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Photo Essay: An Adventure Through Malaysian Borneo (part one)


Orang-utans? Pygmy elephants? Proboscis monkeys? Towering mountains? Sandy beaches? This is Borneo. Check it out:

In This Borneo Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • Wild Orang-utans
  • Rare Pygmy Elephants
  • A Ghostly Mountain
  • And More!

Borneo epitomizes the exotic. The very name conjures up unexplored regions, dense jungles, a sense of danger and wild adventure. Truth is, tourism is the second-largest economy in Malaysian Borneo, the dense jungles are being increasingly replaced with palm-oil groves and it’s generally pretty safe.

But the wild adventure remains. I spent two weeks in Malaysian Borneo last November. I trekked up the highest peak in Southeast Asia. I spotted orang-utans and elephants. And I generally fell in love with the place, palm-oil groves be damned.

I’ve written about it HERE and HERE, and even shot a cool VIDEO. I also have two print articles upcoming, in Explore magazine and Canadian Traveller magazine. But there are so many outtakes. Here is part one of my Borneo Photo Essay. Enjoy!


Laban Rata, the Mount Kinabalu guesthouse — situated at 3,270 metres.


Sunrise from the summit of Mount Kinabalu.


Descending from atop 4,095.2-metre Mount Kinabalu, with South Peak in the distance.


A walk above the clouds on Kinabalu. Indigenous peoples believe Kinabalu is home to the Spirit World; full of ghosts.


We finally spotted the rare pygmy elephant. Or did it spot us?


The baby of a three-animal herd of pygmy elephants we spotted alongside Kinabatangan River.


The moment I discovered that pygmy elephants have blue eyes.


Guess what? Elephant butt.


The proboscis monkey is endemic to Borneo.


Leap, little proboscis monkey, leap!


A crested serpent eagle feasts on a copperback snake.


A wild orang-utan impressed us outside of Gomantong Caves.


Gomantong Caves is the world’s number-one spot for the harvesting of edible swifts’ nests. And home to about a billion cockroaches.


Feeding time at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, in North Borneo.


Soaking up the sun at Turtle Islands National Park, five kilometres from Filipino waters.

Check out PART TWO!

Check out PART THREE!

And make sure to check out my feature articles on Borneo in the Spring 2015 issues of Explore and Canadian Traveller magazines.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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