Accommodation, Sabah

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

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Situated close to Sukau village with good road and river access, Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is in a prime location for exploring the wildlife-rich Kinabatangan River.

Accommodation is in simple semi-detached, stilted bungalows with private facilities including hot water showers and fans. Windows have mosquito netting so can be left open to provide cooling aeration. There are pleasant communal areas for relaxation with views to the river and gardens and short trails behind the lodge can be explored independently or with a guide. The restaurant serves a good choice of delicious buffet dishes.

The Kinabatangan River is particularly renowned for proboscis monkeys that are frequently seen in large troops up in the riverside trees in the late afternoon. There is also a very good chance of seeing wild orang-utans, macaques, gibbons, and silvered and maroon langur monkeys in the forest here. Bird species include all eight species of hornbill, oriental darter and the large buffy fish-owl. The boat trips along Kinabatangan River offer the best chances to see Borneo pygmy elephants, which can sometimes be spotted swimming in the river.

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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge 5.508166, 118.282401 Kinabatangan Riverside LodgeView

Facilities

Restaurant, air-conditioned lounge with TV, en suite hot water showers, ceiling fans, mosquito-netted windows, outside seating area.

Local Wildlife

Wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, long tailed and pig tailed macaques, silvered and maroon langurs, Muller’s gibbons, Bornean pygmy elephants, civets, otters and bearded pigs. During the dry season when river levels are lower, the rare flat-headed cat can be seen (more often on nocturnal boat trips) and there is also a chance of seeing clouded leopard. Reticulated pythons, mangrove snakes, water monitor lizards and saltwater crocodiles are also possible sightings and bird highlights include 8 species of hornbill, the rare storm’s stork, various kingfishers and Bornean ground cuckoos.

Optional Activities

Boat safaris along the Kinabatangan River, guided walks through the forest, cultural activities and excursions to Gomantong caves.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Borneo tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Thank you for a wonderful journey. We had a lovely time in Borneo and when you get to the primary rainforest in the Danum valley it feels like you are in the Garden of Eden. Helen was very helpful in preparing our itinerary, was helpful whenever I phoned and assured us at each step. At the destination everything ran smoothly. Specific wildlife highlights: orang utans, 5 types of hornbill, crocodile, monitor lizards, short and long tailed macaque, langur monkeys, civet cats, leopard cats, mouse deer, tree frogs, wild pigs, insects, lots of birds, stingray, big turtle, baby turtles and many fish.

Miss A P - Hertfordshire