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Block 4, Ground Floor, MDLD 3286/3287, Lahad Datu 91112 Malaysia
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#3 of 9 in Lahad Datu
Kawag Nature Lodge (KNL) is the perfect jungle escapade for travellers seeking to unwind in nature’s warm and loving embrace in Sabah. Located in Kawag Forest, a Class 1 Protection Forest Reserve area, it is only 80 minutes drive away from Lahad Datu town. The lodge is surrounded by lush forest, Bornean wildlife, network of streams and rivers and literally sits on the oldest geological formation of crystalline basement, approximately 200 million years old. Our activities will get you closer to this amazing natural environment. We have river tubing, picnic by the the waterfall, fish spa, jungle trekking and night drive to spot nocturnal wildlife. KNL is equipped with basic hotel facilities and amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable in the wilderness. The lodge restaurant serves local delicacies, has a 24-hour electricity, clean and cosy rooms with air-conditioner and fan, and hot water for showers.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Bicycle tours
Kids stay free
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Walking tours
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Clothes rack
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Malay


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Block 4, Ground Floor, MDLD 3286/3287, Lahad Datu 91112 Malaysia
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Blanca R wrote a review Mar 2020
33 contributions16 helpful votes
Our very own mistake was to accept staying here as an alternative to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (which is actually amazing!!) as there was no availability there. The facilities are poor, worn out, quirky and cheap. The rooms are comprised of cheap furniture, with a single bulb pending from the ceiling as all the light, a mouldy bathroom with less than unappealing brown towels one would never get into voluntarily (pictures attached). The decor is composed of paper tissues cardboard boxes, spare toilet rolls and plastic hangers in the open wardrobe (more pictures enclosed). The restaurant terrace has several wooden sofas (more than uncomfortable) and some tables with plastic bottles a metallic water fountain as all decoration. Seriously, it takes nothing to cheer up those rooms and con una space, plant a little bit more of vegetation between restaurant and rooms (we could see our beds from the restaurant and so could any other guest), dig a pool so people have something else to do than staying at their bedrooms with the air con on - if you get lucky and you get a room with air con, which you’re not guaranteed and believe me, you’re gonna need it. We lasted the several hours our tour operator needed to change us to an amazing resort we finally stayed at. The staff though were more than friendly, wanting to please us all the time and going above and beyond assisting us in getting in touch with our tour operator for the change. Would never recommend unless you’re a Boy Scout.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled
JamesH88 wrote a review Mar 2020
Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire17 contributions9 helpful votes
The Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge is the cheaper option versus the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, however you wouldn’t know it. The service by Alex and his staff is 5 star. I would highly recommend staying here and wish I’d stayed longer than 2 nights.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled
Barbara L wrote a review Feb 2020
Beverley, United Kingdom80 contributions30 helpful votes
The staff here did absolutely everything they could to ensure we had a great time - including giving us an individually prepared breakfast at the top of the observation tower. The food was good - better than we had had at other lodges - but rather large portions. Our guide, Rom, was incredibly knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and informed. We could not fault the staff or the location in anything, the only negative was that the rooms are in need of renovation and perhaps this is something the new management, which has only been there a month, will be addressing in due course
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Deluxe means with air con and it’s good and worth it!
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Andrew wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an all-too-brief two days here and should have spent several more. The lodge is lovely and the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Our safaris were really successful in finding lots of wildlife, both expected and completely new.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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deniz wrote a review Dec 2019
Ankara Province, Turkey4 contributions2 helpful votes
We intended to be in the Danum Valley, however Kawag is actually on Kawag River, not exactly on the primary forests of Danum Valley as in Danum Valley Research Centre or Borneo Rainforest Lodge. However it is still nice and has many of the attractions. The hotel must put mosquito nets on the windows and balcony door.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled
2 Helpful votes
US$365 - US$365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge
MalaysiaSabahLahad Datu
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kawag Nature Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kawag Nature Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, airport transportation, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Kawag Nature Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Kawag Nature Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Does Kawag Nature Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Kawag Nature Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kawag Nature Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.