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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge chalets are connected by walkways, a bird observation tower and an open sundeck facing the river.

The lodge consists of 33 rooms in total - 12 semi-detached timber-built chalets with two fully independent rooms, plus another three units of three rooms (a variety of twins, doubles, triples and family rooms), all of which have en suite bathrooms with hot shower, insect-screened windows and fans, and are connected by hardwood walkways. Electricity is provided by generator. 

The lodge makes a convenient base to see wildlife and there is a jungle trail where red leaf monkey and wild orangutan are often seen. There are various spots for viewing the lovely natural surroundings and its wildlife: the Jetty Tower, the Bird Tower, the Frog Platform and an open sundeck facing to the river. Activities include morning and afternoon river cruises with experienced guides, jungle treks which start from just behind the lodge, and you can walk to a local village. After dinner there are frequent video presentations featuring the area's wildlife, and occasional live music laid on by the friendly staff. The restaurant (where tea and coffee is on hand around the clock) and bar area look out over the river and jetty, and there's a small air-conditioned library. 

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Sabah & Sarawak Adventure

Search for the wildlife of the interiors amongst the dense jungle and remote rivers of Sabah & Sarawak. Designed to introduce you to the area's top eco-destinations, highlights include a visit to a headhunter tribe, watching orangutans in Sepilok, and Tabin Reserve, home to some of Borneo’s unique species.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Sabah Wildlife Special

Travel to Borneo on a two-week trip that visits the best places to see Sabah’s wildlife. Enjoy boat trips to discover the extraordinary wildlife of Kinabatangan, including proboscis monkey, orangutan, Asian elephant and Sumatran rhino, and four nights at one of our favourite lodges in the Danum Valley.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kinabatangan River snakes through Sabah’s lowlands for 560kms to reach the Sulu Sea. Along its length, a river safari will reveal a mosaic of riparian forest, oxbow lakes, nipah swamp and mangroves which supports a wide variety of mammal and birdlife who have grown surprisingly tolerant of human presence.

  • Where: Sabah State
  • Ideal for viewing: Wallace’s hawk eagle, orangutan, proboscis monkey, pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhino
  • Excellent for: Wildlife festivals, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, River safaris, Orangutan watching, Birdwatching