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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
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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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Clothes rack
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, Malay


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Block 4, Ground Floor, MDLD 3286/3287, Lahad Datu 91112 Malaysia
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Lucíasb wrote a review Nov 2019
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I booked a tour with Borneo Refugia and stayed at Kawag for one night. I could not be happier. The experience of trekking in the jungle was amazing, and our guide Rob was so nice and knowledgable. We didn't see orangutans, unfortunately, but we saw other wildlife such as gibbons, red leaf monkeys, Wild pigs and wild cats, and leartn a lot about the rainforest. The accommodation was new and very comfortable. The staff were helpful and nice, and the food was yummy. Overall, excellent experience, I totally recommend it!
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Date of stay: November 2019
zpeller wrote a review Oct 2019
Soskut, Hungary504 contributions182 helpful votes
A nice, fairly new place. Rooms are clean, but prepare for basic infrastructure. The dining area is lovely and friendly, enjoyable. Thanks for the chef, food is really good. You may find couple of trails but prepare for millions of leaches. Quit annoying to check your body all the time. They made hard to enjoy trekking. But the staff, was very VERY nice and kind. I wish to meet all around such people. A big thanks all of you.
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Date of stay: October 2019
wilcirrus wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions6 helpful votes
The resort has an interesting design which allows you to observe nature from an elevated boardwalk, you can even take photos of birds and other wildlife from your breakfast table. The service staff are very friendly, professional and attentive to your needs and the food was very good. My guide Rom was very knowledgeable in all aspects of the jungle and patiently explained all the interesting things we saw on the hikes and night drive. We saw lots of birds and small animals even though the region was in the middle of a drought. There were very few mosquitos at the lodge, probably because of all the small bats which come out at night to eat them. My guide was also happy to change my itinerary to suit my plans/interests. On a slightly negative note, one of the other senior guides
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Borneo_Refugia, Marketing Officer at Kawag Nature Lodge
Responded 15 Oct 2019
Hello wilcirrus, Thank you for staying with us at Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge and for taking the time to share your valuable review. Concerned with your comments, we had made an investigation and would like to take this TripAdvisor reply corner to explain this little misinterpretation. Wildlife observation etiquette – For this matter, a guide has their own way to entertain their guests and some of them presented their cheerful and energetic personalities to ensure that their guests will not feel bored during the jungle activities. Refuse to hitch a ride – For this matter, we already communicated with our guides. We found that the issue here was on the time arrangement of the activity. The morning walk activity usually starts at 0500 hrs and our vehicle will depart at that particular time. As informed by our guide, your morning walk activity was re-time to later at 0600 hrs. Therefore, the other guide and his guests had left at 0500 hrs to use the vehicle. Any inconvenience caused is much regretted and we will take these comments for our future improvement.
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herbie_avl wrote a review Sep 2019
Asheville, North Carolina154 contributions68 helpful votes
We stayed here for the 3D / 2N package. It was a great experience. The food was plentiful and good. Our guide for all the nature treks was fantastic, very personable and knowledgeable about all the life in the forest. We spotted a wild orangutan and gibbons in the forest with the help of our guide. Popular destination for serious bird watching. The rooms are simple but comfortable. It is very hot and humid so definitely recommend a room with air con. Free unlimited drinking water refills. Very limited wifi service so enjoy unplugging while having an authentic nature experience.
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Date of stay: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from Borneo_Refugia, Marketing Officer at Kawag Nature Lodge
Responded 5 Sep 2019
Hi Herbie Thank you for choosing us. We are glad to know that you had a great experience at Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge. Thank you for taking a moment to recommend us to others. Your good ratings are greatly appreciated, and we hope you won’t hesitate to let us know if we can serve you again in the future!
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Mario C wrote a review Aug 2019
Cecina, Italy21 contributions13 helpful votes
The complex is nice but with low maintenance, and the staff need some things to learn. 1) no briefing about the park, the forest and the animals. 2) no pictures of them at the wall...only two books 3) the guides are.not interconnected, to inform about animals location 4)the trek are.nice but the guide was tired and not really ecxting 5)the.room not cleaned everyday(she sad i mist ask for that🙄) 6) no passion to share from them about the forest or animal Finally its expensive 700 euros for a couple 2 nights for a low cost experience....(kinabatangan river is much much better with 300)
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Date of stay: August 2019
US$343 - US$355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge
MalaysiaSabahLahad Datu
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