Travelers typically fly into the Sandakan airport on a flight from Kota Kinabalu, the largest city in Sabah. The guest experience begins immediately with a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where guests get an introduction to the island's most famous species and observe rehabilitated orangutans on a short nature walk. After lunch, board a speedboat at the jetty and take a 2 ½ hour ride along the scenic Kinabatangan River. Follow the river through the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, on the lookout for wildlife, before arriving at the lodge. Transportation from the airport to the lodge is included in the package price.
The risk of malaria and dengue fever varies in Borneo depending on the season and region. Consult your doctor before traveling, and be sure to use nets and insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites during your stay.
Each season has its draw in this part of Borneo. The monsoon season from November to February is very wet, but the rains open up channels to parts of the forest that are otherwise inaccessible, including oxbow lakes where wildlife come to drink. April to October is considered the main flowering season. Temperatures range from 75°F-90°F (24°C-33°C) and wildlife can be seen throughout the year.
As the main activities at Sukau Rainforest Lodge involve exploring the wilderness, the dress code is casual. In order to be sensitive to the local population, guests should dress modestly when visiting nearby villages.
Children of all ages are welcome at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Children age three and younger stay free of charge and children under 12 receive a discounted rate when sharing with adults.
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