We hired a car from KK and drove to Lahad Datu, I wouldn't recommend driving the roads were pretty bad.
If you suffer from car sickness then you'll find the 2.5 hour journey to the lodge hard, I wore my travel bands and I was just about ok for the first 2 hours but the last half was pretty hard going. Even thought I felt rough from the journey I soon forgot about it when I saw the lodge.
Ryan was our guide and he was excellent, as were all the staff, everyone was very friendly.
I'm a vegetarian and there was plenty of lovely food for me to eat.
We went out on 3 treks a day. We didn't have leech socks, my husband did get a leech bite on his ankle but it was nothing to worry about. We wore long sleeved tops and light trekking trousers and hiking boots. You need plenty of insect repellant whilst on the treks and be prepared to sweat like you've never sweated before. We showered every time we came back from a trek.
Don't feel that you have to go out on all the treks it's ok to stay back at the lodge and watch the wildlife from the comfort of a chair. There's a family of red leaf monkeys that make regular appearances at the lodge. We also watched a gibbon swinging by.
Out on the trek we saw an orangutan, a family of gibbons, deer, squirrels, huge insects.
We stayed in a deluxe lodge over looking the river with an outside bathroom, wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A low density Jungle Lodge with 31 Twin Sharing Chalets located in the largest Conservation Area in Sabah which is home to 275 species of birds, 110 species of mammals & one of the oldest virgin rainforest in the world. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Borneo Rainforest Hotel Sabah