We have been in Borneo for 4 weeks and spent two other occasions in the jungle. Both were a pleasure and very enriching. The same could not be said for Nature Lodge. This was the first place we just felt like 'cash cows'. The place itself feels unloved, the food abysmal, the rooms - well, ok - ish.
We stayed in the new agamid wing. I think if you stay here you get the best rooms but in a way the worst of both worlds as you pay top dollar for the room but get the bad food and lack of knowledge that this place thinks is acceptable if you pay bottom dollar. That is not to say that we endorse budget travellers getting bad food and crap advice - it just sadly sometimes seems the way.
our advice would be that if you want a decent room, book a place a level up.
the reason to go to Kinabatangam is off course to see it and its wildlife. The guide we had was a good spotter so we saw things but he knew absolotely nothing about the wildlife. when we saw an orangutan he had no idea if it was male or female - other lodge guides had enriched sightings with info on how to tell the males and females apart, how they lived etc etc. This guide didn't even have binoculars - it was all very much to get tourists in and out and get their money. there was no info about Kinabatangan, its fight with logging companies, its diversity - nothing.
we left very angry to have been so obviously ripped off. we are pleased to have spent time places where they actually care about sharing info with travellers.
Don't go here - please!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rustic chalets and dormitory rooms set in Kampung Bilit Kinabatangan, be ready to watch abundance of wildlife from the comfort of boat rides. Transfers to and fro Nature Lodge Kinabatangan and meals are included in the tour prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nature Lodge Kinabatangan Hotel Sandakan
- Nature Lodge Kinabatangan Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia