Accommodation, Sabah

Abai Jungle Lodge

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Abai is one of the most easily accessible forest lodges along the wildlife-rich Kinabatangan River yet is situated in one of the quietest areas in terms of visitor numbers.

Accommodation at Abai is in simple but clean and comfortable stilted chalets. All the rooms are en suite with hot water and have 24-hour electricity. There is no air-conditioning at this lodge but each room has fans to keep you cool.

The restaurant serves mostly buffet meals but sometimes a la carte meals are offered at quieter times.

There is a good network of trails from the lodge leading to 5 different watchtowers where wildlife such as primates, squirrels and forest birds are often seen.

A large population of proboscis monkeys inhabits the forests lining the Kinabatangan River, often encountered on river trips. Other wildlife includes wild orang-utans, long- and pig-tailed macaques, gibbons, and silvered and maroon langur monkeys. The lodge provides a good base for birding – eight species of hornbill are possible to see in the immediate area. Borneo pygmy elephants are also found here in large herds and can occasionally be observed on boat trips.

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Abai Jungle Lodge 5.682133, 118.380035 Abai Jungle LodgeView

Facilities

Restaurant, lounge, bar, private facilities with hot water showers, and veranda.

Local Wildlife

Wild orang utans, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, silvered and maroon langurs, Muller’s gibbons, Bornean pygmy elephants, civets, otters and bearded pigs. During the dry season when river levels are lower, the rare flat-headed cat can be seen, most often on nocturnal boat trips. Reticulated pythons, mangrove snakes and saltwater crocodiles can often be encountered at the water’s edge. Eight species of hornbill, the rare storm’s stork, kingfishers and Bornean ground cuckoos are some of the many avian highlights.

Optional Activities

Boat safaris along the Kinabatangan River, guided walks through the forest.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Borneo tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We have now arrived back in the UK after a truly memorable Borneo holiday. The tour…was fantastic, we saw a great range of wildlife…It is a tie between the wild orang-utan and the grazing elephants as to the highlight of the holiday. The guides were excellent…The tour has left us with two problems: how can we afford to have all our film developed and where do we go on holiday next year? Thanks for arranging a great holiday.

Mr & Mrs N B - North Yorkshire