Abai Jungle Lodge, Borneo
The simple but charming Abai Jungle Lodge, located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River is only accessible by a one hour boat journey from Sandakan (a short flight from Kota Kinabalu). The 24 chalets are simple wooden structures with twin beds, ensuite bathrooms and ceiling fans and due to its remote location the power is provided by solar panels and water collected in water tanks. The restaurant is located on the banks of the river offering simple but tasty local produce. The highlight of this lodge is not its accommodation, but more the experience it provides, which is second to none and well worth the journey.
As the lodge is located away from the main Sukau area (where many other lodges are located) you’ll enjoy the natural environment without sharing it with crowds of other boats. The lodge is very eco aware and works very closely with the local villages, offering opportunities to meet the locals, join their tree planting scheme and then the highlight a cruise down-river to spot wildlife such as exotic birds, the long-nosed proboscis monkey and perhaps an orangutan or two.
We recommend spending 2 nights at the lodge in order to fully experience the many activities on offer, or alternatively combine a night here with a night at their sister property, Kinabatangan Lodge, located upriver in Sukau. All packages will make a stop at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which cares for many orphaned apes arrival in Sandakan.
Abai Jungle Lodge
Fly into Sandakan to arrive by approx. 8am. On arrival you will be met by SI Tours and transferred (approximately 30 minutes) to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Proceed to the free roaming area feeding platform for the 10am feeding. At this centre, observe man’s closest relative "the Orang Utan" being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. Visit to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. At 11.45 depart the lodge and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.
At 12:30hrs depart transfer to jetty in Sandakan and take an hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. Check in Abai Jungle Lodge. Late in the afternoon join a cruise to search for wildlife until the sunsets while enjoying a cup of coffee and by night falls. Return to the lodge for dinner before joining the "Jungle at night" at their nature boardwalk to search for birds, snakes, insects and other wildlife with their nature guides.
Take an early morning river trip to the Pitas oxbow lake to observe wildlife. After breakfast, you will be briefed about their tree planting project and join a 'most beautiful house competition' in the local village. Enjoy a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village. This project specially design to help the locals. After lunch, you are free to explore the nature board walk behind the lodge. There may be…..wild orang utan! Silver leaf monkeys, birds and many others! Late afternoon, another river cruise to search for different wildlife.
After breakfast you are free to view more wildlife at the nature board walk before transferring back to the airport.
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