Getting to the lodge takes several hours from Sandakan up the Kinabatangan river but the trip is worth it for the perfect setting... Not only this but we also saw a lot of Proboscis Monkeys and Macaques on the way along with many birds and a Crocodile.
All the staff here are very friendly and it seemed like everyone at the hotel turned out to see us arrive. We had an hour or so to settle in and freshen up before being served banana fritters before our evening river safari. The river safaris which they have here are amazing and we had 3 during our time there... Go on every safari they offer as we saw different animals each time! Species seen include Elephants, Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques, Orangutans, Hornbills, Storm Storks, Eagles, Crocodiles, Snakes and much more!
The hotel itself is in a beautiful setting and because of this it does not matter that it is very remoate with little to do. Between safaris, dinner and chatting with fellow travellers there was not a huge ammount of "spare time" left. However if you do have spare time use it to wander around the board walk between the rooms... Especially during the evening / night there are many amphibians, bats and moths etc to see.
The rooms at the hotel are basic but very comfortable, well maintained and clean. You only really have time to use your room for sleeping and freshening up so the basic nature of the rooms is not a problem.
Finally the food here was very nice from the breakfast to lunch and through to dinner. There was always a good selection and they tried to keep the items available mixed up so that we did not get bored of what was on offer. There is one very interesting aspect of dinner here which made for a really nice atmosphere as well as giving everyone something to talk about. All visitors including men are asked to wear a Sarong to dinner... They are surprisingly comfortable!
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