I hesitated quite a lok before sending this review, since I would love to keep this place secret !! I was one of the best stay I had ever !
I stayed there in late 2011 and found just a mobile phone number somewhere on a forum, recommending to stay at Osman's.
A bit doubtful at the very beginning, I gave a call and joined Osman. He indicated me the way to reach his place. The journey to reach the place was a great experience by itself !! A driver came to pick me up on the road, in the middle of nowhere, while the night was already down. His driver did not speak english, and we drove for something like 1/2h and then dropped me in front of the kinabatangan just saying "boat boat !" and he left ! I have waited for 10 minutes and a very small boat, a canoe propulsed by a small engine actually, arrived to pick me up. We went up on the river for 15 minutes, with a small light at the front to avoid tree trunks floating.
We finally reached Osman's house, and I finally met The guy :) he was skinning an animal he just had killed !
If you look for a cosy and comfortable place, go somewhere else ! The place is basically a local house on stilts, on the river bank. I occupied one room of this family house. Osman is leaving with his wife and his lovely young twins. The welcoming was warm and friendly.
The place has limited place for visitors, up to 5 (people are then sleeping on the sofas lol) ! We were 3 when I was there.
Thanks to this limited capacity, the journeys we had on the following days were tailored on our expectations. Osman has an amazing knowledge about the rainforest surrounding and can lead you to places where the others, bigger and much more commercial oriented, home stays around will not bring you. We could see at 5 meters far, more than 10 pigmee elephants, plenty of birds, monkeys ... We have been going up and down all day long with his boat on the river, looking for animals. Then, stepping on the bank and going deep into the forest to see the rich wildlife inhabiting in this great area !
If you are looking for an authentic place to stay, with a human and ecological oriented way to travel, I will definitely recommend you this amazing place !!
I wish I can come back another time and for a longer period !
- Also Known As:
- Osman's Homestay Sukau, Kinabatangan District