Had a great time here with my 11 year old daughter (I was actually surprised there were no other young people here) in high class accommodation. It looks like the reviews have been variable regarding the rooms, but I imagine this is due to their being refurbished in the past couple of years. It's not a resort as such in that there's no pool or mini-bar style facilities, but the rooms were very well appointed indeed, and common areas were comfortable and airy.
The trip there by boat took about 2 hours (including some monkey spotting along the way) in a very comfortable roofed boat (with luggage all loaded aboard for you). River trips (approx 2 hours at a time) for wildlife spotting were in uncovered boats, but in September this was not too uncomfortable as the boatmen tended to seek out shady routes. Take hat, sunscreen, bottled water, decent binoculars, camera, insect repellant, in a small day pack. We also went on a couple of walks of an hour each. You can buy leech socks (quite a lot of leeches around, similar to our rainforests in Australia) which the guides also wear. Not sure how much the ones at the lodge cost but we paid about $AU6 per pair courtesy of our guide buying them for us in Sandakan before embarkation. The lodge supplies gum boots which everyone wore for the walks - very muddy! I wouldn't bother taking hiking boots as the gum boots were just fine (all sizes including kids) & the mud would have wrecked the hiking boots or at least been a pain to clean. We spotted pretty much everything they promote there, though the orang utans are very elusive and were only seen rarely at quite a distance. Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre made up for this, though. One strike against the place was not so much my experience but that of another couple of guests, They went impromptu frog hunting with a couple of staff at night and were lost in the jungle in a thunder storm, thigh deep in mud for 4 hours till 1am! Not sure how this was resolved & doubt that it's usual, but I'm glad I didn't link up for this one!
Food was very good at all meals, with enough variety for all tastes including kids. Drinks were available for purchase, though wine by the bottle only.
If you're after a wildlife experience in Sabah, this place is the place to go to. Don't leave it more than a few years, though, as it is diminishing at an alarming rate.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Sukau Rainforest Hotel Sabah
- Sukau Rainforest Lodge Kinabatangan District, Sabah, Malaysia