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Abai Jungle Lodge, Kinabatangan River

Set deep within Sabah’s tangled rainforest on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, the rustic Abai Jungle Lodge offers incredible encounters with the region’s rare and exotic wildlife.

Far removed from any other lodge, Abai Jungle Lodge feels wonderfully remote whilst still being easily accessible by boat. Raised above the jungle floor on stilts, the property’s chalets are all linked together by a series of wooden boardwalks. Accommodation throughout is clean and simple, with ensuite bathrooms, biodegradable toiletries, polished wooden floors and a natural, muted decor. The restaurant has a beautiful riverine setting where you can enjoy Bornean delicacies whilst looking out over the Kinabatangan River.

Thanks to its location on this iconic waterway, guests of Abai Jungle Lodge are in an excellent position from which to encounter the region’s famous endemic wildlife. From guided night walks to enchanting river safaris, you have every opportunity to see wild proboscis monkeys, orangutans, pygmy elephants, silvery langurs and long-tailed macaques. Head to the birdwatching towers for a chance to spot the area’s eight species of hornbill.

Abai Jungle Lodge, at a glance

  • Basic but comfortable jungle lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River
  • 30 stilted chalets and twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms, hot showers, ceilings fans, biodegradable toiletries and netted windows
  • Polished wooden floors and white ceilings
  • Small bar and open-air restaurant serving international favourites as well as local delicacies featuring fresh fish, vegetables and fruit
  • Choice of a buffet or ‘a la carte’ menu depending on how busy it is
  • An hours’ boat ride from Sandakan
  • Situated in Sabah about 47km from the mouth of the Kinabatangan River

For leisure and pleasure

  • 800-metre long wooden walkways extending right into the jungle for great wildlife viewing
  • Enjoy wildlife river safaris in search of proboscis monkeys and other primates
  • Nature trails around the lodge allow for up-close wildlife encounters
  • Excellent guided night walks and night cruises to see the fireflies
  • Birdwatching towers
  • Cross the river to meet the locals in the Abai village

  • Once again the service we got from Ultimate was impeccable.

    NR, Burma