We stayed in this lodge after a 2 night stay at the borneo rainforest lodge, the first thing the manager did was apologise for not being as up market as the BRF lodge. He really didn't need to apologise, we knew the standard was not the same, but what the lodge lacked in spit and polish, it more then made up for in over all character and caliber of staff. Our room was large and clean with air conditioning. The bathroom was looking a little tired and was in need of refurbishment, but after a conversation with Dan the manager the hotel and its investors appear to have plans for a refurbishment in the pipeline.
The food was limited in choice but an excellent standard and there was plenty of it too. The prices of soft drinks and cans of Tiger lager were very reasonable.
Our guide called called Kurt was excellent, very knowledgable and brilliant with the kids, each question they asked (and there were lots) he answered in great detail. We were lucky enough to see a large herd of elephants feeding at the edge of the river, with half a dozen of them playing in the actual river..magical !
I really enjoyed my couple of days staying at this lodge, small and very personal however I think it would benefit from a more constructive bar/outside seating area for guest to sit and discuss the days adventures and the animals and wildlife they've seen throughout the day, 2 picnic benches didn't really do it for us. That said I hope the planned refurbishment is not too grand, it would I fear detracted from the lovely atmosphere we enjoyed so much at this lodge!
- 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