Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Location: Kinabatangan Basin & Selingan Island | Malaysia & Borneo

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Slow the pace right down at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, and come face to face with some of Borneo’s most incredible wildlife. Waking up in your rustic stilted chalet, you’ll be greeted by the sounds of the jungle, before taking to the water to see colourful birds and the extraordinary proboscis monkey.
Perfect forAbsolute nature lovers.
In the knowThe holy grail for birders is the extraordinary long-necked snakebird (Anhinga), which you may be lucky enough to see diving for fish.

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Lodge
  • Rustic
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Kinabatangan Riveside Lodge sits right on the banks of Sabah’s longest river, Kinabatangan.

Rooms at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Reached along wooden walkways, the lodges are rustic and simple but comfortable and full of character, and overlook either the river or the rainforest. The ceiling fans and the breeze from the river will help to keep you cool.

Food & Drink

The food at Kinabatangan is fresh and simple – often involving the day’s catch from local fishermen – and is eaten in the laidback central dining area. 


The observation tower is the perfect place to look out for proboscis monkeys swinging from branch to branch or hornbills perched in the treetops.

Activities at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

All activities at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge are nature-focused, taking full advantage of the range of wildlife in the surrounding jungle and river. Heading along the jungle trail with your guide, keep your eyes peeled for proboscis monkeys and long-tailed macaques, whilst on river cruises you’ll weave through the mangroves past colourful birds – and if you’re lucky, the rare pygmy elephant.

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Hotel location

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is reached via a flight to Sandakan, followed by a road transfer or a boat trip up the river.

Stay at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge on these trips

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