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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

The adventure of a lifetime at Kinabatangan
Kinabatangan River ToursBorneo holidays· 33 Rooms · £££

An immersive rainforest location

The perfect lodge for those who desire an authentic rainforest experience in one of the world's most unique and biodiverse ecosystems.

Rooms: The Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge offers an authentic Bornean experience with rustic yet comfortable rooms. Located in the heart of the rainforest, the lodge provides cozy accommodations that capture the essence of the jungle. Each room features private balconies, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the lush surroundings.

Location: The lodge is ideally situated along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo. It is nestled within one of the world's most biodiverse regions and offers immediate access to the river's abundant wildlife. The remote location ensures an immersive rainforest adventure, while still being accessible by boat from Sandakan.

Amenities: Despite its remote setting, Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge offers essential amenities for guests' comfort. The open-air restaurant serves local and international cuisine, and the lounge area provides a relaxing spot to unwind. The communal areas maintain an authentic rainforest atmosphere.

Activities: The lodge provides a range of activities for guests to experience the rainforest's wonders. Guided river cruises and jungle treks are the highlights, offering close encounters with wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, orangutans, and pygmy elephants. Birdwatching and night safaris are also available, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

Sustainability: Sustainability is a core principle at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. The lodge actively participates in environmental conservation and local community support. They employ eco-friendly practices, minimize waste, and conserve energy. The lodge also runs wildlife conservation programs and engages in efforts to protect the rainforest's unique biodiversity.

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When to go to Borneo

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

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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.



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)



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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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