Settled on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, a true wildlife hotspot, a stay here is a chance to come face-to-face with wild orangutans, otters, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants.
Accessible by both car and boat, the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge lies in the village of Sukau, a great base for explorations both along the river and nearby nature trails. Guests are accommodated in a collection of semi-detached stilted wooden chalets linked by a series of treetop walkways. The rooms themselves are simple in decor but nevertheless clean and very comfortable with hot showers, ceiling fans and ensuite bathrooms. The main lodge has a lovely river-facing restaurant and sun deck, as well as a library and TV room where you can enjoy documentaries on Sabah’s wildlife.
The main focus of any tailor-made holiday to Borneo has to be the incredible wildlife, and it’s no different here. From nature walks through the tangled jungle to safaris on the calm waters of the Kinabatangan River, there’s plenty of opportunities to encounter the region’s rare creatures. Cool off between excursions in the pool. The property shows great support to the community by hiring locally, as well as ensuring local produce is used in the restaurant. The lodge also does its bit for the environment by using biodegradable toiletries, electric boats and reverse osmosis water purification systems.
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, at a glance
- Rustic, comfortable lodge with a great location on the banks of the Kinabatangan River
- Accommodation is in simple, stilted detached wooden bungalows
- Amenities include hot showers, ensuite bathrooms, fans and netted windows
- Choice of 15 twin rooms, six triple rooms, eight double rooms and four family rooms
- Very friendly and welcoming staff
- A buffet-style restaurant featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients
- Accessible by road and river
- Knowledgeable in-house naturalist guides
For leisure and pleasure
- Follow a network of nature trails leading from the lodge
- Enjoy boat safaris on the Kinabatangan River
- TV room where you can watch Sabah wildlife documentaries
- Small, air-conditioned library
- Bird tower and various viewing platforms
- Relaxing sundeck facing the Kinabatangan River
- Swimming pool
- Optional excursions to the Gomantong Caves
- Cultural activities