On our way to the BRL in Danum Valley with Wildland Adventures, we witnessed 3-foot Small-Clawed River otters undulating across the road, Red leaf monkeys flying through the trees, a galloping Bearded Pig, a group of Pygmy elephants blocking the road 6 km from the lodge, with 24 in front of us and 8 behind, hemming us in. The menacing trumpeting, the warning foot gesture and the side-to-side head shaking did not conspire to create a comfort zone for us! After a delay of 45 minutes we arrived safely at BRL.
We donned leech socks and hiking boots for most of our hikes. Even so, 7/8 of us got “leeched”, earning certificates. Hiking a small local river, we had a rare sighting of a 10 foot King Cobra, slithering downstream with its head raised high, swiveling side-to-side.
One highlight was witnessing sunrise at the Weather Station, an hour drive from BRL. At 5:15 vague, dark images of the forest canopy appeared, protruding above the mist, appearing as islands with pounding surf at points where the mist was rising from its base covering of the jungle below. It was a 2nd tier to our world as we know it. As the day dawned the sound of Gibbon monkeys began, echoing everywhere with the evolving daylight.
Last last day at BRL, on a long hike, we became drenched after being caught in a 30 minute downpour, leaving shoes and all clothing soaked. We had nothing to lose when we reached the waterfall and pool, so we went in with leech socks and all! Great end to our adventure!