Sukau Rainforest Lodge: The Experience

Located in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Daily life at Sukau Rainforest Lodge involves a well-paced exploration of the surrounding wilderness and its creatures, interspersed with time to relax and enjoy the jungle ambience. Naturalist guides take guests on a variety of excursions depending on their package, from morning walks and river cruises to outings to historic limestone caves or orangutan habitats. Each afternoon, guests are invited to join a guide for a scheduled talk, hike, or tour, and every evening, a slideshow features intriguing stories about the lodge. 

Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Hornbill Boardwalk

Join experienced guides for an interpretive morning walk along the raised boardwalk that loops through the forest behind the lodge. Learn to identify exotic tree and plants species, and spot birds, monkeys, and other wildlife. The walkway has two areas designated as elephant passes, and Bornean pygmy elephants can sometimes be found here.

Ape Talk

Join a guide in the Gomantong Hall on Mondays or Thursdays for a talk on orangutans.

Village Walks

Take a short boat ride to a nearby village with a guide to meet members of the community and learn about everyday life in rural Borneo.

Jungle Trek

Head into the jungle with a guide to observe wildlife and examine rare flora and fauna.

Green Walk

Go behind the scenes on a tour of the lodge with a staff member and learn about its eco-friendly facilities and green practices.

Traditional Games

Learn about games that have been played in Borneo for centuries.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered with specific packages or at an additional cost.

Orangutan & Langur Treks

Join a naturalist to go searching for wild orangutans and langurs in nearby forests. (Included in Orangutan Search package.)

Gomantong Caves

Drive to Gomantong Caves, home to millions of bats and swiftlets and historically a source of edible birds' nests, a rare delicacy in East Asian cuisine. Follow a guide through limestone passageways to discover the cave’s unique ecosystem. Then explore the surrounding primary rain forest, home to wild orangutans, langurs, and other wildlife. (Included in Orangutan Search package.)

Borneo Pygmy Elephants Search

Take an early morning river cruise in search of Bornean pygmy elephants, which can often be found on the floodplain, tributaries, and the upper catchment of the Kinabatangan River. (Included in both Kinabatangan Wildlife Safari and Orangutan Search packages.)

Rejuvenating Footspa Treatment*

Indulge in a relaxing foot massage and treatment surrounded by the peaceful forest after a day of exploring.

Batik Painting*

Learn the traditional art of batik painting during a workshop led by local artisans.

*These activities are offered at an additional cost.

Food and Drink

The Melapi restaurant is built on a jetty with a lovely outdoor terrace so that guests can enjoy river and wildlife views as they dine by candlelight on a creative fusion of local and international cuisine. The cozy Gecko Lounge is handsomely appointed in wood and local textiles and serves coffee, tea, cocktails, wines, and other beverages.

Other ways to visit this lodge

  • Customize a Trip

    Want to plan the trip of your dreams? Create a custom trip around this lodge.

    LEARN MORE
  • Private Expeditions

    See a specially crafted National Geographic itinerary including this lodge.

    VIEW PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY