Earth Lodge is strategically located at Kuala Labua, an area right in the heart of Ulu Muda and teeming with wildlife. As in any rainforest, they are hard to see but signs of their presence are difficult to miss. Along this stretch of Muda River are nearly 15 saltlicks! Three saltlicks, Sira Keladi, Sira Bongor and Sira Ayer Hangat are relatively close to Earth Lodge. The latter is the most known as it combines a mineral hot spring and saltlick.
Meet at Lake Muda Jetty
Lunch at the Jetty
Boat ride to Earth Lodge at Kuala Labua (approx. 1 1/2hrs)
Briefing & Introduction
Among the wildlife found here are the Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus), Malaysian tapir (Tapirud indicus), barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak), sambar deer (Cervus unicolor), gaur or seladang (Bos gaurus hubback) and the wild pig (Sus scrofa). Most of the wild cats of Malaysia are found here as well, including larger cats like the Malayan tiger (Penthera tigris jacksoni), the leopard (Panthera pardus) and the clouded leopard (Neofilis nebulosa). A list of mammals found at Ulu Muda is found here.
Birdlife is especially abundent here as well with over 306 species recorded. All 10 Malaysian hornbill species are found here including the very rare plain-pouched hornbill (Rhyticeros subruficollis). It is one of only two sites in Malaysia where all 10 Malaysian hornbill species call home.
Other rare and globally threatened birds are the masked finfoot (Heliopais personata), dusky eagle owl (Bubo coromandus), Malaysian peacock pheasent (Polyplectron malacense), blue-banded kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona) and straw-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus). It is also the only confirmed breeding site of the hooded pitta (Pitta sordida muelleri) in Peninsular Malaysia. A list of birds found at Ulu Muda is found here.
Other fauna groups like the amphibians, reptiles and insects are not well studied and little is known of them, which is why efforts will be conducted to identify them.
Tea and settle in
Wildlife boat cruise with visit to saltlick (Sira Bongor or Sira Keladi)
Mineral springs with a high concentration of mineral nutrients including sodium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. As plants alone offer poor nutrition, herbivores seek saltlicks to supplement their diet. Elephants, gaur, deers, wild boar and tapirs are frequent visitors, often attracting other predators. Saltlicks are excellent sites to watch wildlife. There are more than 15 saltlicks in Ulu Muda!
Free and easy
Dinner and lights out
Trek to Bukit Labu (2 hours hike)
Visit caves at Bukit Labu
Lunch by the river
Trek back to camp
Wildlife boat cruise plus visit to saltlick (Hot Springs)
Free and easy
Free and easy
Leave Earth Lodge by Boat
Back at Lake Muda Jetty. End of trip