Abai Jungle Lodge
Abai Jungle lodge is situated at 47 km from the mouth of Kinabatangan River. Built entirely on stilts, Abai Jungle Lodge is only reachable by boat and provides a fantastic location from which to see a prolific amount of wildlife in a peaceful environment.
At a Glance
Although this is by no means a luxury lodge in terms of amenities, a stay here provides you with a rich experience
An abundance of wildlife to be seen, all you need to do is step out on to your veranda
Super helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff to look after you
River tours, walking tours and night tours are all on offer
Lodge is set amidst lush, colorful and tropical vegetation - really beautiful and tranquil surroundings
As this is the only lodge in the area, when you go out on boat cruises only guests from the lodge will be there
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To start planning your vacation to Abai Jungle Lodge
Do not expect luxury when you come to stay at Abai Jungle Lodge, instead look to be wowed by being so close to such a plethora of wildlife, personal service and a tropical location. Yes it is basic, but it is a wonderful opportunity to really experience what the area has to offer.
Despite that, the lodge is lovely. You arrive by boat and from the moment your first step on to the lodge's ground there will always be something to see whether that is a monkey, the lush gardens or a bearded pig - there is always something going on. Listen to the sounds of the forest and the river as you relax in the gardens, sit on your veranda or dine in the restaurant - a real feeling of being at one with nature.
Accommodation is basic, each chalet is split into three rooms with a shared veranda and are perfectly comfortable if a little dark. But you won't be spending too much time in there as you'll want to be outdoors getting stuck in with all the going ons and for fear of missing out in seeing a species of sorts. Electricity is generated by solar power and water is collected, but do not fear, you will not have to forego a hot shower as bathrooms are equipped with them and western style lavatories.
The restaurant has a good atmosphere as it is a popular stop off point for visitors on their way to Sukau, it serves delicious local produce and fresh fish brought in by the villagers.
You will spend your days going out on boat trips to cruise along the river taking in the scenery and hopefully catching sight of the local habitants. Here, you may see pigmy elephants, wild orang-utan, many species of birds to include hornbills and kingfishers, crocodiles, monitor lizards, monkeys, snakes, fireflies and more! You could also take part in a tree planting project to help keep the jungle alive and full of species followed by having lunch at the local Abai village.
For those who are not afraid of experiencing real life in the jungle and are happy to challenge themselves to forego some luxury amenities and like idea of eating their breakfast with a wild orang-utan swinging in the trees above, a stay here will be memorable and fulfilling. It is quieter than the areas of Sukau further down the river which makes for a more special stay.
The 20 rooms are split into groups of three in wooden chalets accessed by scenic walkways. They all share a large veranda which looks out on to the river giving you a good view of the river activity which could keep you entertained for hours. You can either opt for a twin or double room. They feature an en-suite bathroom with a hot shower, a ceiling fan and are well maintained and very clean, although linen may be rather mismatched.
Children are welcome to come and stay here and guides will take special care to focus experiences on children. They will love exploring the river by boat with a pair of binoculars in hand!
Abain Jungle Restaurant is where you will enjoy your daily meals during your stay at the Lodge. Set on the river bank with an abundance of water activity occurring, it a fabulous way to enjoy your dishes of fresh, local produce. They also have an outdoor deck with a few sun loungers which is a nice way to spend some down time.
During your stay here, you will spend most of your time wildlife spotting and you are highly unlikely to be disappointed. Guides will take you on river tours or walking tours to explore further afield to see a wealth of wildlife. Expect to see all sorts such as orang-utan, crocodiles, macaque, silver leaf monkey, egrets, kingfishers, owls, viper, well the list could go on and on. And to see most of these you won't even have to leave the lodge. The staff are very knowledgeable and will point out anything of interest to you with expertise. Learn about some of the eco projects they are organising and executing to increase your knowledge on the local area and sustainability.
Location & Directions
Abai Jungle Lodge is situated at 47km from the river mouth of Kinabatangan River, the longest river in Sabah and Malaysia's second longest river.
When to go
Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.