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Top 10 Borneo Safari Lodges

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Top 10 Best Borneo Safari Lodges

1. Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is an award-winning lodge situated right in the heart of one of the world's oldest rainforests, Danum Valley. Surrounded by unique species of flora and fauna, it boasts itself as the perfect getaway destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts that wish to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature without giving up comfort and luxury.

Located in the heart of Danum Valley Conservation Area, right along the Danum River, guests at Borneo Forest Lodge can enjoy spectacular views of the 130 million years old rainforest. Trails are aplenty here, which will lead you to beautiful and fascinating parts of the jungle. The morning and night walks each give guests the chance to see the jungle and its inhabitants, which are different depending on the time of the day. And if you would want to enjoy a quiet time to enjoy the serenity of the surroundings, you could also just relax on the verandah or take a quick dip in the outdoor hot tub.

Set amongst the rich flora and fauna of the Danum Valley, this spacious and rustic lodge is the only lodge in the area. There is a swimming pool and open veranda at the main building, where you can sit back and enjoy the incredible diversity of the forest environment. The wooden chalets and bungalows are wonderfully welcoming, especially with the mist shrouded treetops and babbling river lulling you to sleep after a day wildlife spotting.

2. Bunga Raya

Bunga Raya is a wildlife enthusiast’s tropical island paradise. Comprising of just 48 villas, this laid-back boutique hotel and spa offers the ultimate in seclusion and tranquillity. Nestled into a crescent shaped bay of Gaya Island, head one way to immerse yourself in the shimmering waters of the ocean, or the other to explore the rainforest-covered hills in search of the resident wildlife.

3. Gaya Island Resort

Featuring 120 spacious hill villas, this natural sanctuary is a romantic retreat in stunning surroundings. With a wealth of naturalist-led activities, the curious can head out to explore the natural wonders of the area. Those who wish to relax can make the most of the idyllic setting, swimming pool, or pick out, among the mangroves, the seamlessly integrated spa for some exquisite treatments, alleviating modern stresses.

4. Sepilok Forest Edge Resort

Sepilok Forest Edge Resort is a rustic nature retreat ideally located just 15 minutes’ walk from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The restaurant serves a delicious array of local and western dishes and there is a small pool where guests can cool off and relax. The wooden chalets are dotted throughout the lush vegetation of the resort, they are simple but comfortably furnished with a private veranda and en suite bathroom. Guests can enjoy a stay within a choice of Malay inspired chalets including a budget standard chalet or a spacious family chalet with ample sleeping space. A superior chalet is also available for those looking for a little bit of extra pampering.

5. Sepilok Nature Reserve

6. Tabin Wildlife Reserve

A cosy lodge with locally constructed timber chalets dotted throughout the rainforest and along the banks of the Lipad River. Consisting of 20 timber chalets in the midst of the rainforest, Tabin blends well with its surroundings on the banks of the Lipad River. This is the only lodge located within Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia, with a total land area of 123,000 hectares.

7. Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Recognised as a ‘National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World’, the award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo’s most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo’s magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophony of its inhabitants.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. A nature lover’s paradise, Sukau puts you in prime position to explore the wildlife-rich waterways by boat and spot some of the endemic species of Borneo in their natural habitat; orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and a cornucopia of birdlife. Indulge in a candle-lit dinner on the terrace with panoramic views of the river, watch monkeys swing overhead as you dip in the pool to cool off from the heat of the rainforest or head out on a night walk with a knowledgeable guide and see Borneo’s nocturnal wildlife come alive! A stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge provides a unique and rich experience in the heart of the Bornean rainforest.

8. Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

A charming resort tucked in the wilderness of Lower Kinabatangan with wooden walkways, made from local hardwood called “Belian” leading into the surrounding freshwater swamps, limestone forests and mangrove forests. The wetlands comprise three forest reserves including Trusan Kinabatangan Forest Reserve, Kulamba Wildlife reserve and Kuala Segama Forest Reserve. The diversity of this area is unimaginable with a record of 1000 plant species, more than 200 bird species, 90 fish species and reptilian and 50 mammal species.

9. Borneo Nature Lodge

A well maintained eco-lodge nestled in the jungle covered banks of the Kinabatangan River. With solar power, use of natural materials, and decorations hand made by local artisans, this lodge is a great place to enjoy the natural surroundings.

10. Borneo Eagle Resort

Borneo Eagle Resort epitomises luxury and signature style. Set in a private bay just off the coast of Borneo, this property is perfect for a tranquil getaway. Enjoy days exploring the picturesque landscape and discovering a range of exciting activities. At Borneo Eagle Resort, guests can choose from thirteen luxurious oceanfront villas, each offering panoramic views. The property balances natural décor with stylish modern amenities, Nespresso machines and a free minibar, natural insect repellent, a flat-screen TV and home-theatre system, portable wifi router, and a rain shower with toiletries are all included. Depending on your accommodation choice, enjoy unlimited access to a private pool, spa room or scenic garden with a pond.