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Abai Jungle Lodge
Why we like it
- Only accessible by boat and a one hour boat journey from Sandakan
- Excellent location on the Kinabatangan River for wildlife
- The lodge is simple but comfortable
- There is an open air restaurant serving good local cuisine
- Perfect choice of lodge to discover the fascinating wildlife of this area
Langur, Orangutans and a variety of birdlife frequent the area; we recommend heading out on a night walk along the lodges surrounding jungle trail.
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Embarking on the hour's boat ride to the lodge sets the pace of this truly incredible area, the peaceful river is home to silvered langur, maroon langur, hose langur, orangutan and a variety of species of birds are spotted frequently. Surrounding the lodge is a jungle boardwalk trail with five watch towers that you can visit day or night, some of the wildlife will get very close to the lodge.
There are twenty four rooms at the lodge, each one has polished wood floor and walls with a light painted ceiling to create a light and airy room, all rooms are en suite with hot and cold running water. The rooms have a ceiling fan, there is no air conditioning. The lodge is on raised stilts over the river, there is an outside deck area overlooking the river, the perfect place to relax with a book or sit and wait to see the wildlife that may pass by.
Suggested itineraries in Malaysia & Borneo
Highlights of Sabah
Nights: 9 | from £2,130pp
Sabah, Malaysia’s ‘Wild East’, is a lush natural wonderland where orangutans swing through the rainforest, azure seas teem with colourful fish and former headhunters display skulls in traditional bamboo houses. Meet the people and animals of Borneo on a trip combining real adventure with true luxury.
Nights: 13 | from £3,595pp
Discover the myriad faces of neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, exploring their diverse cultural heritage, spectacular rainforests and beaches, lively temples and markets, and – most unmissable of all – some of Asia’s most delectable food.
Legends & Longhouses
Nights: 11 | from £2,695pp
Jungle-clad Borneo is a wild island like no other, home to orangutans and former headhunters. Discover its natural and cultural wonders in the twin Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah: trace meandering rivers to meet indigenous tribes, and explore vast caves chattering with bats and birds – taking time out to relax on beautiful tropical beaches.
Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Nights: 8 | from £3,365pp
Introduce the family to the wildlife of one of the world’s great natural wonderlands – Borneo. Snorkel among dazzling fish, meet the great orange apes of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and journey along the mighty Kinabatangan River in search of proboscis monkeys and exotic birds.
Eastern & Oriental Bangkok to Singapore
Nights: 3 | from £1,595pp
Relive the most glamorous era of travel on a journey through the tropical landscapes of Thailand and Malaysia. Witness the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai, explore the colonial streets and Chinese temples of Penang, and cross the Strait of Johor to discover the thrilling city of Singapore.