This is a beautiful jungle lodge accessible only by boat. We stayed 2 nights. Room was very comfortable and tastefully decorated. They even had sarongs for us to wear. Pleasant verandah out front to sit and watch monkeys, have your coffee. The AC exhaust fuels the hot water, quite ingenious. We did an evening and morning cruise, saw lots of wildlife including many bird species: hornbills, eagles, an owl, pigeon species, storks, sun-birds, bee-eaters, dollar birds and others. The guides were very adept at spotting animals. We also saw a monitor lizard, many proboscis monkeys, macaques, and even a flying lemur. Only minus about the place was the food. It is terrible. I told the boy three times that I am vegetarian and he kept bringing out plates of squid and ham. Vegetables were bland but fruit was good. I recommend bringing snacks. Also if possible rubber boots and insect repellent for the forest walk, though they did happen to have boots my size.
We spent three nights here and it's location is fantastic. From the Lodge we went on three river cruises ( small boats with 6 - 8 POB) searching for monkey's, crocs, birds, snakes and Pygmy Elephants. We managed to get 100's of photo's of everything apart from the Elephants which we only just missed. The accommodation is fairly basic, there is aircon from around 6am to 10pm and ceiling fans the rest of the time. We found this quite adequate and slept well. Our only criticism was the room was dusty and the towels had a real musty smell like they had been rolled up damp and had remained that way for some time. There is no TV so do have a book to read for relaxation times, each cottage has a verandah and outside seating where you can just chill out. The food is good and drinks (beer and wine) can be purchased. There isn't a variety of wines, I think it was Chardonay only but your not really there for the wine are you.
Our boat Captain was great his ability to spot creatures from the boat was uncanny, and we have many great photo's thanks to his expertise. There was also a road trip during the stay to visit Gomantang Caves, which was not a highlight and I have covered that in a separate review. Do keep you windows locked, the long tailed Macaques WILL get inside your room if you don't. Overall, our stay at Borneo Nature Lodge was great and a genuine highlight of our Borneo trip.
We spent two nights at Borneo Nature Lodge as part of our independent tour of Borneo. The tours that they organized for us were truly fantastic. In addition to the morning and afternoon "classic" tours, we booked a private night walk and a night boat safari. They were all amazing experiences, especially the night safari was incredible! Our boat driver was so enthusiastic that he even made the tour longer so that we could manage to see the biggest kingfisher bird sleeping close up (and we did!). Unfortunately we found the accommodation really poor, especially for the price that we payed. I do not mind simple, but I do mind dirty. As other travelers pointed out, the bathroom was dirty and smelly (see photos), the room wasn't that clean either, the 'Watching tower" was closed and in general all the premises needed attention.They should find something to do for the guests in between the tours, since there are many many hours to wait and it is not possible to go anywhere or to do anything at all. The food was ok, but one evening it was not enough for everybody.
We were greeted at the airport by our tour guide Jame who was extremely friendly. We went to the Sepilok urang utan rehabilitation centre and Jame expertly guided us through giving lots of fantastic information and insight into the role of the centre. We then visited the sunbears nearby.
Then a 2 hour drive to meet the boat to take us down river to the lodge.
At the lodge we had a welcome drink and our lunch. Throughout the stay the food was tasty well made home cooking with a good variety of choice.
The room was simple with ACon and a ensuite with shower.
We then commenced with further tours down the river and a jungle trek we were very fortunate to see 2 wild urang utan and many other species due mainly to Jame superb treking ability.
We had a great time and would like to particularly recommend Jame (not just because he also happened to be a Liverpool supporter).
Staying here is all about being on the river. We arrived in the afternoon for a two night stay. We had a late afternoon trip on the river and then, on the following day, a morning trip and an afternoon trip. The river cruising was fabulous - peaceful, comfortable and we were able to see orang-utan, proboscis monkey and macaque monkeys from quite close range. Also saw an impressive assortment of birdlife. However, the accommodation was, to my mind, of a good backpackers style - not quite the four star we were expecting. Our room was reasonably clean and free from bugs (which I was very thankful for!), but was simple accommodation. Food was plentiful and tasty, and an effort was made to accommodate all dietary needs. However, you really need to have a good book with you, as when you are not on the river there is not much else to do. Some of the facilities were a bit tired and in need of repair (in particular, the viewing platform - rusted out nails and rotting wood prevented me from wanting to venture up on it). Staff were polite, but didn't tend to interact much.