I suppose now is as good a time as any to ask for advice about something I have been dreaming about for quite a while now. If everything goes well I will have my masters degree in July 2019. I have never studied abroad or anything like that, because I would rather spend thousands of euros on a couple of months hardcore mammaling (and birding) then on studying.
For my trips abroad I have set for myself the goal that I want to see and photograph every species of cat or the Felidae familiy of the world. Since then I’ve looked at the cats that would need most of the time and the place that would have most of the really hard cats. I think Borneo would be the place to be for me. It has three hard to see cat species (marbled and flat-headed cat and clouded leopard), plus one really really hard, which is of course the bay cat. On top of that it has many other mammals and birds that I really would like to see.
I really would like your advice on this plan. My time schedule would be about the beginning of september, till just before Christmas (when I plan to be at home). I am aware that Borneo can be really expensive and I have saved some and am still saving for more. 10.000 would be my absolute max including flights, preferably cheaper of course. I think it could be a mix of guided tours and going out on my own.
That means I am looking for lodges in the right places that are affordable. I saw that Deramakot is a really good place for clouded leopard and marbled cat and Kinabatang river for flat-headed. Bay cat will probably take most of my time (if I see it at all), and appears to be nowhere at all.
Do you guys think this plan could be done within my price range and are there indeed good possibilities to go out there on your own? Maybe I should just contact AA Borneo and see what they can come up with. I have never been to Borneo so any advice is welcome.