Destinations

Abai Jungle Lodge

about abai jungle lodge, kinabatangan river

Abai Jungle Lodge is accessible only by boat, adding to its majesty and charm. Located along the Kinabatangan River, you are right near a village where you can join the locals for lunch.

The lodge itself has comfortable basic rooms, and an open air restaurant. Stilted paths up to 800 metres long stretch into the surrounding forest so you can easily head out for a bit of exploration whenever you fancy. 

Langur, orangutans and birds frequent the area, sometimes coming very close to the lodge, and it is sometimes (but still rare!) possible to see clouded leopard and sun bears.

abai jungle lodge details

Style

A basic but comfortable, well maintained lodge.

Setting

Accessible only by boat, it takes about an hour from Sandakan along the Kinabatangan River to get there. The Lodge is also a restaurant, popular with the local village close by.

Accommodation & Facilities

The 24 rooms are of a nice size, with a ceiling fan (no air-conditioning), mosquito netting on the windows and a private bathroom with a hot shower. The walls and floors are polished wood and the ceilings painted white for a light overall effect.

A fabulous feature is the stilted wooden platforms that extend into the jungle for great wildlife viewing any time of the day, and inquisitive primates are known for coming right up to the rooms. The open air restaurant is a population lunch spot with locals and a great chance to meet them. There is also a bar. The lodge is generator run and although the electricity is 24 hours, it does sometimes cut out – adding to the authenticity and excitement of the trip we think.

Dining

The restaurant is out in the open and only hires local staff. Local produce is served including freshwater fish and prawns bought in from the local villages (one of the highlights of their eco program).

Activities

The area is renowned for its wildlife viewing possibilities and is a great way to get face to face with nature. Being on the Kinabatangan River, you can enjoy a boat trip here or even a night cruise in the light of fireflies.

Child Policy

Children welcome and this is a great place for kids to be introduced to the wildlife of Borneo.

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