Having had this lodge recommended by a family member living in KL my wife and I headed to this retreat on the river for a river wildlife experience. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the different bird and primate species with good English river tours. We saw 6 out of 8 primates, including a wild Orang Utan resting in his nest in the evening!! 6 out of the 8 hornbill species, king-fishers, snakes, crocodiles, and various other bird-life.
We stayed for one night after a 2hr transfer organised by them from our hotel (The Pavilion Hotel) near Sandakan airport. We did 3 river cruises; one late afternoon, a night and an early morning tour which was more than enough. In our opinion you do not need to stay more than one night as there's not much to do on-land if you're not on the river tour. Only disappointment we had was during the night cruise when the search torches' battery did not last and we missed the perfect full moon opportunity to spot some leopards or other nocturnal predators. It seems that a power failure during the previous day was possibly the cause for the car-batteries not to be charged enough. Our tour guide, "Pop-eye", who was new on his 2nd day there was very sweet and apologetic for the inconvenience that was not really his fault.
The lodges' rooms were basic enough with hot water shower, fan and mosquito protection in the rooms. The food was good enough although when brought out the flies knew it was feeding time but this is expected in this location.
We had a great experience all round and would recommend this wildlife experience to anyone wanting to see Borneo's real wildlife along Malaysia's second longest river.
- Also Known As:
- Barefoot Sukau Hotel Sukau
- Barefoot Sukau Lodge Kinabatangan District