This place is located right in the middle of the jungle, perfect for wildlife-spotting river cruises. We went on 3 different trips on the Kinabatangan river, (afternoon / evening and morning) and saw lots of monkeys such as the distinctive proboscis monkey and the long-tailed macaque. We also saw a mother and baby Orang Utan, and lots of birds including egrets. We heard Borneo pygmy elephants but they were too far away so we never saw them. Our guide was a real expert at spotting animals hidden in the distance, and full of knowledge about the animals and the local area.
The lodge rooms are quite basic but clean and have a fan. The buffet food was lovely and plentiful. Also, If you inform staff they will prepare vegetarian dishes. as for extras, there is a shop selling soft drinks / beers and gifts. We only stayed for 1 night so unfortunately we didn't get to go on the trip to the local village or plant a tree. Now we wish we stayed for another night.
Finally I would advise anyone going here to have a wander around the board-walks if you get a chance. We went round and saw a few insects and then as we were heading back noticed a wild orang utan in the tree above us! We were so close to the orang utan, and we just stood in silent awe of it. This experience alone was one of the best moments of my life so far. We asked the staff and even they thought it was unusual for a wild orang utan to come so close to the place. Apparently someone spotted the even rarer Borneo leopard near the board-walks before. As with the river cruises however, you are not guaranteed to see anything but with so much biodiversity in the area it is likely you will see something cool.
- Also Known As:
- Abai Jungle Hotel Sabah
- Abai Jungle Lodge Kinabatangan District, Malaysia - Sabah