I know I'm repeating others but the Borneo Rainforest Lodge doesn't have air-conditioning and this is a compromise you will need to make. Everywhere else we stayed had air conditioning and it's surprising somewhere so hot and humid doesn't. I struggled to sleep for the two nights we were there as it was too hot and humid in the room and there is nothing you can do about it.
You have to have all the windows and doors shut or the room fills with insects.
My recommendation is to take one of the deluxe river view rooms with the "hot tub". I know it sounds crazy but you can then fill it with cold water and re-adjust your body temperature after walking activities. Once you've done this the humidity doesn't feel too bad for a while but there is no air-conditioned area for relaxation. You eat outside so your whole experience will be very hot and humid - when you've walked up to the "View Point" and back what you really want is a nice cool room to relax in, what you've got is a super hot room.
That being said the activities were great. The wildlife is usually high up in the canopy so probably worth taking binoculars (we did). You're pretty assured of seeing an Orang Utan as there are so many researchers of Orang Utans they can let the lodge know when they have one nearby and accessible. You really are staying in the rainforest so activities and mainly for the fit and active. We did three walks over the two night stay and were weary after the "View Point" walk, mainly due to the heat and humidity.
There were people staying there who were quite elderly or with very young children and I'm not sure what activities they could participate in - you really need to be walking on the trails away from the lodge into the rainforest for most animal sightings.
The trip to / from the lodge is a long two and a half hours on gravel roads though on the way back we did see two baby leopard cubs playing in the middle of the road.
Animal sightings were good: Flying Squirrels, Red Leaf Monkeys, Orang Utan, Gibbon
Bird Sightings were poor: We'd just come from Kimbutangan River and there's no comparison.
- 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