Having Experienced A Real Piece Of Rural Sabah...
Flowing gently at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu is the Kedamaian River. Kedamaian means peaceful in Malay which aptly describes the Kedamaian River Lodge, which is located in a tranquil spot along the river. It is surrounded by beautiful lush green farms and forests with the majestic Mount Kinabalu as a backdrop. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind and embrace nature.
The Kedamaian River Lodge offers guests a sense of escape from their hectic city life. Accommodation is set up in a camp site with comfortable tents, allowing guests to really feel close to nature and to encourage a sense of community. The main Lodge is a replica of traditional houses with an ‘atap’ or thatch roof and ‘bakau’ or mangrove wood supports. This provides an authentic feel of being in rural Sabah.
If relaxing by a quiet meandering river is for you, then this is a great place to be. However, if you are looking for more adventure, then Kedamaian River Lodge provides all sorts of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Sign yourself up for some mountain biking, jungle trekking, cycling along country lanes, kayaking, ‘mandi sungai’ or bathing in the river. Further afield, the Lodge can arrange for you to go on a firefly tour, a trek to Sayap Waterfall or a visit to Mantanani Island. Spend a weekend here and you will get to enjoy the famous Kota Belud Sunday market, or Tamu and meet the colourful locals who come for many different ethnic groups.
At Kedamaian River Lodge itself, there is a small exhibition room which serves as a great introduction to the culture and history of the local ethnic groups with local artifacts and handicrafts. The Lodge is also a great place to shop for local handicrafts and food products.
The highlight of staying at Kedamaian River Lodge is the food. It is not easy to get authentic local cuisine in the restaurants in town. But here at the Lodge is a great opportunity to sample traditional food in a traditional setting. The Lodge’s restaurant is set up like a traditional tamu, with different stalls offering different cuisines from the Bajau, KadazanDusun and Chinese as well as Western options for those missing home. Not to be missed is the desert station with tradition treats served up fresh such as the Bajau penjaram, a deep fried pastry made from rice flour, coconut milk and palm sugar. There will also be a wide selection of fruits, and when in season, be sure to try the local fruits such as tarap, langsat, rambutan, papaya, mangosteen, cempedak and more.
Kedamaian River Lodge is a getaway back to nature and to the cultural roots of Sabah. Whether you spend a day, a week or more with us, you will leave refreshed, rejuvenated and having experienced a real piece of rural Sabah.