This is a fantasic base for exploring the wildlife of the Kinabananagan flood plains and the 2 hour speed boat ride to get there is amazing - just make sure you make a close fitting baseball cap (securely ramed on your head) or ladies, wrap a scarf around your head in Catherine Hepburn style. Mornings start early with a 5.30 1st breakfast and a 6am exploration along the floodplains, wildlife spotting. Guids are highly experienced and can spot the most amazing creatures that to our untrained eyes just look like blobs in the trees. Returning at around 9am you have 2nd breakfast that really hits the spot. The rest of the day is then yours until 4pm when the heat of the day abates and you're off on our afternoon tour. Dinner is a filling affair and sleeping is a joy as the cicadas chirup their way to white noise and you sleep like you've never slept before.
But beware - DO NOT try to wash and dry anything in your room as the humidity will mean wet clothes hanging around in your room for days. If you can't wait until you reach your next stop then pay the extra and get them laundered by the lodge. It'll save you smelling foul for days!
3G signals are excellent (I had a better one than in central London - go figure!) and the riverside deck provides the perfect location for just chillin'. Go armed with a decent SLR with a doubler lens and UV filter as there's every chance you'l kick yourself if you don't. The photography opportunities are amazing and you're unlikely to do this tour twice.
Ladies beware though. The men might seem standoffish at first, but culturally men are dominant so you'll have to make allowances that answers to questions you ask are directed to the males in your paty. They don't mean offence - it's just their way.
Because it's equatorial rainforst you'll burn if you're not careful so take a high factor sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap with a scraf to wrap around your neck - the sun is extremely strong and a headscraf makes sense. A good quality mozzi repellant is adviseable, as well as hydrocortizone cream for bites.
Whilst you cn't really wander around the forest on your own, there is a section of the forest decked for you to do just that, and it provides the best opportunitity to spot pygmy hippos and birds and flowers. Take a good pair of walking boots with you if you can, but the lodge does provide wellies if you need them.
Overall, you won't regret booking this lodge. It's fab - just make sure you invest in decent quality, high wicking outdoor gear. You'll need it!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Sukau Rainforest Hotel Sabah
- Sukau Rainforest Lodge Kinabatangan District, Sabah, Malaysia