An expensive place to stay but worth it. The main building is beautiful - a comfortable place to sit with great views of trees or the river. Excellent food and masses of choice in the buffets. Staff are wonderfully helpful and go out of their way to make your stay special.
The main reason for us going was to experience the real primary rainforest. So the main activity was walking with a guide. Our guide discussed with us which walks we wanted to do and was excellent at pointing out wildlife in the forest which we would have missed. If you want to see particular animals they will do their best to find them but really this is a place to experience the rainforest as a whole and just enjoy whatever plants and insects/animals you come across.
Leaches were not really a problem - leach socks can be bought there and they seemed effective, along with occasional leach checks as we were walking along. Electric mosquito coils were provided in the rooms if you were troubled by mosquitos or flying insects (we weren't)
The animals can sometimes come right up to the lodge - the monkeys in the trees out the front provided a whole afternoon of entertainment as they raced around. King, a large male orang-utang spent the night in a tree nearby and a wild pig rooted around by the rooms. The birds flying up and down the river were also a delight. The rooms are reached by a raised walkway and all have balconies so there are plenty of viewing places and it was worth just keeping our eyes open as we wandered around the Lodge itself.
It is harder to see creatures in the rainforest than in African savannah so binoculars are really helpful.
All in all a very special place to stay - to enjoy the forest from the lodge or by walking. Fabulous to lie listening to all the sounds at night too - no air conditioning noise. Don't worry the ceiling fans and open balconies allow breezes to cool you naturally.
- 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