Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Salt Lick.

An hour's boat ride from where we camped at Sungai Kecil we reached the Sungai Besar or larger river on the Muda Dam. The trip was to visit the Salt lick somewhere further into the forest. A Salt Lick for those unfamiliar with the term is an area where salt and other forms of minerals are available through the natural occurrence in the earth such as hot springs. 

The area is not that large but it was littered with tell tale signs of wild animals having visited this place and this icluded elephant droppings. Because of the heavy rains the previous night most of the foot prints were washed out.

It would have been more exciting to have slept over for one night in the area as the animals comes down in the evenings and at nights.

The smell of sulphur fills the air and the water flowing in the stream is quite hot. We are in the volcanic are where the ground spews out sulphur and other gasses, this is a healing place.

It was exciting enough just to come by a pile of elephant turd to make you fill like they are there somewhere close by and it is best to be cautious.

The WWF had erected a 'macan' or observatory platform for their monitoring of the area.

Some pot holes where elephants or rhinos or tapirs had wallowed.

A few remnants of foot prints still visible despite the rain.

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