• Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Borneo

about sukau rainforest lodge, kinabatangan river

about sukau rainforest lodge, kinabatangan river

Sukau Rainforest Lodge holds the prestigious accolade of being one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World; an award only given for outstanding wildlife, conservation and community programmes. With a 1,500ft long board walk, 4 viewing platforms and an open air lounge this lodge provides the opportunity to relax whilst watching forest life go by. A great place to be situated for a wildlife safari with walks to the nearby ox-bow lake and river safaris available on a daily basis.

sukau rainforest lodge details


A boutique eco-lodge with a strong focus on wildlife and sustainability.


Set upon the banks of the Kinabatangan River, ideal for wildlife viewing.

Accommodation & Facilities

There are 20 rooms (19 currently, one is temporarily being used as a spa room) available each with en-suite bathrooms and a ceiling fan. Other facilities include the dip pool, hornbill boardwalk, disabled bathroom/wheelchair access, information gallery (ape gallery), free WIFI, cocktail bar, lounge, gift shop and the Halia Spa.


The Melapi restaurant is on the jetty overlooking the river, often providing viewing of wildlife while dining. Homemade jams (coconut and pineapple) and homemade lemongrass tea are available throughout your stay. The restaurant has western/authentic Asian fusion cuisine using local produce and food from their organic garden in salads, and can cater for gluten free/vegan diets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as buffets. Automatic private dinners are provided for honeymooners.


Sukau Rainforest Lodge has many activities to choose from, mainly focusing on boat cruises along the Kinabatangan River which embark three times a day to cover all of the wildlife’s different prime viewing times. At the back of the lodge there is the Hornbill Boardwalk which is built along the local elephant migration route and a number of informative talks and presentations can be attended. There are also optional activities that specialise in seeing certain animals such as the “Orang-utan & Langur Trek” and the “Elephant Search”. If inclined, you can even stay at the lodge and try your hand at Batik painting, have a massage or learn some local cooking.

Child Policy

Children are welcome at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Responsible Tourism

Environmental standards are very important to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge which has its own code of practice. The lodge donates to Borneo Ecotourism Solutions & Technologies (BEST) which benefits the local community through conservation projects and is also involved in a tree planting programme in which guests are welcome to participate. The tour boats are equipped with silent electric motors which are used when getting close to the riverbank so as not to disturb the wildlife.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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