Kinabatangan Jungle Camp

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Will
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Aug 2019
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.
Written 11 August 2019
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Josua Hannink
Tilburg, The Netherlands18 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
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.
Written 13 January 2019
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Stoop20
Harderwijk, The Netherlands9 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
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!

Written 22 August 2018
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saundersdekd
kent24 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
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
Written 4 February 2018
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wenpulling
Copthorne, UK43 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
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.
Written 22 October 2017
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Frank D
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia150 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
This is a well-situated camp on the banks of the Kinabatangan river. There is a good-sized dining/relaxing area and the food is very good indeed. The ladies who cook and serve the food are very friendly and work hard. The guides are pretty good, too. The rooms are basic - fine though perhaps in need of some upgrading (painting, for example). Another thing that would be nice - given that most guests have several hours for relaxation (in-between river trips), some more comfortable furniture in the restaurant area would be good. There is an interesting short walk around the perimeter of the property.
Written 21 October 2017
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Frankie
Dubai, United Arab Emirates43 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
We were lucky to have lovely Erdy as tour guide again and extremely lucky to see elephants! One swam right across the river right in front of our boat - and a whole herd of them feeding on the bank. Also lucky to spot crocodiles and see many monkeys.
We had begun to tire of the food at this stage as it was very similar to My Nature Resort and Abai Jungle Lodge - sweet and sour fish and beef stew and fried bananas were lovely on day one but we soon grew tired of it when they appeared every day.
The journey back was well organized - special shout out to Junior who helped us rearrange our journey when we had a flight change - we had to forgo the night we paid for and pay for one in Sandakan but he helped us make all the arrangements for which we were very grateful.
Would definitely recommend SI tours.
Written 21 August 2017
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Hayley H
Measham, UK132 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Travelled here from Abai Lodge where we had spent one night. Kinabatangan is slightly larger than Abai and so it is slightly better equipped (ie there's a well stocked wine fridge!). However, both lodges are kitted out the same - secure and clean rooms, air con, clean bedding and showers that work. Our room was fairly far away from the main building along the walkways but still close enough to make a mad dash in the rain.... Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and made every effort to find the wildlife for us. And very successful he was too as we were lucky enough to spot a wild Orangutan and baby close to the riverbank as well as joining other boats (probably about 10!) waiting for a herd of pygmy elephants to munch their way through to the river. The evening meal was buffet style and normal fayre - fish, chicken, rice, salad etc. However, there was also soup and cakes on offer so I guess you could say we had a three course meal.... :)

There are some lovely sitting areas in the Camp alongside the river as well as a number of walkways around the vicinity for night time walks or just a wander. The whole place is kept spotless and the staff are extremely helpful and easy to be around.

I'd highly recommend Kinabatangan as a 'must do' if you're in Borneo - genuinely wish we'd spent a couple more nights!
Written 6 August 2017
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Steve C
evesham15 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Decent facilities and food with adequate lodgings made for a great experience. one of the highlights is the jungle boardwalk which is a raised platform through dense jungle.A safe but wonderful experience.
Written 11 April 2017
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Insu Jason Park
40 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
Simply the best.
I stayed 2N3D and saw elephants, crocodiles, many monkeys and birds. The river is calm and the weather was great.
I strongly recommend this visit.
Written 5 January 2017
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