Ω People of the Jungle Ω
I am finally back from these 5 days trip in Borneo’s Jungle. I left Shanghai on Friday the 31th of January. I wrote everyday about what I did. I’ve tried to be brief and I tried to talk about the most important things.
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Day 1: Friday 31 of Jan
There I go. In China it’s the Spring Festival, meaning holidays for the Chinese New Year. We’ve got one-week vacation, so we decided to go to Borneo.
Woke up at 6:00 am. Good Morning. Hard Morning. We leaved Shanghai and its usual smog caused by the pollution.
Everything was going too easily in the airport. And obviously, as a tradition in China, our plane was delayed. 1h 30m. Happily we had three hours to wait in Hong Kong before our next plane to Jakarta. Finally arrived in Jakarta about 8:00 pm, we went directly to the hotel in Jakarta.
Yeah, why am I going to a hotel when I told you I was going to Borneo? Because there is only one flight per day to Borneo, and this is the same story from Borneo to Jakarta.
Well, it was a travelling day. Shanghai è Jakarta.
Tomorrow morning I will go roaming in Jakarta.
And obviously, I was about to forget… Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy Chinese New Year!
Day 2: Saturday 1 of Feb
Hey you all,
It was a religious morning. You know Indonesia is mainly a Muslim country and there are as well others religions, so we decided to go to visit the Muslim temple and then the Jakarta Cathedral. When we went to the Muslim temple, my mom and I had to wear a kind of dressing gown because we wore shorts and t-shirts. The building was enormous and the silence was peaceful. The Cathedral was huge too; its gothic style was wonderful!
It was the time to get back to the hotel to leave and go to the airport because our flight to Borneo was scheduled at 3:00pm.
On our way back, we had our tourist moments, taking picture with dressed Indonesian and buying Jakarta’s tee.
Well, we went to the airport, and we get our flight on time! It is something less and less common nowadays in the airports.
Obviously, few people really want to go to Borneo to see Orangutans, be in the jungle, leave his smartphone, live some days without network and breathe real pure air! All that to say the plane was empty.
About 4:00pm, our plane was taking-on in Borneo’s airport. Our guide was waiting for us in the “baggage claim” area. I never saw that kind of airport. One track, two planes and nothing more. Well, we took taxies to get to our boat. Yeah our trip into the jungle was on a boat. We lived 5 days on a boat in the real middle of nowhere.
Our guide introduces to us the boat’s crew. During our entire trip they were awesome!
Then we left the “city” and we get inside the Orangutans National Park and the network died. We began to see monkeys on the sides of the river. Deeper and deeper we went, more and more monkeys there were.
After two hours, we hooked the boat to a leaf. In the jungle, we do with what we’ve got. And there aren’t many things there.
We stopped ourselves for more than one minutes. The deep pink of the sky when the sun went down was awesome and so photogenic! Secondly, because of the awesome stars’ sky we’ve got. When you are in the middle of nowhere, there is no light to disturb your vision, so you can see the Milky Way. It was unbelievable and almost magic.
Then, after a day to run, meeting the Indonesian mosquitoes and fighting with the tiredness I was becoming awful to myself and to my family. I was scratching myself and I was more than suffering from the warmness. I couldn’t stand it… And I asked to the crew to turn on the pump to get a shower (yeah, a shower with the river’s water!), after that I felt so much better! Then I directly went to bed to take a long and deep rest!
Day 3: Sunday 2 of Feb
We woke up about 6:30 am to take our breakfast and then we went to the real part of our trip.
Our guide brought us to a first point that they called “Feeding Point”. As I told you I visited a National Park where all animals are protected, especially the Orangutans.
There in Borneo there were 315 000 Orangutans in the very beginning of the 20th century, and now, there are about 5000 Orangutans. What is the reason of their disappearance? Several Indonesians companies and Internationals companies are deforesting the island of Borneo for the Palm Oil growing, yeah the product used for production of Nutella®. The National Park is threated every single day by those companies, which want more land to cultivate always more.
Well, we went to a first feeding point. There, we saw Orangutans. They came to this place to eat fruits and drink fresh milk that guardians bring to them. They are wild; we can’t go too close to them. Females have to protect their children and males have to protect him-self. And even if they used to see human tourists, they don’t trust us because they don’t know us so we have to be really careful.
Don’t be noisy, don’t do sudden movements and don’t get too close.
Then we went to a second Feeding point, a bigger one. Barely arrived on the landing stage we’ve met two Orangutans. It looked like they were there just to take perfect poses for photos! We got deeper in the jungle with our guide and we arrived to the feeding point. There it was… I can’t find any word to describe that. They were there, in front of us, without any fences. I was standing up in front of them, looking at them. When you look in their eyes, you can see there is more than just life. To me, they have something human.
About 4:00 pm we went back to the boat. The captain just hooked the boat to a tree on the other side of the river. We saw all the others tourist’s boats leaving. We were the last one in the Jungle.
Someone has just interrupted me. Yes, the King of the Orangutans just came here on the landing stage to take a break in the fresh water with the Queen. It was perfect.
His name is Tom, he is 29 years old, he is the king since 2006 and he weights about 150kg. Don’t mess up with Tom. The crew took down the boat, and thanks to the water flow, we arrived on the landing stage. We went on the landing stage and we went close to the Queen (Siswi), but not too much. She is awesome! After a long hour just them and us, we get back on the boat and here I am.
It’s time for me to leave you. Tomorrow will be great too. Trekking in the jungle and then go to see Orangutans again!
indoniDay 4: Monday 3 of Feb
I’ve just finished my breakfast. It’s about 8:00 am and I am on the day 5. But I will tell you about yesterday! Don’t worry.
So, let’s begin.
We woke up as usual about 6:30 am to take our breakfast and take all our stuff and be ready for a 2 hours trek in the Jungle.
We left the boat around 8:30 am; we directly went to the Information Centre. A house where there are lots of information about Orangutans, others monkeys and too about facts that threat them there in Borneo.
Just for you information, Orangutans are hunted by fuckers that sell them as pet to fuckers more fucked up. And the culture of Palm Oil that need more and more land is the main cause of the deforestation here in Borneo. The government seems to be powerless in front of huge International Companies, and the staff of the National Park has to manage by themselves those international fuckers that come each single day to try to destroy the forest. You know that Nutella® is made with Palm Oil but there aren’t only this, the main product that uses Palm Oil is Bio-ethanol, this new “green” fuel. The problem is too that those lands aren’t use to produce food, it’s a waste of space, and mainly when you realized that we (humans) are more and more on this Earth and that the cultivatable lands are not that numerous.
Well, after this culture’s moment we get inside the Jungle. It was hot, humid, warm, full of mosquitoes, a bit dark and there are lots of Jungle’s noises. We walked, watched everywhere and took pictures of almost everything we saw! We met huge ant, spiders and baby scorpions. After this hot walk we get back to the boat to take our lunch.
After a tiny siesta, we went once again to the feeding point. Photos, photos and photos, yeah, but we are here for that!
Oh, and because of the presence of the King in the area, all Orangutans looked like worried, they were looking everywhere, stopping every two minutes to be sure he wasn’t around or coming! Because when the King or even the Queen is coming to the Feeding Point, only them can eat, all others Orangutans have to watch and wait for their turn. This is Jungle’s Rules. We stayed there for 2 or three hours, I can’t remember. Time passes so quickly when you are watching them, they are so wonderful and the children are so funny and full of life!
After that we went back to the boat; so we began our way back to Borneo. The crew hooked the boat to a leaf, as usual for the night.
It was a warm night, with lots of mosquitoes but we’ve got mosquito net to protect us during night. And here I am.
I have to leave you; I am going to another feeding point, the same than Sunday.
See you all for more to read!
Day 5: Wednesday 5 of Feb
Yes, I’m on board of the plane direction Jakarta. Tomorrow I will be back in Shanghai…!
Well, today was short. We woke up as usual about 6:30am to take our breakfast. Then we went to the only village of this side of the National Park. We walked there just one hour. This is amazing how they live, there are no constraints except the weather and the fact they live in the middle of nowhere.
It was a quick visit, just some photos and back on the boat to get back to Kumai. Our flight was at 1:15 pm.
And here I am. In the plane that brings me back to the civilization, above the Indonesian sea and islands.
I hope I didn’t annoy you. And who knows, maybe I gave you the want to come there for a trip you will never forget!
Don’t forget, I will upload very few photos on my website, but this time, you could find lots of pictures on my Facebook page.
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- Welcome : Selamat Datang
- Good bye : Selamat Jalan (if you come back) - Selamat Tinggal (if you are leaving)
- Thank you: Terima Kasih
- You're welcome: Sama-Sama
- Be careful: hati-hati
- Kalimatan Tengah (ilsland's name)
- King: raja
- Jungle: hutan
- River: Sungai
- Sekonyer (river's name)
- Dutch monkey: Monyet Belanda
- Macaque: Monyet
- Gibbon: Owa-owa
- Pig: babi
- Boat: klotok
- Tanjung Harapan (village's name)