dundee, United Kingdom
August 15, 2002
We flew into the park by scheduled flight from Miri on board a twelve seater plane which flew low over the forest, the cockpit was open to us all so we could see the runway as we landed which was really neat.
At the entrance to the park there is a café/restaurant and some accommodation, there are also a number of river camps down the river run by private tour companies.
In the park itself there is a long boardwalk which is a great help as the ground is little more than a mix of roots and mud so would be heavy going. From the boardwalk be on the lookout for massive amounts of wildlife – particularly insects and birds which are often well camouflaged, don’t run your hand along the handrails as you may discover some extra insects hanging on the side!
The park guide assures us that the vast majority of insects are completely harmless – and don’t even bite.
The walk can be slippery in places if its been raining so wear sensible shoes – this takes you to a massive cave where they have built a shelter outside, at sunset the sky comes alive with thousands of bats streaming out of the cave. During the day its possible to enter the cave but as its home to a few thousand bats then its also home to a few thousand tonnes of guano – the smell is strong to say the least. If watching the bats at sunset remember to take a torch to get you back along the boardwalk.
From journal Wilderness & Wildlife in Borneo