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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is a laid back property set beside Sabah’s longest river. This eco-friendly lodge provides a simple but comfortable base for adventures along the river and into the rainforest, with some of Borneo's best wildlife-spotting.

At a Glance

  • You could not find a better location - perched right on the edge of the Kinabatangan River, one of the best places in Borneo for wildlife spotting

  • For a change of scenery from the river cruises, at the back of the lodge is an incredible jungle trail, great for spotting primates

  • The lodge is a great advocate for sustainable tourism, with biodegradable materials, rainwater filtering, and projects to support the local community   

  • The accommodation is simple, but there are good family options, and all of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and overhead fans

Insider's View

This is the ideal place for tracking down the bizarre proboscis monkeys. Make sure you have your camera at the ready when you go on your river cruise - your personal guide will be on hand to make sure he points everything out!

Victoria Hogg

Insider's View

Don’t expect luxury, relish in stepping back to simplicity and enjoying what is around you.

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Insider's View

Ask to have your breakfast on board your boat whilst on your morning cruise to the Pitas oxbow lake.

Scott Dunn team

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


Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge has 33 rooms spread across stilted chalets. The rooms have wooden floors and walls, with simple furnishings and en-suite bathrooms. Due to the remote location, only 10 of the rooms have air-conditioning, but for those which do not, ceiling fans and the gentle river breezes help to cool the rooms down in the evening. 

The main area of the lodge houses a restaurant which serves hearty buffet-style meals, and there is an air-conditioned lounge where you can watch educational documentaries about Borneo's flora and fauna in the evenings. When you are not off on one of the lodge's exciting excursions, there is a large deck at the front of the property, perfect for relaxing with a book, or watching life on the river.  

Sustainable tourism is high on the agenda here, with many projects to help the local community and protect the environment. Biodegradable materials are used wherever possible and rain water is collected and filtered.

The Kinabatangan River has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. During your stay at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, there are plenty of opportunities to try and catch site of the local animals on different boat trips and walks into the rainforest. The World Wildlife Fund have said that the Kinabatangan River is one of only two places on earth that are home to 10 wild primate species, including the proboscis monkey, Bornean gibbon and orangutan. There are also a huge number of bird species, reptiles and even pygmy elephants.  




The Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge has 33 rooms, which are located in semi-detached stilted chalets. The rooms are pretty basic, but they do all have en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers. 10 of the rooms have air-conditioning, and all have overhead fans. Most of your time here will be spent out on the river and in the rainforest, and so the simplicity of the accommodation should not be a deterrent.   


Children are very welcome to come and stay at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Whilst there are no specific facilities for them, the accommodation is some of the most family-friendly in this part of the island, with Triple Rooms and Family Rooms available.  


The lodge has a lovely deck facing the river; the perfect place to relax between adventures. There is a central restaurant which serves buffet meals. There is also an air-conditioned lounge, which usually shows nature documentaries in the evenings. At the back of the lodge is a jungle trail where red leaf monkeys and wild orangutans are often spotted.


Your days at the Kinabatangan River Lodge will largely be spent on the water and your guide will show you the smaller tributaries of the river where you may spot many species of birds and monkeys. The proboscis monkeys. which are only found in Borneo, can often be spotted at the river's edge as they come down to feed. There are also walks into the rainforest, and the lodge has a number of platforms for wildlife-spotting around the property.   

Location & Directions

Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo

Set on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest river. Not far from Kampung Abai near the river mouth of the 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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