Wonderful Wildlife Opportunities at a Great Value
The Kinabatangan Lodge had only four people on staff, but since my wife and I were the only guests for the four days we were there--it was one of the best staff-to-guest ratios I've ever experienced.
The lack of guests was a bit creepy at first, I'll admit, but the head guide Mustafa assured us it was because it was still the tail end of the rainy season. "Moose", as he preferred to be called, was a top-notch guide and his mission was to show us as much of the natural wonder of the Kinabatangan District we could stand. He took every opportunity to take us on morning cruises, day jungle hikes, sunset river cruises, night jungle hikes.
The food was ample and tasty, and the staff was there serving only us. A rare experience that might not help other travelers considering staying there in a bust time, but the staff there was attentive to our needs, and I suspect would have been equally diligent had all the cabins been full.
One day Moose took us downriver to Sukau, the more upscale area where the tonier resorts are. His mission was to show us more wildlife than we had seen near the Sunshine Lodge (it was obviously important at jungle resort that Moose show us the orangutans and various monkeys and macaques in his neighborhood, and he didn't disappoint). So we went downriver in search of Pygmy Elephants, and Moose found another nature guide who related a sighting another 15 minutes downriver. We hustled to the site and had a wonderful viewing.
The price was incredibly cheap considering the amount of field time we had. The food was good, the accommodations simple. Socially, well it was just my wife and I and we've been together a long time. We saw plenty of riverboats from the more upscale lodges and they were pretty full. So if meeting other tourists is important to you, then SUNSHINE Lodge may not be gor you. If it's about the scenery and wildlife, though, THIS IS THE PLACE.
Couples - Mar 4, 2017