A wonderful visit with the Bombay Natural History Society to Northern Borneo to experience the oldest rain forests and see some of the endemic flora and fauna of this island. Borneo is third largest island in the world (after Greenland & New Guinea) and is divided in 3 parts - Sultanate of Brunei; Kalimantan which is part of Indonesia and the states of Sarawak and Sabah which form part of Malysia. We visited the states of Sarawak and Sabah which comprise the Northern part of Borneo.
To see the map of Sarawak, click on this link :http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/sar-map.html
to see the map of Sabah, click on this click: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/sab-map.html
As we were the first nature lovers group from India, our arrival was greeted with considerable hype and we received media coverage at Kuching International Airport. Kuching is the capital of the state of Sarawak. Would certainly recommend nature lovers to visit this wonderful land to learn about its flora and fauna as well as the culture of its people. Our guide in Sarawak was Dion who belonged to the Iban tribe that were traditional head hunters who lived in community long-houses. Retaining part of his culture he sported a pony tail and tattoos which had some some significance. Mercifully for us, his generation had long given up head hunting and taken to other professions! But we got some useful insight into the culture of his tribe. The gentle Dion regaled us with stories and practices of the Iban and we got a feel of their lifestyle at the Sarawak museum - longhouses, some gory remains of hunted heads and all!