Beautiful viewing jetty overlooking Kinabatangan River at Abai Jungle Lodge
Beautiful viewing jetty overlooking Kinabatangan River at Abai Jungle Lodge
Dining deck and viewing deck at Abai Jungle Lodge
Dining deck and viewing deck at Abai Jungle Lodge
Orangutans in the rainforest
Orangutans in the rainforest
Twin cabins at Abai Jungle Lodge
Twin cabins at Abai Jungle Lodge
Jungle breakfasts, wooden walkways and elephants at Abai Jungle Lodge
Jungle breakfasts, wooden walkways and elephants at Abai Jungle Lodge

Borneo Jungle & Orangutans - Abai Jungle Lodge

2 nights from £639 per person

Overview

The experience here is unparalleled; while accommodation is fairly basic, there are no other lodges around and as you head out on the river, there is nothing to interrupt the natural spectacle. Keep binoculars in hand and watch for trees moving to spot proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, hornbills, crocodiles or even the elusive pygmy elephant or a wild orang-utan. Highly recommended is the sunset cruise, a perfect time to see the forest’s inhabitants moving around and as night falls and you cruise back to the lodge for dinner, watch as luminescent fire flies light up the trees.

Meals, which are all included, are taken in a riverfront restaurant with local produce on offer, serving up Bornean and Western options; local catch of the day will have been supplied by local tribes and could not be any fresher! Your overnight accommodation is in wooden chalets joined by wooden boardwalks, simply furnished with double or twin beds, as well as a desk, ceiling fan, netted windows and an en suite bathroom that uses recycled water.

Children are warmly welcomed at the lodge by the friendly staff, and family rooms sleeping up to 2 adults and 2 children are available. Whilst there is no lower age limit for children, we recommend that it's not really suitable for children under three years. Older children will delight in the short yet fruitful river safaris and the easily manageable boardwalk nature trail (DTM).

Whats included?
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  • Transfers
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour
  • Flights
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Day 1

Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre & Sun Bear Conservation Centre

You will be transferred from your hotel to Kota Kinabalu airport for an early 45 minute flight up to Sandakan. After arrival at Sandakan Airport, drive for approximately 30 minutes to the world’s largest Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre at Sepilok. Proceed through the jungle on the boardwalks to the free roaming area and the feeding platform.  At around 10.00am it is feeding time and the Orang Utans generally visit to interact and enjoy their treats.

Visit the adjacent Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where rescued sun bears live in a 2.5 hectare forest sanctuary, the perfect place to see these unique Asian bears, observe their natural behaviours including searching for honey.

On leaving the Sepilok Centre, you will transfer to the Sandakan jetty at noon to join an hour long boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary, where you will alight for lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant.

After lunch check in to Abai Jungle Lodge for your 2 night stay (standard room with twin beds).

Before dinner take a river cruise to search for wildlife until the sunsets while enjoying a cup of coffee and as night falls and you cruise back to the lodge for dinner, watch as the fire flies light up the trees.

After dinner, again experience the sights and sounds of the “Jungle at night” on the lodge’s nature boardwalk to search for birds, snakes, insects and other wildlife with a resident nature guide. 

Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge (non air-conditioned)

Day 2

Abai Jungle

Wake up to the early morning calls of the jungle and enjoy the fresh morning air with a river trip to the unique Pitas Oxbow Lake to observe wildlife. After breakfast, you are invited to join the tree planting project with the local villagers which includes the option to enjoy a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village or if you prefer, return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you are free to explore the nature board walk behind the lodge or just relax in your unique surroundings. You may spot wild orang utan, silver leaf monkeys, birds and much more!

Late afternoon, take another river cruise in search for wildlife.

Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge (non air-conditioned)

Day 3

Abai Jungle & Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, check out of the lodge and you will be transferred back along the scenic river (approximately one hour) back to Sandakan. Upon arrival have an early lunch before proceeding to the airport for your flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

Services Included

  • Accommodation in a twin room with private bathroom
  • Return flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
  • Transfers and tours with a local English-speaking guide in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All entrance fees and activities as described in the itinerary
  • 2 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner

Services Excluded:

  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Drinks with meals
  • National Tourism Tax (paid locally to the resort)
  • Air-conditioning in the lodge - this is available in some rooms and can be added on at an additional cost.

Lucy Gorham
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