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Borneo Rainforest Lodge

An extraordinary gateway to Borneo's rainforest
Danum Valley toursBorneo holidays· 31 Rooms · £££

Remote location surrounded by incredible biodiversity, a truly wild experience

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is the perfect destination for those who seek an authentic rainforest experience with minimal impact on the environment.

Rooms: The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a unique eco-retreat that brings guests closer to nature in Borneo's pristine rainforest. Its rooms are more accurately described as rustic chalets, offering an authentic jungle experience. They feature large windows to immerse guests in the lush surroundings while ensuring comfort.

Location: Nestled within the Danum Valley Conservation Area, the lodge enjoys a prime location within the heart of the Bornean rainforest. The surroundings offer unparalleled biodiversity and are home to rare and endangered species. It's a remote and peaceful getaway, reachable by a scenic drive through the dense jungle.

Amenities: Despite its remote location, the lodge provides essential amenities, ensuring guests are comfortable during their stay. The open-air restaurant offers delicious meals while guests can relax in the bar and lounge area. The most notable amenity is the Canopy Walkway, allowing visitors to explore the treetops and spot unique wildlife.

Activities: The lodge offers a range of activities that allow guests to engage with the rainforest's wonders. Guided jungle treks, wildlife watching, and birdwatching are highlights, as well as night safaris to spot nocturnal creatures. For the adventurous, the canopy walk provides a thrilling experience high above the forest floor.

Sustainability: The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is deeply committed to sustainability. Located within a conservation area, the lodge actively participates in preserving the rainforest's natural beauty and biodiversity. They follow eco-friendly practices, reducing waste and conserving energy. The lodge also supports local communities and engages in environmental education programs.

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When to go to Borneo

A month-by-month guide of when to visit Borneo

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January

January is part of the rainy season, particularly in the northern parts of the island. Cultural events such as Chinese New Year (depending on the cycles of the moon this can be January or February) are a good bet to attend rather than venturing into the jungles where wildlife will largely be hiding from the intense weather.

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February

There is still rainfall in the southern parts of the island but the north is starting to dry up so a good time to head to the beaches around Kota Kinabalu for underwater activities such as snorkelling if you want fewer crowds. Potential Chinese New Year celebrations are good to look out for (check the calendar for the year for when the celebrations start)

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March

Good for wildlife viewing, especially orangutans. Cooler temperatures for jungle treks. As the weather cools down a bit, it's prime time to explore Borneo's diverse flora and fauna with fewer crowds before tourist seasons ramps up.

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April

Great weather, dry and good for trekking. Head out to the rainforests to try and spot orangutans. Visit cultural festivals and enjoy water-based activities. Join in the festivities during various cultural celebrations and explore the island's rivers and coastlines.

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May

Experience vibrant local cultures. Weather is favourable for outdoor adventures, especially wildlife viewing. Connect with the indigenous communities and take part in their customs while enjoying outdoor activities in comfortable temperatures.

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June

Great for hiking and exploring the rainforests. Wildlife is active. See orangutans in the jungles and sea turtles in the ocean. The lush rainforests are alive with wildlife, making it an excellent time for nature enthusiasts.

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July

Warm temperatures make July the most popular month to visit Borneo, meaning prices are often higher and crowds larger. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Ideal for river cruises and exploring markets. Enjoy the warmth and explore the island's waterways and vibrant markets.

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August

Warm and dry weather. Possibly the best month to visit Borneo, as it is perfect for outdoor adventures. The dry season ensures excellent conditions for hiking, jungle exploration, and other outdoor pursuits. Turtle hatching season begins in August so head to Lankayan Island to watch this adorable event.

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September

Tourist season slows down so there are fewer crowds and lower prices but September is still a good time for jungle treks and wildlife spotting. September maintains favourable weather for outdoor activities and wildlife encounters.

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October

Octobers marks the start of the wet season so if you want to visit in this month, try to get in in the first few weeks. Outdoor activities can be challenging. The onset of the wet season means more rainfall and the need to plan outdoor adventures more carefully. A great time for diving around the coral reefs.

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November

Rainy season persists. Limited outdoor options. The wet season continues, which can limit outdoor activities, so plan accordingly.

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December

Middle of the rainy season, bringing storms and heavy rainfall. Large parts of the island become inaccessible due to weather constraints so avoid visiting in December if you can.

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