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Kinabatangan Jungle Camp

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Kinabatangan Jungle Camp

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Kinabantangan River nr. Kampung Billit, Sukau Malaysia
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Will wrote a review Aug 2019
3 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 days 2 nights. Our guides Linda and Rajak and the rest of the team made us feel very welcome. We had a fantastic time spotting wildlife on the river, with views of Proboscis Monkeys, Silver Leaf Langurs, Orangutans, Hornbills, Macaques, Pygmy Elephants and many more. KJC is quieter than some of the bigger places on the Kinabatangan, which we preferred. Their smaller boats and group sizes allow for a more intimate and personalised wildlife watching experience. We enjoyed eating dinner with the team, with good views of Proboscis Monkeys, Hornbills, Monitor Lizards and others from the camps decking.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Josua Hannink wrote a review Jan 2019
Tilburg, The Netherlands18 contributions4 helpful votes
I stayed here for 4 days/3 nights and got some mixed feelings. (so sorry for the long text) To start: Emailing for tips and to make a reservation was good and fast. I got picked up from my previous hotel and brought to the jetty were Azlan, my guide for the next days, was waiting for me and we went to the camp. The staff is really nice, but after a while they almost starting to ask to many times if everything was OK. The food was good and more then enough (only breakfast is a bit more basic). I was the only visitor for these days and with around 8 staff around me, I felt more like a houseguest. Some other lodges had full boats on the river, so it wasn't because of the low season. The buildings look good, but when you start looking around a bit more, you notice that they are not well kept. Holes in floors, rotten wood, dirty walls, busted tiles). The surrounding area is quite wild, but besides the boat tours, there is nothing to do. I did spot quite some wildlife in the garden, but I guess you can also find that in other lodges. The guide (Azlan) is nice, but he is not a true animal guide in my opinion. Some facts about the animals were wrong or sometimes he didn't tell much at all. He is also not happy with the management (he told me that too many times) With the boat tours, we had a problem with the engine every time. Either it did'n take gas or there was water getting in the engine. So at one trip we did not have a working engine and were floating on the river for over 30 minutes in the hot sun. Another thing that bothered me a bit: They burn leaves in the garden to keep the mosquitos away, but in these piles they also burn plastic and old lightbulbs. Also the staff throws cigarette buds in the garden and in the river, which also didn't give me a "eco tourist feeling". Overall I think this place can be quite nice, but it will take time and money in both maintanance and to train/hire better staff.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Stoop20 wrote a review Aug 2018
Harderwijk, The Netherlands9 contributions1 helpful vote
The jungle river tour was a breathtaking amazing expercience. There was no mass tourism with a couple of boats, just only us. So there were real wild animals and not pets. The guides are very educated and have incredible knowledge about wild animals in the jungle. It looks like they have eagle eyes for spotting the wild animals. The guides helped us so much with all different kind of thing, really really nice people. They are also really nice conversation partners with a lot of experience and funny stories. The stay was very nice, we fell asleep within 5 minutes everyday. We never seen so many wonderful rare animals in just only 3 days!!! The food was very tasty, fresh made by the chef. Great combination of local food and European food with ingredients from the jungle. The night river trip was very exciting, we are still amazed at how close we could get to the wild animals without disturbing them. Specially rare sleeping birds. The boat trips was breathtaking and exciting by seeing so many wild animals. Thank you very much for the breathtaking amazing experience in the jungle river tour!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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saundersdekd wrote a review Feb 2018
kent24 contributions11 helpful votes
If you are looking for luxury this isn't the place for you but if you want a wonderful wildlife experience with expert guides and great staff then stay here. Azlan our guide spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge. The wildlife spotting was excellent and the staff were the friendliest People you could wish to meet. If you want a truly unique experience with wonderful wildlife spotting - even down to a wild orang utan coming into camp within a few feet of us - then this is the place to stay
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Date of experience: December 2017
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wenpulling wrote a review Oct 2017
Copthorne, United Kingdom43 contributions22 helpful votes
We stayed here one night after the Abai jungle lodge. The rooms were fine but not as good as the Abai lodges. The food was fine but again not as good as Abai. Our guide Erdy was still with us and on a boat trip out we saw a family of 7 elephants which really was the highlight.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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