Sukau Rainforest Lodge

National Geographic Unique Lodge of The World

Built in 1995, The Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL) is perched on the bank of the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, one of Asia's most important waterways. SRL was the first lodge in the area designed based on ecotourism principles. The lodge provides a great wildlife experience to tourists while preserving the Kinabatangan flood-plain. SRL embraces conservation, community development and sustainable tourism as part of its green policies.

At 560km, Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, and second in Malaysia. The flood-plain of the Kinabatangan is one of the most exceptional areas in eastern Malaysia. The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is known to have among the highest concentration of wildlife in Borneo.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a network of world-class accommodations where sustainability is the touchstone and the guest experience is exceptionally rich and meaningful.

In order to join the Unique Lodges network, every lodge was thoroughly vetted for its commitment to sustainable tourism, authenticity and excellence in service. National Geographic sent their team of experts to each lodge to evaluate operations, meet staff at all levels, scrutinise the lodge’s impact on the local community and environment, and ensure that these criteria were met.


Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers a wide range of facilities and services on site to ensure our guests get the best of their stay with us.

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Memorable Experience

Experience the wildlife and rainforests of the Kinabatangan Wildlife sanctuary at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

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Sukau blends into the rain forest while remaining just removed enough to make for a memorable guest experience.


Time off is spent relaxing at Melapi Restaurant, jetty, Gomantong Hall's sundeck, or strolling along the 1500ft long Hornbill Boardwalk to see orangutans. Try the lodge's rejuvenating foot spa treatment in a peaceful rainforest ambience or feel free to enjoy a selection of books from our in-house library at our viewing decks in the rainforest.


Regular floods and the tidal influence of the Sulu Sea resulted have created five distinct habitats in the lower Kinabatangan River basin-, waterlogged and dry forest, saline and freshwater swamps, and limestone forests. It is possible to see 10 primate species usually the Proboscis Monkeys, the Orang Utan, and Borneon Gibbon.


With over 200 species found in the area, Sukau is a birdwatcher's paradise. All eight species of Borneon hornbill exist here and are often in fig trees along the river.Other exciting birds which are regularly seen include Storm's Stork, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Hooded Pitta, Buffy fish-Owl and many more.