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Block 4, Ground Floor, MDLD 3286/3287, Lahad Datu 91112 Malaysia
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#3 of 9 Speciality lodging in Lahad Datu
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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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Block 4, Ground Floor, MDLD 3286/3287, Lahad Datu 91112 Malaysia
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2swisstravelers wrote a review Feb 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland91 contributions30 helpful votes
We booked our two nights stay through Borneo Adventure by internet. From the airport pick-up to the bus station drop-off at Lahad Datu, everything was perfectly managed. We had an excellent and pleasant experience at the lodge, in the middle of the jungle. We were the only two guests, so it was very quiet, no phone connection, only jungle noise around, so relaxing ! The overall accommodation is great and the staff was very attentive, smiling and friendly. Warm welcome with useful informations, and the possibility to buy leeches socks which have proved useful against leeches close to the ground. We had been warned on booking that, at this time of the year (end of December) the region receives much rain and leeches proliferate. However, the many leeches did not spoil our
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Response from Hafeona J, Sales & Marketing Officer at Kawag Nature Lodge
Responded 1 Mar 2018
Thank you very much for sharing to us your experience, we’ve enjoyed reading your reviews. We are glad that you had a great time at Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge.
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Radhika Bajaj wrote a review Jan 2018
49 contributions11 helpful votes
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This Lodge was originally a research centre and was later converted into a lodge once the research was completed. The amenities are quite basic and the rooms are rustic. But the entire place is so beautiful. You are suddenly plonked right into the middle of a rainforest and have nothing but jungle for miles around. It is a peaceful feeling to be at one with nature. Nature lovers would die for such a place. The 3 days we stayed here were definitely not enough. Everyday we used to go for jungle treks through the secondary rainforest around our camp. The leech infested paths were a small price to pay for the actual experience of trudging through the wonderful forest spilling with different insects, lizards, birds and animals. The sun hardly breaks through the thick forest roof
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Response from Hafeona J, Sales and Marketing Officer at Kawag Nature Lodge
Responded 9 Jan 2018
Thank you for sharing your views. We would like to share some information about Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge (KDRL). KDRL is owned by the Sabah Forestry Department. It was built in June 2012 and completed in December 2014. The Lodge started its operation on 1st August 2016. Borneo Refugia Adventure Sdn Bhd has been entrusted by the Sabah Forestry Department to manage and sell KDRL. In May 2016, a Scientific Exploration has been conducted in KDRL to record scientific information about Kawag Forest. The Lodge is new and were open for eco-tourism purposes and it is located at the buffer zone in Danum Valley Conservation Area (DVSC) where the world renown Danum Valley Field Centre is located. We are happy to know that you had a wonderful time at KDRL. We hope with your sharing, more viewers will come and visit us at Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge. Have a nice day!
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iml549 wrote a review Sep 2017
Madrid, Spain45 contributions20 helpful votes
I have never felt so cheated before... Let's start with the environment: The forest is beautiful, peaceful area in the rainforest. The staff is friendly (although some of them don't speak English) and the guides do what they can to show you the fauna. However, the animals are very difficult to see (we didn't see anything apart from insects and thousands of leeches). We paid extra (70 euro/person) for a trip to the primary forest, definitely not worth it as we did not see any animal there either. Now let's talk about the hotel: The price paid (230 euro/night/2 people), is way too expensive for the facilities of the hotel. The rooms are as basic as any hostel found anywhere else around Asia: dirty purple walls, super basic bathroom, very old furniture, found several big spiders
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Date of stay: September 2017
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A B wrote a review Aug 2017
Leiden2 contributions2 helpful votes
Positive points: Rooms are nice, food is fine. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Our guide was great. Negative points: We were very disappointed with the rainforest. They told us at the office in Lahad Datu that the lodge is situated in the secondary forest, but it wasn't made clear to us that it is very new secondary forest and had been heavily logged in the recent past. So the flora and fauna were not as you might expect. Maybe nice for people with little experience of the rainforest, but not for us. Definitely not worth our money!
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Gr64Oz wrote a review Aug 2017
95 contributions38 helpful votes
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We went here as an alternative to going to Danum Valley Field Centre or the extremely expensive Borneo Rainforest Lodge. The Kawag Rainforest is just outside of the Danum Valley Conservation Area. Beautiful dense (secondary) jungle. The lodge is great and there were very few people there. We stayed for 4 nights. The first two nights there were 2 other people there and the second two nights there were 3 others. So it was very quiet and very peaceful. The rooms are fairly basic but definitely good enough. We had one of the 'deluxe' rooms which have a balcony overlooking the forest. 3 meals a day are included in the price. The food was excellent. The best we ate in Sabah. The service was always excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. We went on a guided
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Date of stay: July 2017
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PRICE RANGE
US$343 - US$355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahLahad Datu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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