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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Why we like it
- Laid back jungle lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River
- Ideally located to explore the rich biodiversity of the Sabah
- Home of the endangered proboscis monkey, a highlight of any Borneo itinerary
- The lodge promotes sustainable tourism, running projects to help the local community
- Activities available include nature walks and river cruises
The WWF state that the Kinabatangan River is one of the only places on earth where you can see ten different primate species at once. How many will you spot?
The service provided is excellent. It is the most enjoyable experience and most the memorable holidays, we have had, have been when we have travelled with A&K.
- KO, London
Set on the banks of Sabah's longest river in the village of Sukau, Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is perfect for a unique wildlife experience deep in the Borneo jungle. Constructed entirely from local wood, the recently built wing houses 33 semi-detached rustic style bungalows, with each room displaying polished wood floors and simple white bedding in keeping with the natural surroundings. Due to the remote location there is no air-conditioning, however each room features a large ceiling fan which together with the gentle river breeze ensures the rooms stay cool, while all rooms afford an en suite bathroom with hot shower.
On the riverside terrace you can enjoy delicious Malaysian cuisine served in a buffet-style with views overlooking the river for the perfect place to spot proboscis monkeys as they come down to feed. Native to the jungles of Borneo, the monkeys never stray too far away from the river and swamplands. In the primate world they are renowned for their prolific swimming abilities and here you will often spot them diving into the water with one big belly flop. The lodge also offers incredible opportunities to see a large range of wildlife including wild orangutans, Bornean Pyrmy elephants, crocodiles, bears and wildcats, as well as rare and beautiful birds such as hornbills and the Oriental Darter. We recommend a guided river cruise for optimum wildlife spotting opportunities, or a walk through the lush forests.
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge promotes sustainable tourism and works closely with the local communities who greatly depend on the river for survival, and therefore much of the food is locally sourced and the majority of the staff are local people, adding to the authentic jungle experience.
Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)
11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +8 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)
Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.
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