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Borneo Nature Lodge

No. 41, North Road Block 3, 1st Floor, Prima Square, Phase 1, Mile 4, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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An eco-friendly lodge nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan river the longest and biggest river in Sabah.The Lower Kinabatangan is one of Sabah's most splendid natural treasures and the richest concentration of wildlife in South East Asia. The lodge has 12 rooms with an additional twin-sharing handicapped friendly room equipped with air-condition and attached bathroom. Appreciate the "Green" details practise by the lodge where at night all electrical items run on solar power.
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Free breakfast
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2.0 of 5 stars
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English, Malay

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No. 41, North Road Block 3, 1st Floor, Prima Square, Phase 1, Mile 4, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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Sandakan Airport
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Seth E wrote a review 7 Apr
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It was amazing we saw elephants crossing the river, a wild orangutan, crocodiles and a sea eagle. Our great tour guide who was called Mohammed always got us the best view on everything. The staff we amazing and very friendly and the hospitality was amazing
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Date of stay: March 2024
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td wrote a review 3 Apr
Poundbury, United Kingdom4 contributions
Amazing experience, we had 2 nights in the lodge and a night on Turtle Island. Food was good, rooms basic but clean. The people are lovely. Special thanks to Loy, our guide for making our holiday, knowledgable and caring. He took the time to make sure we were ok at all times, quite important for 2 females on their own. Thank you l!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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iisashu wrote a review Mar 2024
Raleigh, North Carolina3 contributions
I do want to share my dissatisfaction with the Borneo Nature Lodge service and miscommunication I experienced. My understanding was it seemed every other group staying there had a boatman and a guide. I was only provided a boatman. When I checked in, no one explained to me that a button needed to be pressed outside of the bathroom for hot water in the shower, which caused me to take an extremely cold shower. I was told the last evening, 30 min before the tour that I had an evening cruise and was told that my transportation would be picking me up the following day at 10am and to be ready by 9:50am. I had gotten up early to attempt to pay extra to search for the elephants, but at that time there was no available boats. I had decided to go ahead and have breakfast and make my way back to my room. At 7:40am, I got a knock on my room door that the transport has arrived. I had to take a few more minutes to get everything together. I was unaware that I needed to pay a tourism tax. So I paid and was rushed to the jetty. The transportation got me to the orangutan sanctuary at 10:30am, passed the feeding time, so I missed the orangutan sanctuary, which was really disappointing.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Julie S wrote a review Mar 2024
Yarm, United Kingdom9 contributions3 helpful votes
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Stayed 2 nights here .First night was with a lovely lady from Vancouver .2nd night it was just us so we got personal service.Staff were very nice.Cooked us a nice English breakfast each morning and a local evening meal..Loved arriving by boat.Lovely setting in nature of lodge.Quite Basic but fine.No wi fi in lodge just near the restaurant .Went on several boat trips on the Kinabangan river.Very lucky to see an Orangutan on first trip.Ended up seeing the Borneo big 5 plus much more with our guide Ehrmon and boat driver .A highlight was an elephant swimming right beside our boat and following it for ages till it left the water.It was like being in a nature programme. I hope the Canadian lady sees elephant pics as tried to send her one by email but it wouldnt work. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robin wrote a review Mar 2024
Vancouver Island, Canada39 contributions18 helpful votes
I have recently (Feb 2024) spent 4 days/3 nights at BNL. They picked me up at my hotel in Sepilok and transported me to the lodge on the river. From the first moment I knew I was in good hands. The Manager Walter greeted me on arrival and gave me some info. The staff and service were exceptional. There were only 2 of us there, so it was almost a private resort. The room was delightful...clean and spacious. The food was a set menu, but always a great selection and far too much food...but delicious. My guide Jal was personable and really wanted to find me Borneo's big 5...which he did! Elephant sightings twice, rhinoceros hornbills (4), several crocodiles, 1 orangutan and loads of proboscis monkeys. A few red leaf monkeys and loads of macaques. Some of the other boats were packed with people, and I had either the boat to myself, or 1 other person. The lodge seemed to have some renovations going on, so it may get busier, as this was low season. The water level was very low, but we managed to get in to Oxbow Lake which was very pretty. There was even a group of silver leaf monkeys right beside the walkway one day. I even hired them to take me by land to Lahad Datu when my tour was over. Nothing was too much to ask. You will not be disappointed with the service and wildlife at BNL. I would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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LGFG2022 wrote a review Mar 2024
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Fabulous welcome and made to feel at home as a solo traveler. Amazing surroundings. It was very quiet when I stayed as things were just starting up again after Covid, and really appreciated the time and effort given to me while I was staying at the lodge. Great food and would definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: They catered beautifully for vegetarians
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Sebastiaan V wrote a review Oct 2023
Meise, Belgium4 contributions1 helpful vote
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We recently had the privilege of staying at Borneo Nature Lodge near the Kinabatangan River, and it was an exceptional experience. The lodge provided comfortable and clean accommodations, and the staff were friendly and attentive. The lodge's location by the Kinabatangan River allowed us to enjoy day and night boat safaris, where we witnessed a variety of wildlife. We saw numerous water birds, saltwater crocodiles, buffy fish owls, raptors, and various monkeys. The elusive flat-headed cat was a particular highlight. Our guide, Siti, was was very knowledgeable, ethousiastic and had great eyes for spotting animals. She was a huge added value to our experience. Adventure Alternative Borneo (AAB) orchestrated the trip seamlessly. If you're a nature enthusiast, I recommend this lodge for its unique wildlife encounters and comfortable stay.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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gillian k wrote a review Jul 2023
Dublin, Ireland87 contributions104 helpful votes
Borneo Nature Lodge is a 2 star accommodation on the Kinabatangan River in Sandakan. The lodge is indeed very charming, and graced with a most delightful and helpful staff. The river safari is a wonderful experience transporting the traveller into a world of Pygmy Elephants, Orang Utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Hornbills, and Water Monitor Lizards. The local guides are extremely knowledgeable and will seek and wait and listen patiently until they hear an interesting sound that may be investigated. Do not expect many creature comforts here; this is a Rainforest. And although laudably Eco-friendly, I feel a hotel should also consider its guests....The accommodation was spartan verging on primitive, and the bathroom was dingy with a broken tap. You need no carbon footprint to fix a tap, or to clean the windows. My advice to travellers is to do your research into the lodges in Borneo before you travel. Then enjoy the wonderful experience that is Borneo.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Joberry wrote a review Jun 2023
Sinop, Türkiye216 contributions26 helpful votes
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Comfy chalet-type accommodation nestled in lush nature, right by the river. Delicious foods served at every meal (plus an additional light breakfast of toast and tea/coffee prior to morning cruises so you don’t get tempted by the local birds). Very knowledgable and skilled tour guide plus boatman (heard multiple boatman from other companies say if he doesn’t go a route then they wouldn’t either). We sighted numerous wildlife including a slow loris and multiple crocodiles. Staying here was a fantastic adventure!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Coral M wrote a review Jun 2023
Fairlie, New Zealand109 contributions33 helpful votes
Great place to stay with chalet type accommodation we had a herd of 30 odd pigmy elephants come though our lodge so lovely to see them so close up. Meals where very good even made us a birthday cake staff friendly and boat tours amazing looking for the wildlife on the river.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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RM 916 - RM 1,760 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Borneo Nature Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Borneo Nature Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Kinabatangan Jungle Camp (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Borneo Nature Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Borneo Nature Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Borneo Nature Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Borneo Nature Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Borneo Nature Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Borneo Nature Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.