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Sukau Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed 22 February 2007

The first review above about the food -- completely off base. Our 3 night stay was awesome. Room and food was OK for the location and after all, we're not there to eat or sleep like kings -- it is not the point. However, the 3-4 scheduled wildlife tours per day and the wildlife seen was completely unexpected. We saw nearly 200 Proboscis, 100+ Long tailed Macaques, 100+ pig-tailed macaques, 35 new species of birds to include 5 species of hornbill, 8 storm's storks, a slew of kingfishers (stork billed was great) and some of them from 4 feet away on the night tours. We saw 5 wild orangutans, 5 silver leaf monkeys, heard 2 wild asiatic elephants, saw 2 civet cats at night, a python in a tree, 3 gators, a four foot long monitor lizard, and some killer leaches near the ox-bow lake (none near the lodge!). This place was a 5 star act from top to bottom and even has a 400 meter long boarded walk so one can 'walk' through the jungle without getting mud on your socks. I'd be absolutely surprised if anyone out there provided a better wildlife experience packed into 3 days than Sukau Rainforest Lodge in conjunction with Borneo Ecotours. Highly recommended

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2007

This lodge pushes its eco friendly stance on nature which is good.However this is not a reason to have dirty rooms,poor food and poor guides.The food was atrocious and the lodge itself is in bad need of a complete renovation and overhall.The staff seemed ok and Joanathon from the UK was very nice and helpfull but its so obvious that the owner is trying to milk as much cash out of the property as possible without putting money in.The food was probably the worst I have ever experienced and we have travelled the world.Breakfast was the absolute worst.We were amazed at how dirty and basic the rooms are.Filthy.
The guide seemed very disinterested in his job and the only reason we spotted wildlife was thanks to the efforts of other tourists who spotted the oranutangs we saw.
This lodge is facing increasing compertition in the area and I believe will either have to renovate and improve its ameneties or go the way of the dinosaur.
Dont stay here period.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank englishmike
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Reviewed 5 December 2006

Overall it was a great experience to visit the rainforest lodge. I recommend travelling to the lodge by boat as we (or rather our guide!) spotted several Orangutans on the journey there and a lot of other wildlife! The lodge is quite pleasant although I agree with some of the other reviews in that the rooms were not much to write home about - could perhaps do with an update; and the food wasn't great. However, all of this is made up for by the wildlife. Apparently this lodge is the only one using electric motors (almost silent) on their boats, which means you can get very close to the wildlife. The only issue is when boats from other lodges come close with their loud engines! The abundance of wildlife is amazing and it is a privilege to be so close. The optional night cruise was well worth the RM35 each - we saw a lot of bird life - many of the birds asleep on branches so we were able to get very close. The boardwalk with Winston was very interesting and an experience in itself! We stayed for 2 nights - which I think is the minimum you would want to stay for.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank lissag
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Reviewed 1 December 2006

The number and variety of wildlife we saw in two days at this place was amazing - 6 orangutans in just one day alone!!! It actually felt a little like a zoo as the animals were so numerous and accessible! Expect to see a huge number of different sorts of monkeys and birds all hanging out on the riverbank as you glide by in a small boat. We were lucky to see 10 orangutans in total, civet cat during the day, basking snake....fantastic experience. Guide was an excellent spotter, but not so knowledgable about the animals (he knew the name but not so much about their behaviour etc). Lodge is founded on very sound eco-pinciples, but personally I feel they use this to rest on their laurels a little ie as an excuse not to clean the bathrooms for example (a lot of visitors seem to think that this is part of the experience!) Compared to Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley, Sukau Rainforest Lodge is pretty basic with tiny rooms, dirty bathrooms and not very good food - but the animal experience is unique and makes up for it all! It seemed to be the most profesionally run outfit of the handful of similar lodges in the area.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with friends
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4  Thank KL_Sue
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Reviewed 6 October 2006

Stayed at this lodge for two brilliant nights. Surrounded by amazing wildlife noises. We saw wild orang utans, proboscis monkeys, other various species of monkeys, otters and an abundance of wonderful and colourful birds of all sizes. We were also treated to a rare sighting of the malaysian sun bear! Did not see the pygmy elephants but found lots of their footsteps very close to the lodge. The walk around the broadwalk by the lodge given by Winston, about the use of plants in the jungle as medications, food and poisons were just facinating. Our guide, Mark was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I liked the eco-concept of this lodge. The rooms are comfortable but fairly basic. Food was good and liked the fact that we dressed up in complimentary sarongs for dinner. All the staff are friendly and helpful. The night cruise to see the wildlife, espcially birds were excellent. We saw so many species of kingfishes and broadbills.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank chirpybird
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Reviewed 12 March 2006

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Loved the eco-friendly concept and most incredible experience going to sleep surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest - even better to wake up to the sound of the wild gibbons! Enjoyed our morning walk around the hornbill boardwalk which circles around the hotel - wild elephants can sometimes be seen crossing its path but we were unlucky this time!
However, we were treated to the sight of two wild male orang-utans sighted down river and had the opportunity to get really close to them - incredible experience and one we will never forget!!

Do try this place, if you love wildlife you wont regret it.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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25  Thank jansim
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  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Address: Sukau, Lower Kinabatangan River | 2 1/2 hours from Sandakan by boat or overland, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Kinabatangan District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Kinabatangan District
Hotel Class:3 star — Sukau Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo's most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo's magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophany of its inhabitants, its majestic birds, all 7 species of Borneo Primates including Borneo's iconic Proboscis Monkey, Orangutans in their natural habitat as well as herds of Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. We promise to give you and your family an experience you'll always remember and one you'll never regret. We've just opened 20 of our brand new Villas in addition to our 20 Superior rooms. What better way to enjoy the Borneo rainforest and its wildlifes than in wonderful Borneo themed comforts. ... more   less 
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Sukau Rainforest Hotel Sabah
Sukau Rainforest Lodge Kinabatangan District, Malaysia - Sabah

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