Mulu National Park
17.01.2011 - 19.01.2011 32 °C
Feel free to comment on how cheesy you think that post title is
Well as you surely know by now we did manage to reach Mulu (and yes I know I'm behind on the blogging). The weather cleared (we actually got a bit of sun and no rain in Mulu!) and we finally boarded a flight on another small ATR72 prop plane for the 20 minute flight (the same trip by boat takes 12 hours - there is no road access to the park). This was the view from the plane...
It was proper jungle and I was apprehensive about where we were staying at Park HQ. We couldn't get a standard room so we had to book one of their new bungalows which was probably the most luxurious room we've stayed in yet and remarkably bug free! The park was really well managed and even their restaurant served well priced and tasty food. We were staying for two nights but arrived late of course on the first day. The second day was taken up by a tour of four caves, the first two (Clearwater and Wind Cave) had to be reached by boat, and in the afternoon we walked to Deer and Lang Caves. All were spectacular and the guides were all locals who had grown up in Mulu. Photos really don't do the caves justice, but I tried anyway (check out the videos I uploaded on youtube)
The winner of them all was Deer Cave. This was the location of the filming of an episode of David Attenborough's Planet Earth on caves and also the home of about three million bats which in turn made it the toilet for about three million bats. The smell of ammonia when you walked in was overpowering and gross and the fact that you were walking on boardwalks surrounded by enormous piles of bat shit resulted in a rather swift walk through this cave for fear of being shat or pissed on. It is Deer Cave that holds access to the very beautiful Garden of Eden, features a very odd rock formation resembling Abraham Lincoln and it's also the spot where you can witness the bat exodus each evening at dusk where the cave's population of bats fly out in formation for their nightly feed.
The following morning we went on a canopy walk. Twenty five metres up off the forest floor Mulu's canopy walk is the longest in the world. It helps if you don't look down.
Mulu was an amazing experience and I'm so happy we were able to get there. I think I would consider coming back to Borneo to do more treks in Mulu, I have never been somewhere where every inch of the place was teeming with life. It is a place that could both kill you with its various deadly animals and plants or could cure you of colds, shingles and burns among other things - that's where it pays to have a local with you