25 Feb 2020
Such an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience. The only hiccup was on our checkout morning. We had an early checkout, and were told we would have breakfast before we left. We quickly ate breakfast at the restaurant, so that we wouldn’t be late for our 07:20 checkout. As I was leaving, they presented me with some vegetarian food, which I couldn’t accept as we were running. Then we got to checkout, and the staff had kindly prepared a breakfast package for us. In short, we had 3 breakfasts available to us. An improvement in the communication that occurred between staff at checkout, restaurant staff and us would have spared some food goo to waste.
A tiny complaint. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to any who wished to go to the Kinabatangan River.
Henry, our guide, was brilliant. He and our boat-operator made such a huge effort to find an elephant for us to watch. We really appreciated it.
Awesome tour packages and great accomodations! I had amazing experiences. Polite, friendly and well trained staff. Will I consider for a come back? Definitely!!
Combined a 2 night 3 day package at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan with a 2 night stay at Nature Lodge Sepilok, booked through the tour company (Nasalis Larvatus) that owns them. We extended the 3rd day in Kinabatangan to add a visit to the Gomangtong Caves at dusk.
Be warned: you are VERY close to nature staying in the jungle! Coming from city life, it’s a bit of a culture shock being so close to all the insects and wildlife and that in itself is quite the experience. We stayed in a “private chalet” (it’s a wooden shack on stilts...) and the room and shower room/toilet was very basic, but had good air conditioning and plenty of insect screens on all vents and windows. If you are not okay with very basic lodging, then this is not the place for you.
All of the boat tours and guided walks were fantastic. Amero (sp?) was an extremely knowledgable local guide and had an amazing eye for spotting wildlife. Cairo (sp?) who took us to the caves was also excellent. The hotel rents out wellies which are vital if it’s been raining - the mud is up to a foot deep in places. Make sure you take leech socks with you as there are leeches everywhere you walk in the rainforest.
We saw everything on our tours: orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, multiple species of hornbills, crocodiles, silver leaf monkeys, a Storm’s stork, eagles... it was incredible.
The staff were fantastic - super friendly and helpful. I had a horrible stomach virus during my stay and they took great care looking out for me and preparing fruit outside of meal times for me. They let us stay in one of the empty dorm rooms after check-out time on our last day while we waited for our transfer to Gomantong.
We had an amazing time on the Kinabatangan river, saw a herd of elephants, all sorts of monkeys, a nesting orangutan, crocs, hornbills, just amazing. Our boat guide was good too. But this lodge was not great...not very clean, charge extra for every little thing (like Wellington boots hire), overcharged for a rushed visit to Gomonting caves, kept us captive for an hour after pick up from our hotel in Sepilok at an overpriced restaurant much too early for lunch. Highly recommended staying on the Kinabatangan river, but don't recommend using Nasalis Larvatus tours.
We booked our stay here as part of a packaged deal with Nasalis Larvatus tours and I could not recommend this tour company enough.
I had an amazing time at the nature lodge we had a chalet with privet bath room as I'm traveling with my mum and it was spacious and clean with a modern bathroom!
The dorm rooms looked perfectly nice as well along with the communal bathroom.
The food was excellent and catered for all dietary requirements.
The river cruises are incredible the views and the wild life was just as I had imagined it!
The night time walks were an experience in themselves!
Unfortunately we didn't get to go on the day time trek as a heard of Pygmy elephants were very close to camp! We didn't get to see them but on the night time walk we did see foot prints and could definitely hear the elephants growling!
We got to see all sorts of animals on our stay but unfortunately we didn't see any orangutans which to be honest was very upsetting as seeing these amazing creatures in the wild was basically the reason for my trip to Malaysian Borneo.
However our amazing guide John spotted a mother and baby as we were leaving Gomantong caves the next day
I would highly recommended staying at the nature lodge! All of the staff are friendly and make you feel very welcome!