Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

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.

Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
  • 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

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.  



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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!

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Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia

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

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