The Kinabatangan River is an amzing place and worth the visit. With the destruction of rainforest for Oil Palm Plantations, it is one of few remaining places of natural beauty in the area.
I cannot recommend Osman highly enough. His ability as a spotter is truly amazing. He would spot hidden snakes, orangutans and monitor lizards, point exactly where they were and it would take my wife and I another 10 seconds to finally see it. He even does this in the dark (with a torch!)
Osman does river safaris in the morning, afternoon and night all of which are amazing with different animals about at each time. Osman is very knowledgable and understands the animals so well, as to get you very close without causing them to run and hide!
His family are also lovely. His wife is a great cook and his twin daughters are great entertainment!!
On the flip side, they live in a traditional Malay riverside home (handbuilt by Osman). It is very basic and at the time we stayed there there was no running water for the toilets. That said, you get your own room with warm and comfortable enough beds. Whilst very tasty (the best we had in a month stay in Malaysia) the food provided is Malay cuisine only. Please bare this is mind before going, I would hate to see negative reviews from people going expecting luxury!
It is incredibly cheap for what you get and I can attest to Osman going that extra mile to find wildlife for you. Our night river cruise lasted an extra hour just because we said we having a good time! The booking process may seem a little worry inducing but I assure you it will be ok when you get there!
His wife deals with the bookings and doesn't speak perfect English. Text messaging will also work. I found it easier to confirm details of the booking with a hotel receptionist in Malaysia!!
Osman Homestay - +60 19 841 5259
- Also Known As:
- Osman's Homestay Sukau, Kinabatangan District