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“Amazing wildlife” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Sukau, Lower Kinabatangan River | 2 1/2 hours from Sandakan by boat, Malaysia   |  
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“Amazing wildlife”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2006

The number and variety of wildlife we saw in two days at this place was amazing - 6 orangutans in just one day alone!!! It actually felt a little like a zoo as the animals were so numerous and accessible! Expect to see a huge number of different sorts of monkeys and birds all hanging out on the riverbank as you glide by in a small boat. We were lucky to see 10 orangutans in total, civet cat during the day, basking snake....fantastic experience. Guide was an excellent spotter, but not so knowledgable about the animals (he knew the name but not so much about their behaviour etc). Lodge is founded on very sound eco-pinciples, but personally I feel they use this to rest on their laurels a little ie as an excuse not to clean the bathrooms for example (a lot of visitors seem to think that this is part of the experience!) Compared to Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley, Sukau Rainforest Lodge is pretty basic with tiny rooms, dirty bathrooms and not very good food - but the animal experience is unique and makes up for it all! It seemed to be the most profesionally run outfit of the handful of similar lodges in the area.

  • Liked — Chance to see amazing variety of wildlife close up
  • Disliked — Cleanliness and size of rooms
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2006

Stayed at this lodge for two brilliant nights. Surrounded by amazing wildlife noises. We saw wild orang utans, proboscis monkeys, other various species of monkeys, otters and an abundance of wonderful and colourful birds of all sizes. We were also treated to a rare sighting of the malaysian sun bear! Did not see the pygmy elephants but found lots of their footsteps very close to the lodge. The walk around the broadwalk by the lodge given by Winston, about the use of plants in the jungle as medications, food and poisons were just facinating. Our guide, Mark was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I liked the eco-concept of this lodge. The rooms are comfortable but fairly basic. Food was good and liked the fact that we dressed up in complimentary sarongs for dinner. All the staff are friendly and helpful. The night cruise to see the wildlife, espcially birds were excellent. We saw so many species of kingfishes and broadbills.

  • Liked — the wildlife that can be seen
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2006

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Loved the eco-friendly concept and most incredible experience going to sleep surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest - even better to wake up to the sound of the wild gibbons! Enjoyed our morning walk around the hornbill boardwalk which circles around the hotel - wild elephants can sometimes be seen crossing its path but we were unlucky this time!
However, we were treated to the sight of two wild male orang-utans sighted down river and had the opportunity to get really close to them - incredible experience and one we will never forget!!

Do try this place, if you love wildlife you wont regret it.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sukau, Lower Kinabatangan River | 2 1/2 hours from Sandakan by boat, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Kinabatangan District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Kinabatangan District
Hotel Class:3 star — Sukau Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo's most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo's magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophany of its inhabitants, its majestic birds, all 7 species of Borneo Primates including Borneo's iconic Proboscis Monkey, Orangutans in their natural habitat as well as herds of Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. We promise to give you and your family an experience you'll always remember and one you'll never regret. ... more   less 
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Sukau Rainforest Hotel Sabah
Sukau Rainforest Lodge Kinabatangan District, Sabah, Malaysia

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