Borneo, Malaysia, Monday 28/09

Good breakfast at the hotel, did the local thing and had rice! Back in to Taxis and to the airport. Had a short 20 minute flight on a Fokker 50 (MASwings) to the Mulu National Park. Hit by the humidity and heat as we got off.

On the runway at Mulu Airport

On the runway at Mulu Airport

Dropped our bags in the lodges and had lunch in the cafeteria. Good food but a little more expensive as everything needed to be brought in by plane or boat. Hot and sticky in the afternoon told it was in the mid thirties and ~90% humidity. Ranger Richard was our guide for the walk through the jungle. About 3.5km, mainly on boardwalks, to two caves. Saw plenty of insect life along the way.

Mulu boardwalk

Mulu boardwalk

Huge Centipede

Huge Centipede

Caterpillar and crysalis

Caterpillar and crysalis

The biggest cave was called Deer Cave and was home to about five million bats. There were also plenty of Swiftlets swooping about. The massive piles of guano produced by the bats were home to all sorts of insects. The smell given off was pretty powerful! Concrete paths had been constructed right through the cave so we could get a view of the bats at roost.

Then walked round to Lang’s Cave which was smaller and home to less wildlife, but did have impressive Stalactite and Stalagmite formations. As evening approached we walked to an observation post back down the path. As the weather was good we were lucky enough to see the spectacular sight of the all the bats from the Deer Cave leaving en masse. The stream of bats lasted for a good half an hour!

Deer Cave, Mulu

Deer Cave, Mulu

With the light fading we walked back to HQ for dinner in the cafeteria. Had a very tasty Laksa.

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