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We stayed there for 3D2N and had a really pleasant stay with a lot of wildlife. The lodges are nice and the food was great. Read some comments about the low standard in the lodges. We came for the wildlife and did not expect any...More
Enjoyed staying here for 1 night in October. Staff very friendly and welcoming, facilities basic (as you would imagine for the location) food was surprisingly good. A/C goes off after 10 pm but I was so tired I hardly noticed. We were lucky with the...More
My husband and I stayed here for one night during our 2 week Malaysian adventure. What a great place!!! You really feel at one with nature and away from the stresses of everyday life. Our lodge was described as basic, but it had everything we...More
We were incredibly lucky to have been allocated Rusli as our tour guide, he is a remarkable person, incredibly knowledgable and phenomenally well read , his enthusiasm is contagious . The boat cruise was spectacular We were lucky enough to see Elephants, Hornbills , a...More
Everything about our 2 night stay was magical! The boat ride to reach the lodge, the friendly staff, laid-back atmosphere, great local food for lunch and dinner and what can I say about the jungle river cruises... We saw more wild wildlife than we ever...More
Yes, we are aware of the various advisories. Sadly, the coastal areas and islands around Semporna have seen incidents of cross-border criminal acts. Currently, there is a Maritime Patrol and Surveillance in place at night... More
Yes, we are aware of the various advisories. Sadly, the coastal areas and islands around Semporna have seen incidents of cross-border criminal acts. Currently, there is a Maritime Patrol and Surveillance in place at night for the areas. This relates only to the islands and coast and 5 nautical miles off them as well as sea lanes. This has resulted to better security and hugely boosted confidence. There is no curfew inland and in towns.
On our side, both at Sepilok and lodge, we have had no problems at all. There has also been no incident in Sandakan.
Below is a general note about our place/s:
The recent incident did not happen in Sandakan or anywhere near our place in the Kinabatangan. It occurred in an island (Mabul) off Semporna.
Sabah is a big state.
Semporna is 6 hours by land from Sandakan.
The Kinabatangan is also far from the sea/coast of Lahad Datu or Semporna. It would take 5 hours by boat and road to get from our lodge to Semporna. It would take us 3 hours' non-stop at full speed boat ride to reach the sea.
At all times, our lodge and the rest of the Kinabatangan were free of any incidents. There was no trouble at all. The Kinabatangan remains peaceful.
Visitors who visited the Kinabatangan have also not encountered any incident during their travel and stay.
In addition to the above, please also allow me to explain the steps taken in our area.
Many notable operators in the Kinabatangan came together several years ago to form the KINABATANGAN-CORRIDOR OF LIFE TOURISM OPERATORS ASSOCIATION (KiTA)
We are a member of KiTA.
While the Kinabatangan has been very peaceful, attention to safety and security of tourists has always been an important part of KiTA's agenda.
KiTA is a highly organised grouping of operators. It looks into various aspects including the safety and security of tourists and are constantly in close contact with the Police and other security establishments to ensure a safe Kinabatangan.
Additionally, KiTA also maintains an extensive network involving the various village leaders and villagers to keep safety and security in the area.
When you visit the Kinabatangan, you will be in an area where operators, security departments and local inhabitants are cohesive in efforts to make your stay safe and secure.
I hope the above explanation has helped to address concerns about your visit.