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Kinabatangan Jungle Camp

Kampung Bilit, Kinabatangan, Kinabatangan Town, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, 90000
Main Lodge
Jungle Trekking
Twin Sharing/Double Room with private bathroom attached
Buffet Dinner Asian Delight
Main lodge
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Based on 172 traveler reviews

Nearby attractions
Kinabatangan River
(14.03 km)
Gomantong Cave Sandakan
(17.18 km)
St Michael and All Angels Church
(42.03 km)
Agnes Keith Home
(42.17 km)
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Basic accommodations but top notch guide services -- we saw such amazing wildlife!!! So happy we stayed here!
The rooms and meals here are pretty basic (no wifi, no cell service, no air conditioning) but the rooms are clean, rustic, and mostly bug-free --other than the occasional one that might fly in as you open & close the door. We knew when we booked here that the rooms and meals would be very basic but we were coming here for the wildlife and in that aspect we were NOT disappointed. Our guide fully delivered and had a great personality and was extremely knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna. He always had something to point out to us or when we had seen a proboscis monkey for the umpteenth time, he provided a new fact about them he had not yet shared. He could make the call sounds of so much of the wildlife. It was fascinating on every boat ride. We had 5 boat rides and 1 jungle hike over our 2 nights/3 day tour package. The lunches and dinners were good and plentiful. The fish dishes were our favorite. The lunch and dinner meals were simple but tasty and filling. You can get Tiger beer, wine, soda, or 100-plus for an extra charge. Again, while the food and accommodations are really simple, we came here for the wildlife and were thoroughly impressed. We saw so many proboscis monkey, silverleaf monkey, long-tail and pig-tail monkey; we saw only 1 wild orang utan but this is no surprise considering how much the palm oil plantations have encroached on the area around the river and how so few orang utan remain in the wild. We were so incredibly ecstatic to have seen wild pygmy elephant. We saw over 30 elephants near the river's edge. We were there before any of the other properties showed up. We also saw countless species of birds including kinfisher, cookoo, heron, egret, many species of hornbill; we saw monitors up and down the river, and finally saw 2 crocodile (they are hard to find!) During our hike, our guide showed us millipedes, butterflies, spiders, pygmy squirrel, frogs, leeches (bleh!), and so many species of plants. Around the camp we saw a gibbon (he comes out very early in the morning so you need to be out looking for him before 6 a.m.), boar, monitors, black squirrel, and at night sometimes a civet shows up. I am under the impression we had their best guide and it seems our guide does a better job than one of the other guides there. Our guide was Aslam (sp?) And he really goes out of his way to show you what you want to see and guarantee you have a great experience. I didn't get the impression the other guide that was with another group there was so eager to please. We saw elephants and they did not--and we were out on the river at the same time as them. All the other companies on the water communicate with each other and share tips. Why the other group's guide didn't take them to see the elephants I do not know. I would be pissed if I were in the other group and found out our guide had not taken us when everyone else on the river knew elephants were spotted in the area. So, ask about which guide you will have and insist you have a good, dedicated guide. The only thing we would recommend is upgrading the breakfast and the restaurant area so that its a little more relaxing. A little upgrade could go a long way. Both mornings we were offered toasted white bread (we each were given 2 slices of buttered/toasted white bread with a couple of options of jams and peanut butter and a choice of scrambled or fried egg. That was it. No fresh fruit, no option other than bread. The coffee and tea choices are also very basic. They have a hot water dispenser for coffee or tea. Offering fresh fruit and real coffee and/or better tea would be a huge improvement. It is instant coffee crystals with powdered cream. Having fresh-brewed coffee and real milk could make a huge difference for mornings. The powdered coffee and cream are fine for having on offer throughout the day for those needing a little caffeine later in the day. Also the rooms are very hot (even when sitting under the ceiling fans) to really relax in during mid-day. We found it to be much cooler to be outside than in the room. But to avoid the mosquitoes, we wanted to sit and read and relax under the ceiling fans on the restaurant deck. Unfortunately all of the tables are dining tables. It would be nice to add a couple of reclining chairs or chairs without a straight back for your guests wanting to read or to sit and watch the wildlife while sitting in the restaurant area in between boat trips, etc. This would create a much more relaxing environment for guests. I know other guests have also recommended you to have more games for guests and families to play and I think having these would also help tremendously. Decks of cards, Uno, checkers, dominoes, or local Malay Congkak game would be a fantastic addition. These little touches would make guests' stay much better so that people will compliment their time at the camp--not just compliment the tour/wildlife experiences. We are very happy we chose to come here and only want to see this place be able to continue to attract more guests so they do well. I think a few little improvements can go a long way.
Family - Oct 21, 2017
Lorna O
Mainly because of the guide. The lodge is somewhat in need of a bit of TLC. This however can be looked over. You are in the middle of the jungle, and no frills are needed. The manager Linda and her team were lovely, friendly and welcoming. The guide Rossi (?!) however, was useless. On the boat trip he spent most of his time on his phone, there are patches of network coverage on the river, and you could hear his phone pinging non stop. At one point I turned around to look at him, when he saw me, he stuffed his phone into his pocket. On my first boat trip we followed the hoardes of boats who got to the spot before us, this meant there was little spotting to do for the guide. He gave no additional information other than naming the bird or monkey we were looking at. The boat driver on other occasions did most of the spotting, work the guide then playing catch up. On the jungle walk, he practically marched the circuit barely looking up or around to see what might be there. I saw some stick insects and a bark insect. A million of mosquitos, and that was it. Pretty disappointing. While I realise it's not a zoo, I just felt like the guide made zero effort, and just wanted to get the walk over and done with. On the final boat cruise were I was the only one on the boat, we saw next to nothing. Perhaps the guide would have stood a better chance of spotting something, had he not been so busy clipping his toenails. That's right, during his work hours, while meant to be guiding me on a paid trip, the guide thought it was an appropriate moment to clip his toe nails. Absolutely disgusting. The saving grace was the resident civet cat Jerry who comes out in the evening, and pinky the resident Buffy owl. Food was pretty decent with large portions. Rooms a bit worn and very basic.
Solo travel - Sep 28, 2017
Great eco-style lodge by the river. Great for wildlife spotting
We had a great stay here. We chose a 3 day 2 night option and that seemed like just the right amount of time, although I could happily have done an extra day if we had more time. We were picked up at the airport and driven by minibus to the camp which is 2 hours then short 20 min boat ride to get there. The driver was great and bus very comfortable. The camp is definitely on the basic side, with very simple rooms and only fans rather than air con. So sometimes it's very hot but nothing a cold shower can't fix (there is hot water for a few hours each day), and it does seem to cool down in the evenings. The staff were all lovely and helpful and went out of their way to tell us about the local area and wildlife. The stay includes all your meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) buffet style and I have to say the food was delicious and I always went back for more. They always have filtered water available too. The stay includes a range of wildlife tours with a couple of boat tours down the river per day, a night tour (very thrilling cruising the river in the dark spotting crocs!) and a 1 hour walk through the jungle by the camp. Our wildlife guide was Azlan and he was fantastic. I couldn't believe his ability to spot wildlife and he really knew his stuff. We spotted all kinds including orangutang, proboscis monkeys, snakes, crocs, huge range of birds. Bring your camera and binoculars. No wifi or mobile reception which we thought was great as you can really switch off. Bring with you: camera, binoculars, long trousers & long socks (for walk through the jungle), leech socks if you have them (we didn't, they can loan you wellies/gumboots), long sleeve top, hat, strong deet repellent, books to read for down-time.
Couples - Aug 12, 2017
Daan J
Superb stay at KJC!!
We booked the 3D2N package (which boils down to approximately 48 hours) in a Family room. The room (fan-only) was basic which is no problem as it was very clean, with a double bed and two single beds. The shower was also good enough. Service from the hotel is fantastic. This is applicable to all staff, from the boatsman to reception and catering. They are very customer-oriented, always trying to give you a great time. Pickup was from our Sepilok hotel, well communicated and right on time. Linda also took a lot of care in arranging a safe transfer to Semporna. The guided boat trips and walks were very good. Azlan, our guide, awaited us at the Bilit jetty and accompanied us on all our trips. He also made sure we got on the correct car when leaving the boat jetty two days later. He knows a lot about the wildlife and speaks quite good English. And he has a good sense of humor! The breakfast is simple and okay, lunch and dinner however are fantastic. Some of the best food we encountered in 2 weeks of traveling through Borneo. All in all: highly recommended!
Family - Aug 8, 2017
Fantastic wildlife experience and awesome staff
Kinabatangan River is an absolute ‘Must’ for wildlife watchers. Whether you choose to do it from the more upmarket Lodges or the likes of Kinabatangan Jungle Camp is a matter of choice, but you’d be hard pushed to beat the friendliness of the staff at KJC. Other nearby Lodges offer fancier accommodation but you are really here for the wildlife experience and KJ C guides are truly awesome at spotting wildlife. Wildlife we saw included orangutans, proboscis monkeys, adult and baby crocs, silver leaf monkeys, black squirrel, pygmy squirrel and more. The staff here made our experience ‘real’ because they wanted the best experience for us. We will be keeping in touch with the awesome staff via email and hope to get back some day. Thank you Linda, Harna, Adele, Ebu and guides too many to mention! Chrissie and Liam Halpin New Zealand 
Couples - Jul 28, 2017
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Hotel facility


Hotel policy

  • Food and Drinks
    • Breakfast
    • Breakfast and dinner
    • Breakfast and lunch
    • Early bird breakfast
    • Breakfast served to the table
    • Vegetarian meal
    • Fullboard with non alcoholic drinks
    • Fullboard with drinks
    • Continental breakfast
    • Buffet lunch
    • Buffet dinner
  • Public Facilities
    • Room service
    • Coffee shop
    • Restaurant
    • Coffee/tea in lobby
    • Breakfast restaurant
    • Dinner restaurant
  • Accessibilty
    • Accessible bathroom
    • Accessible path of travel
    • In-room accessibility
    • Access friendly
  • Hotel Services
    • Laundry service
    • Tours
    • Luggage storage
    • Limited hours room service
  • Sports and Recreations
    • Motor boat ride
    • Badminton
    • Safari
  • In-room Facilities
    • Bathrobe
    • Desk
    • Shower
  • General
    • Family room
    • Smoking area
    • Non-smoking room
  • Things to Do
    • Outdoor facilities
  • Transportation
    • Airport transfer

Check-in and Check-out Time

Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM

Kinabatangan Jungle Camp is located in area / city Kinabatangan Town.

There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Gomantong Cave Sandakan within 17.18 km, and St Michael and All Angels Church within 42.03 km.

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