous day's. This led to a very hot & sweaty Louie and Charles, eeewww.
The next day we caught the boat/bus back to Kuching and treated ourselves to a pizza hut - serious yummies.
- Moon face - a large male orangutan with a big round face.