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Abai Jungle Lodge

Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo

Abai Jungle Lodge is located on the lush banks of the Kinabatangan River in Borneo. Built on stilts, and only reachable by boat, this simple but cosy lodge provides a fantastic base for spotting the wealth of wildlife that can be found in the area.

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

  • There are wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable staff to look after you

  • Activities include boat trips along the Kinabatangan River, and walks through the rainforest

  • The lodge is set in lush and colorful surroundings

Adventure, Honeymoon

Insider's View

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

Insider's View

Pack your binoculars. You do get incredibly close to the animals but it does make that bit of a difference.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Abai Jungle Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo


From the moment your first step off the boat into the grounds of Abai Jungle Lodge, there will always be something to see, whether that is a monkey, brightly colored flowers in the lush gardens or a bearded pig, the area is a treasure-trove for nature lovers.

Accommodation is basic, but most visitors only spend a night or two here, and stays are very much about the experience rather than the rooms. There are 24 rooms, spread across chalets along the boardwalks. Each chalet has three rooms with a shared veranda. The rooms have overhead fans and en-suite bathrooms which have hot water showers. 

The open-air restaurant has a lovely social atmosphere, as it is a popular stop-off point for visitors and locals on their way down the river. The restaurant serves delicious local produce and fresh fish brought in by the villagers. On the riverfront there is a large open deck which offers a charming place to relax and admire your surroundings.   

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 inhabitants. Here, you may see pygmy elephants, orangutans, many species of birds, including hornbills and kingfishers, bearded-pigs, monkeys and snakes; to name but a few! There are also extensive boardwalks from the lodge into the jungle, and so there is plenty of opportunity to explore on foot.  



The 24 rooms are split into groups of three in wooden chalets accessed by scenic walkways. Each chalet shares a large veranda which looks out on to the river. You can either opt for a twin or double room. The rooms feature an overhead fan and an en-suite bathroom with a hot-water shower.


Children are welcome to stay at Abai Jungle Lodge, although there are no specific facilities for them.


Abai Jungle Restaurant is on the waterfront, serving a range of western dishes and Malaysian specialties made with local produce.  The lodge also has an outdoor deck with a few sun loungers, which is a nice way to spend some down time or spot some of the wildlife around the river.


Unsurprisingly, the activities offered at Abai Jungle Lodge focus on the wonderful wildlife in the area.  The Kinabatangan River has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo, with a plethora of bird species and mammals, many of which have been known to roam close to the lodge. The knowledgeable staff will accompany on wonderful boat trips and board walks, ensuring you make the most of your experience.  

Location & Directions

Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo

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.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Abai Jungle Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo

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