Journeys worth taking

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Eco lodges & tours

Orangutans, Sun Bears, Pygmy Elephants

Lodging

Eco Lodge

Nights

3 Nights

Trip Details

Group Excursions

Price

$595 pp 3 nights / $385 pp 2 nights

Transport

Van, river boat

Pygmy miles

1,124

Experience
Experience
Itinerary
Pygmy miles
Accommodation
Practical info

Experience

Tucked away from civilization in a patch of rainforrest only accessible by boat, you will find Sukau Rainforrest lodge. This part of the jungle has wild orangtans and sometimes they can be seen from the boardwalk of the lodge. During your stay you will take several river boat safaris along the Kinabatangan river to sight wildlife including orangatans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, lemurs and flying squirrels. Sir David Attenbourough knew about the abundance of wildlife in the area and has stayed in the lodge on a few occasions. 

Hot showers are provided by solar energy, however, for ecological reasons, air conditioning is not available. Still, with the cooling breeze coming off the Kinabatangan and your in room fan, you should remain quite comfortable. Included in the overnight price is all meals and transfers, visits to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sunbear Conservation center, river cruises, naturalist guides, wildnerness trek, rainforrest discovery center and Sandakan Memorial Park.  

...using several Borneo hardwood species, it went through a major RM3 million renovation in 2010

Activities

Trekking

Take a trek through the jungle to find the man of the forrest, the orangutan.

Wildlife Viewing

Take river cruises along the Kinabatangan in search of the wildlife of Borneo including: orangatans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, lemurs and flying squirrels.

And also

  • See the Sun Bear, the world's smallest bear.
  • Enjoy a candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide.
  • Learn about and visit the man of the forrest at the Sepilok orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre.
  • Receive an educational tour along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist.

Place

Located in the geographic center of Maritime Southeast Asia, Borneo is the third largest island in the world. It's is shared by the Malaysian states Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. It's home to one of the oldest rainforrests in the world and a diverse population of wildlife including pygmy elephants, orangutans and sun bears. Borneo is facing a conservation crisis due to it's rich supply of Palm Oil, which is in high demand all over the world. Palm plantations lead to habitat loss for wildlife. 

Itinerary

Track

Itinerary

Day-1

Transfer, Orangutans and Sun Bears

Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch a video show about the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the Orang Utans at 1000hrs, and then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young Orang Utans. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear. After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2½ hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Take a river cruise using electric motor in search of wildlife and birds. Enjoy candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (L/D)

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Pygmy miles

Pygmy Miles Total

Challenge
Motorized Vehicle
Hiking
Bicycle
Sustainability
Miscellaneous
595pygmy miles

Base Miles

For every $1 you book with Pygmy Elephant, you earn 1 Pygmy Mile.

82pygmy miles

Transfer miles

For every 1 mile you drive to reach Sukau Rainforest Lodge from the Sandakan Airport, you receive 1 Pygmy Mile.

149pygmy miles

Minimizes environmental impact

Part of the electricity supplied to the eco lodge is generated from solar power. All rooms have attached bathroom and shower water is supplied through rainwater harvesting and hot water by solar heaters. Air is cooled by cross ventilation air currents and ceiling fan. Lighting is supplemented by oil lamps using recycled cooking oil. River tours are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and four strokes outboard engines.

149pygmy miles

Conserves Nature and Wildlife

Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Borneo Eco Tours contribute RM4.00 and RM8.00 respectively for every international guest (totalling RM50, 000.00/ USD 16,400 annually) who stays at the lodge in addition to contribution from guests. The lodge started collecting RM 20.00 per guest as conservation levies in 2009; this goes towards the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Tourism Operators Association (KiTA) and BEST Society to enhance conservation along the Kinabatangan.

149pygmy miles

Generates understand of environmental issues

Trips to the Sun Bear conservation center and Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre promote awareness of the risk these animals face. Furthermore, an experience with endangered wildlife can transform them from problems on paper to problems that are seen and felt.

Total Pygmy Miles

1124pygmy miles

Accommodation

 

Sukau Rainforrest Lodge

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The 20 room, multi international award winner, named by National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009 as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the world and a finalist in the 16th World Travel Awards 2009 as one of the world leading ecolodges. Built in 1995 in traditional Malaysian architecture using several Borneo hardwood species, it went through a major RM3 million renovation in 2010. It is built on stilts with a bar lounge, gift shop, Gomantong Hall meeting place, education centre, Hornbill Boardwalk with two elephant passes, three open decks for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty. Birdlife is especially rich here (over 325 species have been sighted in the area) including eight species of hornbills, kingfishers darters, owls, kites, eagles, broadbills, doves, storm storks, herons, hawks, ospreys, falcon, pheasants, parakeets, bee eaters, woodpeckers, pittas, bulbuls, forktails, babblers, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, among others.

Practical info

Price

 4 Days / 3 Nights per person (double room): RM 2,548 

4 Days / 3 Nights per person (Single): RM 3,118

High Season Surcharge RM 240 

3 Days / 2 Nights per person (double room): RM 1,638

3 Days / 2 Nights per person (Single): RM 2,018

High Season Surcharge RM 160

Included:
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All Tours and excursions 
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • English Speaking Naturalist guides
  • Entrance fees
Excluded:
  • All flights
  • camera fee 
  • items not mentioned.

Service Categories

Consult & Book

Changes to the itinerary are possible, however are limited. This eco lodge can be combined with other experiences to create a unique journey.

Pygmy Elephant provides: 

  • Transfer arrangement: including flights from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Sandakan Airport and further afield. 
  • Pre-departure support: what to pack, arranging travel insurance and informing on travel advisories
  • 24 hour customer service: if something goes wrong, we have your back
  • Best Price Guarantee: if you find a better price on the internet, we'll match it
  • Pygmy Miles: receive discounts off future travel

When

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It is possible to visit the Lodge year round, however most people prefer the dry season (dry is a relative term) that last from March to October. In May, trees begin fruiting and draw orangutans out for feeding. If you are a budget traveler, the wetter months provide better value for money, and who knows, you may get lucky with a dry spell.

How

Join a guided tour

You will be joining other travelers along group excursions and transfers. However there are no set departure dates and you can arrive and disembark as you please.

Challenges Levels

Technical Ability

Level : Low

Mental Strength

Level : Low

Physical Conditioning

Level : Low

Very little physical stamina is required for most of the tours. You can opt out of more physical activities such as the jungle trek. The eco lodge is quite comfortable, but it isn't five start luxury.

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