Nature Lodge Kinabatangan

The table below shows the price for a 3 Day and 2 Night tour package as well as the 2 Day and 1 Night tour  package, for one who has only a limited time to stay. A guest gets to choose a price that suits him/her, by choosing among the different types of rooms. If a guest needs to be picked up at Sandakan town or Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre he/her will have to pay RM 25, one way only. If guest is picked up at the Check Point, mostly on transit from Kota Kinabalu, there will be no surcharge. For an additional night stay one can pay as low as RM 50 (about USD 15), which includes lodging, meals and activities. Now this is what backpacker paradise means. Kids are welcome too, kids under the age of six is free of charge.

Price on different tour packages and room:

Room Type 2 Days and 1 Night 3 Days and 2 Nights Each Additional Day
Agamid Wing RM 405.00 RM 540.00 RM 100.00
Civet Wing RM 355.00 RM 440.00 RM 75.00
Dormitory RM 320.00 RM 370.00 RM 50.00

*Price quoted above is per person only.

Guests are always excited to meet these Borneo Pygmy Elephants. There is no guaranteed that one will meet them, but on average there is a 70% chance, which is pretty good.

Trekking through forest is a way of life here, the clip below shows guests passing through a forest trail while heading to an oxbow lake. For more information on the activities on Kinabatangan Floodplain, click here.

Can you spot how many monkeys are up on the tree?

Nature Lodge Kinabatangan was built near by the river, giving guests easy access to the river activities. It is built on a higher ground than the surrounding areas, which comes in handy during the raining season (January and February), as many of these places around the Kinabatangan river are flooded. Minimum trees are felled while building the lodges, guests can still see these proud trees standing tall in and around the lodges.  Some of these buildings are erected to the tune of the space. The lodge office and dinning halls are located in the centre, just near the river,  while the cabins and lodges are scattered around the office centre. The lodges also have good safety measure as the whole compound is surrounded by electric wired to deter wildlife from coming in, especially the wild Borneo pygmy elephants.

Nature Lodge Kinabatangan has knowledgeable guides to help guests to identify many species of birds and animals, while going for the river cruise or jungle trekking. The staffs are not only friendly and courteous, some of them are down right funny, very good entertainment especially when you are in the middle of the jungle. The lodge management employs most of it staffs from the surrounding area, like boatmen, guides, cooking staffs, and room cleaners and so on. Helping the locals, Orang Sungai, to understand about environment as well as giving them a job.

The accommodation at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan is divided into three types:

The Agamid Wing
There are a total of 12 units of Agamid Wing, with 4 units that can have 3 persons sharing. The bedding here is of three-star quality, and each room has an attached washroom with the luxury of having a hot shower. The windows are screened with anti mosquito mess, and fan is used for cooling off. A small veranda at the entrance of the lodge gives guests a good place to absorb the surrounding nature. The management is also very thoughtful as a few sockets are installed to the room, where guests can charge their batteries, for their cameras, video cameras, and phones.

Civet Wing
Civet Wing has four units. The cabin is down right basic, with two beds,  a fan, and an attached washroom without hot water though. But couples will get privacy. A veranda on the front door is very good for observing the out door.

The dormitory has a total of forty beds, which are separated in a few rooms. This is ideal for large group, like students and youth organisations, and the very budget conscious travellers. There is a wall fan in every room. The washroom with toilets and showers is located in another building.

The meal arrangement at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan is also well planned. Breakfast after returning from the early morning river cruise, while lunch is served immediately after coming back from the long oxbow lake walk. Dinner is served after returning from the late afternoon river cruise. Western and local style cooking are served here. The dining hall has no walls giving guests a close feeling with the forest. During dinner time selected wines are offered with price around RM 85 per bottle.

How to get here? Sandakan is the main exit point to the Kinabatagan floodplain. The Nature Lodge Kinabatangan coach will leave Sandakan around 11am. If you come from Kota Kinabalu there are two options, one is to take the early flight from KK to Sandakan. People who take this option will normally visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitate Centre before boarding the coach at 12pm and on their way to Kinabatagan floodplain. The second option is to take the early morning coach at the Bus Terminal in Inanam, Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan, but instead of going all the way to Sandakan, travellers will disembark at the Check Point ( The point where Tawau abd Sandakan junction meets). Here the coach that leaves Sandakan earlier will stop by here to pick you up at about 1pm. The coach will reach the Kinabatangan area of Bilit at about 3pm.

Other nearby interesting destinations:
Agnes Keith House
Gomantong Cave
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Rainforest Discovery Centre

Nasalis Larvatus Tours:
Kota Kinabalu Office:
Lot 226, 2nd Floor, Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088 230 534 Fax: 6088 258 263

Sandakan Office:
Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew ( Near to RHB bank)
Tel: 089 218 139


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