Before we got there we went to the Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary where we were very lucky and saw several Orangutans feeding at the platform. We also met Toby the naughty one who stole a visitors camera! We were lucky enough to see two mothers with their young babies.
Then we went by boat from the Sim Sim Jetty to the Abai Jungle lodge. On the way the boat stopped to let us see wild monkeys in the trees The river journey was amazing with a real feel of the wild and the true Borneo. The river is very wide and makes for an interesting journey about an hour and a half.
When we arrived at the Abai Jungle lodge we had a really good lunch with a good selection of Malaysian style food. It was very tasty with coffee and tea as well as water when ever you want it.
Then we went to our room. They are described as basic but we were more than happy with the room. It was very comfortable with own bathroom tea and coffee making in the room. The board walk to the room was covered in the most beautiful flowers which often had humming birds and amazing butterflies visiting them.
We went on a river trip in the afternoon with the most amazing guides who where able to point out so many wild creatures. We saw a wild Orangutan, Proboscis monkeys, Macaques, other monkeys. Kingfishers, Eagles hornbills and a small crocodile as well as other wild creatures.
Then in the early evening we went by boat to see the fire flies . They were very beautiful just like twinkling Christmas tree lights.
Then later in the evening we went for a night walk. This gave a real feel for the jungle at night. We saw many insects and sleeping birds as well as a flying Lemur.
Next morning we went on a trip to the Pitas Oxbow lake. This was quite an experience. We again had a fantastic guide who was able to point out the wild life and answer any questions. While at the lake which was very beautiful we had coffee and biscuits. What a setting for a drink.
Then on our return to the lodge we had a jungle breakfast that was a fantastic selection of food with the added bonus of a wild Orangutan in the nearby trees .
Before we left we saw a wild Baby Orangutan near the boat jetty. What a way to end s uch a great experience. Then we returned to Sandakan by boat.
Once at Sandakan we went to the three story Market a hive of bargains. then on to the beautiful Puh Jih Syh Temple. this was so tranquil with great views. From here we went to the Sabah Hotel for lunch. This was the only poor thing on the trip. Although the place looked good the service in the restaurant was not friendly and the food kept running out. Perhaps if they had put out larger containers then it would have been better.
We were then returned to the Hotel Sandakan for one night before our trip to Mataking Island.
We would like to thank S.I. TOURS SDN. BHD for arranging this trip for us and to all their friendly helpful staff who made the trip so memorable.
A big thank you also to Marcelina at Ultimate Diving for booking the whole three week holiday in Borneo. She is amazing and will book what you want and is prepared to book hotels they have not used before.
- Also Known As:
- Abai Jungle Hotel Sabah
- Abai Jungle Lodge Kinabatangan District, Sabah, Malaysia