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Sam Williams

Nature the right way

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 May 2022
I Stayed at the Borneo Nature Lodge as part of a 3 day 2 night package. The rooms are very pleasant and exactly what you should expect from a nature lodge. I personally found the food delicious, generous portions and the staff extremely welcoming and helpful, Walter and his team do a great job.
The river safari’s are outstanding, I had an extremely knowledgable guide (kurt) who clearly had a passion for animal conservation and improving their habitat. Very lucky to see an Orangutan and her baby in the wild, along with proboscis monkeys, macaques, silver leaf, crocodiles and hornbills. The only thing I didn’t see was a Pygmy Elephant, but this is real nature and you won’t see everything. The river is quiet as the tours are not fully back running post pandemic so this may impact future visitors as numbers increase.
Do bring your own water bottle so you can refill and help reduce plastic waste, the constant supply of Sabah tea is also very good.
Insect repellent a must, you are in nature, although the staff do everything to keep the mosquitoes at bay naturally, make sure to keep doors closed.
A fantastic lodge that is very well run and genuinely cares about nature and protecting it. So glad I was recommended to stay here
Date of stay: May 2022
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 March 2020

We had three nights here as part of our package, the rooms are very basic yet comfortable, food was fine, service was excellent. There is a water cooler in the main restaurant to enable you to fill your water bottles.
The main reason for your visit here is to see the flora & fauna along the banks of the Kinabatangan river by boat. We were lucky enough to have a boat pretty much to ourselves and our guide for the first day, then we were joined by another couple who unfortunately didn't speak English and they shared our guide.
Cruising up and down the river and tributaries you get to see a huge amount of wildlife. We were lucky enough to see a lone Pygmy Elephant on the bank, apparently the heard had gone through several days earlier. The guides and boat drivers are very good at spotting and do their utmost to ensure that you have a pleasurable stay. We very much enjoyed our stay & seeing the extensive array of wildlife from crocodiles to hornbills to orangutang & many more, the king fishers are exquisite.
Be sure to bring walking boots and a good bug spray.

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 26 December 2019

This is a beautiful jungle lodge accessible only by boat. We stayed 2 nights. Room was very comfortable and tastefully decorated. They even had sarongs for us to wear. Pleasant verandah out front to sit and watch monkeys, have your coffee. The AC exhaust fuels the hot water, quite ingenious. We did an evening and morning cruise, saw lots of wildlife including many bird species: hornbills, eagles, an owl, pigeon species, storks, sun-birds, bee-eaters, dollar birds and others. The guides were very adept at spotting animals. We also saw a monitor lizard, many proboscis monkeys, macaques, and even a flying lemur. Only minus about the place was the food. It is terrible. I told the boy three times that I am vegetarian and he kept bringing out plates of squid and ham. Vegetables were bland but fruit was good. I recommend bringing snacks. Also if possible rubber boots and insect repellent for the forest walk, though they did happen to have boots my size.

Date of stay: December 2019
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Reviewed 19 December 2019

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our Borneo Tour, and had the most amazing experience. We were right on the river, in the middle of the jungle, and had 3 river cruises to see wildlife. We managed all typed of monkeys, two orangutans in the wild and a herd of pygmy elephants, top stay.

Date of stay: December 2019
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Reviewed 6 December 2019

We stayed here as part of a trip a deal tour. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and food OK. We took 2 sunrise boat trips and 1 sunset boat trip. We saw lots of animals in the wild.Would recommend this for a 2 night stay.

Date of stay: November 2019
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Reviewed 13 November 2019

We spent three nights here and it's location is fantastic. From the Lodge we went on three river cruises ( small boats with 6 - 8 POB) searching for monkey's, crocs, birds, snakes and Pygmy Elephants. We managed to get 100's of photo's of everything apart from the Elephants which we only just missed. The accommodation is fairly basic, there is aircon from around 6am to 10pm and ceiling fans the rest of the time. We found this quite adequate and slept well. Our only criticism was the room was dusty and the towels had a real musty smell like they had been rolled up damp and had remained that way for some time. There is no TV so do have a book to read for relaxation times, each cottage has a verandah and outside seating where you can just chill out. The food is good and drinks (beer and wine) can be purchased. There isn't a variety of wines, I think it was Chardonay only but your not really there for the wine are you.
Our boat Captain was great his ability to spot creatures from the boat was uncanny, and we have many great photo's thanks to his expertise. There was also a road trip during the stay to visit Gomantang Caves, which was not a highlight and I have covered that in a separate review. Do keep you windows locked, the long tailed Macaques WILL get inside your room if you don't. Overall, our stay at Borneo Nature Lodge was great and a genuine highlight of our Borneo trip.

Date of stay: October 2019
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