A lodge in the wild
The combination of illuminated fireflies fluttering in the trees and starry night overhead is the stuff honeymoons are made of – but if it’s a romantic break you’re after, be sure to ask for an air-conditioned room at the lodge and hot, running water, for this place serves more as a suitable base for orangutan enthusiasts and ecology trips than anything else.
Run by conservationists who care deeply about the local area, the Rimba employs local villagers, offering them alternatives to working in the plantations. Nearly all of the tour guides are former illegal loggers, who gladly accepted the rare opportunity of employment in the vicinity, allowing them to earn a decent salary while caring for the environment instead of destroying it.
The lodge, which sees tourists of all types throughout the year from the serious eco-traveller to the honeymooning couple, is set on a jetty off the Sekonyer River and is surrounded by nothing other than water and rainforest.
Wooden walkways separate the rooms from recreational areas, and although it’s no-frills, it works perfectly for its surroundings. It has been constructed in such a way that it doesn’t infringe upon nature, and lying in your room at night, aside