Tuesday 29/07 - Saturday 02/08
On arriving in Mulu we quickly secured accommodation at a very basic and rustic homestay (which we later discovered didn't have any hot water or water pressure - thus we had to wash with a bucket).
We then rushed to get to Gunung Mulu National Park headquarters where we purchased our colour coded park pass which gave us free access in and out the park for the next five days.
We immediately made use of the pass and headed to the famous Deer Cave to watch the twilight exodus of 3.5 million bats from the cave's entrance.
Paku Waterfall Hike:
Our first hike for the day was to explore the waterfall of which we had seen beautiful pictures in the pamphlets and were told that we could plunge into its cooling waters and enjoy a refreshing swim.
CONSTRAINTS BACK ON...
Although Lang Cave was did not have the biggest cavern, the formations were absolutely stunning.
We had booked Adventure caving for the afternoon so to fill the morning slot we went for a little walk around the park. We chose the Botany Loop as it had been recommended to us by our guide, Heidi.
|Joy absorbing the beauty of the forest from this little bridge|
|Loop in the botany loop walk-way|
And so... where at first there were only two of us lonely souls...
|...walking on cliff edges with the aid of harnesses...|
...jumping across cave crevices...
|The Tree Top Tower|
It was also really not conducive to watching the sunset through. This is the closest we could get to appreciating the view.
Matt sharing his wealth of birdy knowledge on twittering :)
|Look its a black-breasted something or other...|
We also got to spot a pit viper, which has apparently been in the same position for the last 2 months. The fact that is hadn't moved for so long gave us a certain measure of comfort, but definitely not complete peace of mind!
Before we reached the caves, we stopped off at one of the local villages in the area. We were escorted around the village and landed up a local market with hand crafted items. It reminded us of the villages in the Transkei with all the chickens and dogs running around, being chased by snotty-nosed children.
...And were immediately blown away by the nature gusts that flow through the cave
|Iguana Head formation|
|King's Chamber in the Wind Cave|
Columns where stalactites and stalagmites had joined together, which points towards how ancient this cavern was
In the 'Lady Cave' part of the Clearwater Cave, there is a stalagmite whose shadow paints a picture of the Virgin Mary against the cave wall
The shadows around this part of the cave cast a picture of the Disney character "Goofy"
After a short connecting flight through Miri we finally arrived back at our Malaysian base KK. We spent the next morning sending postcards, doing washing and exchanging our Ringgit for US dollars, after which we were ready to leave Malaysia and embark upon our next adventure...Indonesia!