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Reviewed 3 July 2012

Very well thought out room with gorgeous newer bathrooms. With the design the room is a bit dark and not particularly well ventilated. Beautiful location. We stayed for 3 nights and saw plenty of monkeys, some orangutans, and were delighted to come across a group of the pygmy elephants. Good food. They encourage guests to try wearing a sarong for dinner and we did and are pleased we got that opportunity

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MikeBirdman
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

The feel SRL gave was comforting, homely, tranquil. One feels close to nature by walking barefoot on the corridor, sitting in the open taking in the sounds n sights of the forest. The staff, guides esp, seemed happy working there, n would tell w pride how the lodge goes green n also help the locals. There's no air-con n recycled cooking oil used as fuel oil.
While the lodge is children friendly, easily excitable kids may cause displeasure as they run on e wooden floor.
Annoyingly, some guests disregard the staff's instruction not to enter the lounge with soiled shoes, when many other guests were actually barefooted or w the provided room slippers.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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2  Thank Comixe
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

We spent 4 nights at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which is a 2.5hrs and 90km boat trip up the Kinabatangan River, in March & had a truely amazing stay! During the boat trip up the river to the accommodation we start to get the feeling we were really in the jungle as we only pass a couple of villages of what the Malay’s refer to as “River People”. And about 1.5hrs into the journey we spot our 1st orang-utan in the true wild! Have seen many in Zoos & nature reserves but never before in the wild!! This is really a priviledge.

The lodge is quite small, only 20 rooms and all have been newly refurbished with a lovely sitting area at the back of the room looking into the rainforest.The dining area is on a covered deck that extends out over the river and out the back is a boardwalk leading into the jungle that crosses elephant paths, so the boardwalk has gaps to allow the elephants through otherwise they smash it up! The boardwalk is a necessity as the ground is extremely water logged and boggy, everything at the lodge is built up off the ground. The wildlife spotting is done from small boats, basically long narrow wooden dinghy’s, that hold eight people plus the guide. During our stay here we do two afternoon, one early morning and one night time wildlife spotting excursion in the boats. We are quite lucky with the wildlife spotting, we see lots of Borneo pygmy elephants, long tailed macaques, pig tailed macaques, crocodile, hornbill’s and the main two things we came to see, the very weird proboscis monkey’s & another orang-utan, it was a huge male with enormous cheek flaps & he is looking right ast us.....where else can you experience something like this?

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank gayengarry
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

Our stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (May 18-20) exceed all expectations. From the time we were met at the airport we felt welcome. The 2.5hr boat ride up the river was to be a highlight,
seeing 2 Orang Utan and a herd of Pygmy Elephants and the only shower of rain. On arrival at the Lodge being met by Donnie, Brett and their excellent staff, gives it a personal feel.

We took advantage of all the boat trips on the river - Orang Utan, Proboscis Monkey, Crocs and a variety of other animals and birdlife including the Rhinoceros Hornbill are to be seen. A huge thank you to our guide Jumaidi for his keen eye and knowledge of the Kinabatangan River wildlife and area.

The rooms are clean and comfortable, a good variety of buffet style food for each meal which is served overlooking the river. A must do for anyone visiting this area.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank OurWay2
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

For those who love nature, a trip to Sabah's Kinabatangan River is a must! We stayed at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge and enjoyed every moment. The lodge's commitment to eco-tourism and attention to the environment (including attempts at self-sufficency in energy and water) is to be commended. The staff was simply wonderful, from Husin the head cook to Annie (whose grandfather originally owned the land) -- very friendly and accommodating. Our river cruises were beyond expectations -- with the added unexpected treat of viewing the shy bearded pig and the pygmy elephants! A highlight! We also spotted an orang utan with her baby in the trees in the boardwalk area behind the lodge. Richard, our guide, was knowledgable and helpful. Really had a great time.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Besuki17
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