Impossible to beat the setting. Deep in the primary rainforest, 2 hours away of from anything but the research centre. The sounds and smells of the forest were great. Although our actual wildlife treks started out relatively disappointing, the second day was fantastic, with a couple of up close and personal encounters with a mother orangutan and her child, as well as 2 adult males. Simply awesome. Just when we thought we wouldn't see any Pygmy elephants we saw them on our drive back out!
Night drive was amazing too, as we saw a civet cat a hundred feet up in a tree and watched a flying squirrel gliding a couple of hundred feet from tree to tree over our heads.
As for the hotel, the main lodge is stunning and airy and the rooms of good quality. We stayed in a standard and it was excellent.
Food was generally of high standard, with fresh made meals of all varieties, from western omelettes to laksa. However, on our last day we noted that a couple of our dinner rolls had mould on them...a victim of the ridiculously high humidity no doubt. Just need to keep an eye out.
The only real pain...literally and figuratively, were the leeches. Good god, on every one of our treks we could literally see them hanging off of countless bushes and leaves trying to catch on to any clothing they could. On the last day after it rained, my son and I literally pulled off 10 each from ourselves over the course of an hour trek. Definitely go with the leech socks and be attentive...they move quick once they're on you.
Great trip notwithstanding. The leeches are just part of the ambience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A low density Jungle Lodge with 31 Twin Sharing Chalets located in the largest Conservation Area in Sabah which is home to 275 species of birds, 110 species of mammals & one of the oldest virgin rainforest in the world. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Borneo Rainforest Hotel Sabah