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Scotts Valley CA
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270 reviews
122 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel was included in our Kinabatangan River Cruise for one night. The cruise package includes dinner and breakfast the following day. The Lodge also has equipment available for rent for the cruises and hikes, including flashlights and boots (the latter is highly recommended, if not mandatory depending on the season and the former is always mandatory!) The rooms were... More 

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1 Thank JKD
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you for your feed back JKD. We have in previous occasions allowed guests to eat prior to the meal time. It resulted much confusion and food then to run out as guests who want to ensure not wasting the food on the buffet line, not realising there are many guets who actually have not event arrived to eat yet!... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We booked our stay here as part of a packaged deal with Nasalis Larvatus tours and I could not recommend this tour company enough. I had an amazing time at the nature lodge we had a chalet with privet bath room as I'm traveling with my mum and it was spacious and clean with a modern bathroom! The dorm rooms... More 

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2 Thank TheExplorerxoxo
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feed back Lucie. We are indeed glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us. The elephants have been around quite a bit lately, which is good and bad. Good as our guests get an opportunity to see them. Bad as they seems to not able to find food up stream and keep getting back... More 

Singapore
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241 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 866 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Coming from a highly urbanised Singapore, staying at this lodge is truly an amazing adventure...add that to being a nature lover and wildlife photographer,..somehow, a stay of at least 2-3 nights should be minimum ! For all city folks... especially like me, I have this tips - tune your expectation (this is a nature lodge, not St.Regis) and standby lots... More 

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6 Thank jensen_chua
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you for your feed back. Yes, indeed we are not the St Regis but we can proudly state that we excel in our segment of the tourism industry. Our lodge has limited wifi connection (the trees and canopy tend to hinder the wifi signals) and most of our visitors don't want tv sets ;) We are glad that you... More 

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

3 of us was wondering where to stay in kinabatangan one of the must visit place when you travel to east malaysia and located at east coast of sabah sandakan. We found this place with a good review of well maintained and clean. Friendly staff ms Rohana and the team and won't forget Dino our awesome guide, bus & boat... More 

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1 Thank Vivienne_Angella
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feed back. Yes, the illusive pygmy elephants have not been around for over a month now.... giving our guests more reasons to return! Do help us to pass the words around. Regards More 

Austin, Texas
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23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

When I first landed in Sandakan airport I changed my mind and decided to check out the Sepilok Primate Rehab Center. I called the team at the hotel and informed them of my decision to change my pick up destination. They gladly arranged for it to be changed and I was able to do the PRC. The bus showed up... More 

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3 Thank Jesus F
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind feed back. Yes, the night and jungle walks can get challenging especially after a down pour but guests who have been on these walks often enjoyed the walks ;) I am indeed glad that we have lived up to your expectation. Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us. Regards More 

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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Day 1 Pick up by the guide from Nasalis Larvatus from the airport of Sandakan. First expression was that he is friendly and nice. We then head on to Sepilok Orang Utan and along the way, he explained about the itinerary and also what we will see in the Sepilok Centre. It was a little disappointing that we only get... More 

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3 Thank Daniel C
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you for your very detailed feed back Daniel. With the jungle, we can indeed expect lots of surprises and be prepared to be amazed as well. Mosquitoes you will see ;) but not the elephants! And I am glad you encountered plenty of wildlife there to keep you amused. Do enjoy your onward journey and do help to pass... More 

Sakhalin Oblast, Russia
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The chalets are basic but have clean comfy beds, bathrooms, and coffee and tea making facilities. Our only let down was booking for a family of four and thinking we were together but ended up in 2 chalets with a child each. Booking was easy and the driver picked us up from Sepalok in their bus, and took us to... More 

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6 Thank Mel P
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you Mel for your kind feed back. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. And spotting a tarsier is actually one of the few highlights of Nature Lodge Kinabatangan. Chances are higher around our place as many years back, I did the research for tarsiers and have in fact planted many trees around our areas. These trees have since... More 

London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I stayed on a 3day / 2 night package reserved online before I arrived in Malaysia. Everything worked well and was stress free - from the comfortable AC bus to bring us from Sandakan/ Sepilok to the lodge, to the excellent river trips and tasty meals. I stayed in the Civet Wing (fan dorms) which were basic with thin mattresses... More 

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5 Thank carsonlegarcon
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Greetings Carson and thank you for your feed back. We try as far as possible to deliver what we promised and that allows our guests to focus in enjoying their holiday ;) And yes, the big E... Elephants!! The herd came by while you were staying with us and we trust the memories will go with you for a long... More 

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Great place to chill out for wildlife and nature. Friendly and helpful staff always smiling. Sighted hornbills, kingfishers, probosics monkeys, silver langur and long tail macque during the river rides. The food is great too. Had a great time overal.

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2 Thank Tofing
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank you Tofing for your feed back. Take care and do help us to pass the words around. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Stayed in one of the chalets, lots of room for one person and close to the jungle. The professional photos are probably from when it first opened - things are certainly looking a little more tired than you might think. Cooking lesson was great and the river cruises were interesting - the guides certainly know where to look for the... More 

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4 Thank AmyGoldsmith
AlexanderYee, General Manager at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, responded to this review

Thank Amy for your feed back. We noted on your feed back on the room and have put in place, plans to renovate them next year. We started doing the walk way this year. We are glad to get to see the wildlife that you mentioned. Do enjoy your onwards journey. P/s: The life jackets make it easier to locate... More 

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Rustic chalets and dormitory rooms set in Kampung Bilit Kinabatangan, be ready to watch abundance of wildlife from the comfort of boat rides. Transfers to and fro Nature Lodge Kinabatangan and meals are included in the tour prices. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Nature Lodge Kinabatangan

Address: Kampung Bilit, Sandakan, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Price Range: £140 - £232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Nature Lodge Kinabatangan 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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“choose an aircon room”
 of 5 bubbles JKD, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The Agamid chalets are awesome. Comfy bed, aircon, hot water shower, etc.”
 of 5 bubbles jensen_chua, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Dorms were rough and ready. Chalets would be better for those needing aircon and more comfort”
 of 5 bubbles paulbuxton108, 22 May 2016 | Read review
“The rooms are all in the jungle and close to the river”
  • Dorm room with fan, 2 bunk beds & 1 single bed ( 5people)
  • View down the river as mist clears on morning cruise
  • Sunset on the river
 of 5 bubbles 177nigelm, 3 May 2016 | Read review
“Pay the extra to upgrade to private bathroom and air con.”
 of 5 bubbles Shefftraveller2014, 17 Jan 2016 | Read review
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