Abai Jungle Lodge

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.

Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia
Abai Jungle Lodge
  • 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

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 coloured 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.  


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Top tip:

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.

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Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia

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.

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