It’s not every day you find a baby crocodile swishing through the water by your side. But it is something that happens every night, or thereabouts, on a safari from Borneo’s Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
The boats are low, the passengers hushed. The air hangs cooler than it did in the day but the humidity and heaviness have not disappeared.
The night falls. Heavy, sticky, still.
But just before the fall, just as daylight fades and slips and slopes away, amid the branches and the shadows and the tricks of the mind…are monkeys. Many, many monkeys. Marked by quivering leaves and flying fur, there’s leaping, chattering, fighting, scratching, tumbling, jumping, daring, bumping, glaring…then quiet as the jingly-jangly jungle kindergarten dares to soften into sleep.
And then, there’s only torchlight, discs of rippled black water, viewpoints broken, fleeting as the beam dances left then right, then doubles back and rests…
A watchful eye returns the gaze. An owl stares, a kingfisher flutters.
But the baby crocodile, who knows so little of this world, paddles on, webbed feet plopping through the whispers that drift across the water.
A splash, a swill, and then, finally, everything sounds silent.
Our little boat turns and glides home.
I travelled on this night safari as part of the project with iAmbassador, Sabah Tourism and Royal Brunei. As ever, as always, as long as I’m around, I keep the right to write what I like here on Inside the Travel Lab. Incidentally, that also includes not writing about something at all if I don’t think it’s worth recommending. Otherwise, why bother?
You can arrange your own Borneo Night Safari through the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a luxury eco-lodge in Sabah, Malaysia. Happy travels!