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“Nature Lodge”

Trekkers Lodge Kinabatangan
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Trekkers Lodge Kinabatangan
Reviewed 10 February 2012

This was an awesome experience completing boat cruises and nature walks. We had a lot of rain which is a shame as there was a lot of mud everywhere. The staff were great and the food incredible. The chalet are very basic and cramped so opt for the expensive accommodation with the private bathrooms. One word of caution is that the road coming in is under construction, so either pack light for the trip here or ensure you have a backpack as lugging a suitcase 200-300 metres in the mud is no fun.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2009

Interesting experience: Typically we stay at rather comfortable hotels so we were a little surprised by how basic this place was- although it was not expensive, it is not that cheap compared to prices in the rest of the country (however it was one of the cheaper places in the area).
Accommodation is completely backpacker-basic, but at the same time we really enjoyed the experience – it somehow added to the ‘jungle feel’. You get a little cabin by the river. It has running water, but that is about the only luxury. The cabin is the size of the two single beds separate by a passage as wide as the front door. At the other end of your bed is the bathroom separated only by a curtain. (Pushing the two beds together added to our “adventure” feel as you now have to climb over the beds to get either to the ‘bathroom’or front door). No other furniture (and no space for it either. A few nails and ledges are all) Bring mosquito repellent, and if you have issues with bugs, a net (which we did not have and were ok without).
Dinner is served in ‘tubs’, you eat what is served all together at a few large tabales. No culinary miracles, but not too bad either.
….but then this is an area you choose for the wildlife experience. We understood from other travelers that we were ridiculously lucky , but the monkeys, reptiles and the hoards of pygmy elephants (yes we were lucky) totally made it all of it worth it.
So if you feel you want some adventure, want to ‘rough’ it a little…or just want to stay away from all the other people that choose the comfy, bland options available . Although we could list a hundred things this place lacks we were really happy we stayed here! It made this area (that not few tourists come to) feel more remote, foreign and adventurous.
(Cash payment only; bring deet spray for the leeches)

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank FernwehReturns
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Reviewed 13 May 2008

I recently stayed for 2 nights at the Nature Lodge Kinabatangan.

After reviewing the lodge's website we decided to upgrade to a chalet from the dorm as the chalets shown appeared to be fairly new. However, when we got there what a shock!!! We had just arrived from Traders in KL and are used to 4/5* hotels. So when we were shown to our chalet, which had 2 beds made from a bit of wood nailed together, a mattress which was about 2 inches thick, a grotty looking blanket on the bed and a curtain between the room and the bathroom (which was practically open air) we were horrified!!! Don't get me wrong, they were not bad in the scheme of things but not what we were expecting at all!! After wandering around the site we noticed new chalets (which were the ones pictured on the website) and they all appeared to be empty so we queried if we could move to them, which we did for a charge of 250 ringitts per person - it was well worth every penny!! These chalets have a completely closed bathroom with hot water, brand new divan beds, a ceiling fan, windows and a much larger.

For backpackers the standard accomodation is probably fine - we met a swedish couple who were delighted with the dorm saying it was one of the best places they had stayed in their 6 months of travelling around Asia.

The eating area/canteen appears to be new. There is no choice of meals but you are served 1 meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast was scrambled eggs on toast, and lunch and dinner consisted of rice, chicken or fish and some vegetables. There was no desert! I didn't see a shop of any sort (although the website says there is a shop) so if you are likely to want snacks then take them with you.

Of course the reason why everyone goes here is for the nature and jungle experience. We had 2 morning and 2 afternoon river cruises, and we were very lucky to see a total of 7 wild Orang Utans (!!), lots of proboscis monkeys, long tailed Macaques and birds. We did a night trek which was a scary experience, but not as scary as it would have been if we had done the day trek first when the leeches and bugs could be easily seen!! We saw mainly leeches (! on leaves as well as on us!), various insects, scorpions and birds.

For the treks you have to wear rubber boots/wellies as it is very muddy plus they help with the leeches. We had taken walking boots but we were told to wear the wellies. However, they only have huge sizes available and a lot of them have holes in so your feet get soaked, so either take your own or take plastic bags for your feet. You will also need long sleeved tops, long trousers and long socks (to tuck your trousers into), plus plenty of mosquito/insect spray - not only for the pesky mossies but it is used to remove leeches.

It was altogether a wonderful experience, very different to our normal holidays, but not one that I personally will be rushing back to!!!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with friends
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4  Thank tonks28
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Reviewed 22 May 2007

We stayed at the Nature Lodge on the 3 day, 2 night package. It was fantastic and an unforgettable experiance!! You have to get to Medan Selera about an hour from Sandakan and then get picked up by Nature Lodge to go by bus to the Kinabatangan (about 2 hours). We had a chalet with private bathroom. The rooms were basic but clean, unfortunately the generator had broken while we were there so we had no electric. But the staff we very helpful and gave us oil lamps in the evening. It was part of the fun of the place. The home cooked food was also delicious.

The trip had night jungle walks, river boat trips and day jungle walks. We saw some amazing wildlife, elephants, crocdile, loads of different monkeys, all kinds of birds. Our guide was brilliant and could find wildlife everywhere.

If you are going to this area I would definately recommend going to the Kinabatangan, I would love to go back.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank sgilbert50
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Reviewed 9 May 2006

We were not planning on doing a river safari on the Kinabatangan but were so glad we did. We bumped Poring, and have no regrets. The staff and accommodation at this new place on the Kinabatangan should be enjoyed by more people.Thankyou Lem and Louis and the girls in camp! As they only opened for business there in September last year, their reputation is growing by word of mouth as they will not appear in lonely Planet etc for a while yet.
Due to this you will not be surrounded by scores of tourists, (like I believe is the case at Uncle Tans) we were 4 of 7 there at the time. So lots of attention and quiet, and time to get to know the locals who work there. The guides were friendly and warm and knowledgeable. The wildlife was great.
The accommodation is new and clean, well built. The toilet/shower block is great. From speaking to others much better equipped than Uncle Tan on this count. The cost was RM290 for the 3D/2N trip which includes transfers from Bukit Garam by the wonderful Lee and Jun.
Saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed swimming in the oxbow lake with Lem and all the little fishies. Go there soon, before they get too well known, and you have to share this wonderful place with too many people from the world outside.

13  Thank sueandmikey
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Address: Kampung Bilit, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Kinabatangan District
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kinabatangan District
Number of rooms: 249
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