Three day stay
Stayed here with six family members. We opted to pay a little extra and have an air conditioned lodge, which is money very well spent. The site lies along the Kinabatangan river bank, on the opposite side to the village, so once our bus arrived, one of the motor launches came to collect our party and baggage. This is, in my opinion, primarily a back packers accommodation., With some large dormitories, and a communal shower and toilet block. The admin block is where check in happens, and a briefing is given by a member of staff. It is good to listen to this, as it covers all aspects of how the tours work, and what times meals are served. There is a small shop that sells essential commodities such as beer and wine. Concrete and wooded. Paths connect the chalets to the Jetty where the river safaris are embarked.
We were very fortunate as our guide, Jonathan, was extremely knowledgeable, and also benefitted from having the eyes of a hawk. Our first safari saw us observing Long Tailed Macaques, Pig Tailed Macaques, Kingfishers, Egrets, Proboscis Monkeys, and lastly, and much to my amazement, a herd of Malaysian Elephants, that were foraging noisily at the river Bank edge. To see this was a truly moving experience.
All of our subsequent safaris were guided by Jonathan, and we went on to see many more species under his expert eyes.
Food was basic, but good and adequate. Rooms were clean, and I enjoyed sharing the porch with a family of Gekkos.
This is well run, with no frills, what you do get is interesting encounters with nature, sharing a boat with other individuals with similar interests.
Definitely worth its five stars. Good value for money, in pretentious. Don’t come here if you want to have room service, maids and butlers. This is very much a get out there and enjoy it place.
Thank you to all of the kind, helpful and friendly staff who made our stay so pleasant.
And to Jonathan, special thanks. your Rock my friend.
Family - 13 Okt 2017