The welcome and friendliness of the staff made a good initial impression. The river cruises and walk
Through the jungle from Ox Bow lake were really good and the night river cruise was also very good. We rented wellington boots for the walk and that was a sensible thing to do because it was very muddy in some places on the walk. We saw several orangutans and lots of proboscis monkeys , plus other types of monkeys. We saw about 40 pygmy elephants fairly close up as they were grazing by the side of the river.
The reason that I can only describe the lodge as average is because the rooms were very basic and freezing cold as the air con had to be on the whole time in order to heat up the water. There was no where comfortable to sit, either you sat on the bed (in a cold room) or on wooden chairs outside. The rooms were also not serviced while we wwre tjere for pir three night stay. There were several hours between the organised cruises so a few comfortable chairs would have been welcome. There were a few wicker chairs in front of the TV, but not comfortable or relaxing if the TV was on.
The other disappointment was the limited choice of food and the lukewarm temperature of the food even at the beginning of the serving time. Praise to the restaurant staff for always being friendly and helpful.
Just need to improve the food and get some cushions for the lodge to be very good. The main attraction is the wildlife bit other lodges in the jingle have succeeded in providing a not of comfort and better food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An eco-friendly lodge nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan river the longest and biggest river in Sabah.The Lower Kinabatangan is one of Sabah's most splendid natural treasures and the richest concentration of wildlife in South East Asia. The lodge has 12 rooms with an additional twin-sharing handicapped friendly room equipped with air-condition and attached bathroom. Appreciate the "Green" details practise by the lodge where at night all electrical items run on solar power. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borneo Nature Lodge Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia