Abai Jungle Lodge
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
Don’t let the thought of snakes and spiders deter you from the night walk! It feels very adventurous and you will be in safe hands.Scott Dunn team
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Abai Jungle Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo
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.
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.