The fascination with the Proboscis Monkey (Monyet Belanda), took us to the Garama Base Camp in Beaufort, Sabah, to go on a cruise along the Garama River, some two hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city centre.
The Proboscis Monkey, also known as the long-nosed monkey, spots an exceptionally long nose and bulging belly. The female has a “Pinocchio” nose. They are greyish-orange in colour. This monkey is one of the largest monkey species native to Asia.
On our cruise, it was remarkable to see many Proboscis Monkeys, both male and female, in the wild! Earlier, our guide told us that we would be lucky to see even one Proboscis Monkey! I guess, we were all extremely lucky to be able to spot them as soon as we arrived! It was truly a wonderful experience to see them in their natural habitat in the mangrove forest.
Besides the Proboscis Monkey, we also spotted the Macaque and the rare Silver Langour, as well as flocks of birds which I could not identify; and also a monitor lizard. I had hoped to see water buffaloes and crocodiles, but our luck ran out.
On the way back to the base camp after an adventurous river cruise, we were enthralled by the most amazing sunset scene. It was also around this time that fireflies started coming out in droves. What a fantastic sight!
Proboscis Monkey Garama River Cruise (offered by Only In Borneo Tours Sdn. Bhd.)
Add: Wisma Sabah, Ground Floor, Lot G13, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel: 088-260506 / 262507
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