We stayed at the Borneo Nature Lodge for 3 nights in July 2012. We decided on this particular lodge because of its eco-friendly conservation focus. Going to the jungle for the purpose of getting back to nature and seeing animals in the wild, we wanted to ensure that we made an ethical choice and stayed at a business that truly practice what it preached. We actually met the owner of the lodge during our trip and he definitely believes in conservation - which is supported by the way in which the lodge is run and designed. I am really glad that we chose to stay here!!!
There rooms were extremely comfortable for a jungle lodge - a/c and hot water was available. The lodge is also the only one in the area with facilities to accommodate guests in wheelchairs which I thought was impressive. There weren't any TVs in the rooms or internet access but this enhanced our experience as we weren't holed up on our laptops and had a chance to really enjoy and take in the wonderful location. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful - I have to particuarly mention our guide Salam, driver Jakim, Arong from the restaurant and Chinta our boatman - they made our stay wonderful. The food was plentiful, varied and delicious (even for a fussy eater like me). There is absolutely nothing to fault with the service or facilities whatsoever.
The location is excellent for viewing wildlife - and being able to view the animals while cruising the river was amazing as you could get close without scaring them away. During our time there we were lucky enough to see organutans 3 times and a group of elephants once, along with hundreds of monkeys, birds (including hornbills), water monitors, snakes, crocodiles and lots of interesting creepy crawlies. The guides and boatmen are truly expert at their jobs - always getting us as close to the action as possible (without disturbing the wildlife) and their knowledge of the flora and fauna is amazing. We were even given disposable ponchos to use for river cruises on days when it rained.
We had such a great time there we never wanted to leave!! I would have to say that this trip was one of the best, if not the best holiday I've ever had!!!!! Very much hope to get the chance to return some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An eco-friendly lodge nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan river the longest and biggest river in Sabah.The Lower Kinabatangan is one of Sabah's most splendid natural treasures and the richest concentration of wildlife in South East Asia. The lodge has 12 rooms with an additional twin-sharing handicapped friendly room equipped with air-condition and attached bathroom. Appreciate the "Green" details practise by the lodge where at night all electrical items run on solar power. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borneo Nature Lodge Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia