|36hrs of continuous travel and we made it – what an epic journey! One down at the outset, Sue Hilliard arrested in her progress by the torrential rains battering the UK, a team of 9 departed London Heathrow.
Arriving 17 hours later in Kota Kinabalu this is where the real fun started - 'your plane is cancelled' came the cry across the tanoy. A flurry of 3-way conversation ensued between our host, Benoit, the airline, Adrian and myself. The outcome, a decision to fly to Tawau, where we would spend the night before completing the journey to Danau Girang Field Centre. Tickets issued. 10mins later all change! A revised plan to fly to Sandakan where we would be transferred direct to DGFC. Tickets reissued. 3.5hrs later we departed mid a torrent of rain and to a cacophony of thunder claps.
Upon arrival we were swiftly escorted to the waiting vehicles and south to the river Kinabantangan. Coming to an abrupt stop we boarded a series of boats in the, by now, pitch black of the night. Swept along by the steady flow of the river, torches guided us through the flotsam and jetsam, keeping a beady eye out for the crocodiles. The team were duly rewarded. A mammoth 5 metre crocodile was captured in the eager beams, bringing into sharp contrast the stark reality of our new surroundings.