Having visited a few jungle camps I am aware that you cannot compare these lodges to hotels - they are different things altogether. The staff were really nice - our guide, John was well informed and interesting. He did not bombard us with information (something I find tiring) but was really knowledgeable about the area and the animals. Everyone was pleasant and helpful. The food was good for a jungle lodge with plenty of variety. Our room was comfortable and clean with air conditioning (very welcome). The river cruises were motorised and we saw lots of monkeys, a giant lizard, hornbills and other birds and crocodiles. We also saw an orang Utan on our cave visit along with swiftlets and lots of cockroaches (in the caves not the lodge) also a boar and monkeys which visited the lodge area. Miraculously we did not get rained on once. Umbrellas were supplied but not needed. Tips if you have not been to a jungle lodge before:. Don't take all your stuff - try to leave some at another hotel and bear in mind you will carry your bag yourself. Your room will probably not be cleaned or towels changed unless you ask but ours was clean and well supplied on arrival and we were ok with this. Take mosquito repellant - very important! It is worth taking a wet bag for your cameras etc in case you get caught in rain. At this lodge we did not get a hairdryer but there are sockets - one next to a mirror - so you can take your own. It is very humid but dry in the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bilit Rainforest Lodge is located beside the Lower Kinabatangan River in the village of Bilit, approximately 2 hours drive from Sandakan. It is a set of amidst lush tropical forest and offers comfort and peaceful relaxation as well as a base for easy exploration of the incredible diversity of plant, mammal and birds at the Kinabatangan region. All chalets and the restaurant are made from local hardwood material and are designed to blend into the nature giving a unique local native ambience. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable with a minimum of 600 sq.ft. for standard chalets and 800 sq. ft. for VIP permier chalets. A boardwalk connects the jetty, restaurant and all the chalets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bilit Rainforest Hotel Sabah