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Cruising Sabah’s Klias River in Photos

By alison - June 4, 2013 (Updated: November 18, 2014)

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series CheeseWeb's Asian Adventure 2013.
Sabah's famous long-nosed proboscis monkey

Sabah’s famous long-nosed proboscis monkey.

Our trip to Sandakan to see the orang-utans inspired us to discover more of Sabah’s wildlife.

From our base in Kota Kinabalu, we arranged another primate-themed day-trip, through an eco-tour company, based in the Horizon Hotel.

We would cruise down the Klias River searching for Malaysian Borneo’s other famous inhabitant, the proboscis monkey.

Rather than tell you about our river cruise, we decided to show you what we saw. So come along on a photo tour of the Klias River with us:

After several hours driving through lovely countryside, we arrived at the Klias River, where our intrepid guide scored us front row seats on our small boat.

Front row seats for cruising the Klias River.

Front row seats for cruising the Klias River.

A group of Chinese tourists filled up the rest of our vessel. Only a few of them spoke English but everyone was friendly and happy to smile for a photo.

Say 奶酪 (cheese... I think.)

Say 奶酪 (cheese… I think.)

It wasn’t too long before our captain spotted movement in the trees. The proboscis monkeys are quite shy so we had to look way up to see them in the treetops.

Look up. Look waaaay up. And you may just spot a proboscis monkey.

Look up. Look waaaay up. And you may just spot a proboscis monkey.
Mama and baby proboscis monkeys.

Mama and baby proboscis monkeys.
Family group of proboscis monkeys.

There were at least a dozen individuals in this family group of proboscis monkeys.

The proboscis monkeys aren’t the only inhabitants of the Klias wetlands. Our captain spotted this monitor lizard sunning himself on a log.

This lazy lizard wasn't bothered by our presence at all.

This lazy lizard wasn’t bothered by our presence at all.

By far the friendliest and most inquisitive monkeys on the Klias are the macaques. These guys couldn’t wait to climb down and check out our boat.

Macaque on the Klias River

“Who goes there?”
This macaque is enjoying the local produce.

This macaque is enjoying the local produce.
Macaques on the Klias River

“These humans get funnier looking every year…”
Macaques on the Klias River

Monkey spotting on the Klias was a great way to pass the afternoon.

On our return back to our dock, a spontaneous rain storm did its best to soak us. Fortunately, it didn’t last long and we were treated to a brief but beautiful double rainbow.

Rainbow over the Klias River

Rainbow over the Klias River

Then it was back through the trees to return for a Malaysian buffet dinner.

Cruising through the Klias Wetlands

Cruising through the Klias Wetlands

Stay tuned for more stories and photos from our adventure in Sabah in Malaysian Borneo!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She is currently slow travelling through Europe in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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