danum valley conservation area

3 days adventure

Danum Valley Conservation Area

An enchanting stay in an untouched nature reserve

Recognised as one of the world’s most complex ecosystems, the Danum Valley Conservation Area is nothing short of a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Covering 43,800ha of protected land, this pristine, ancient tropical rainforest in the eastern part of Sabah serves as a sanctuary for an impressive number and variety of flora and fauna, including endangered wildlife species such as banteng (a species of wild cattle), Asian elephant, clouded leopard, orangutan and proboscis monkey, to name just a few. Danum Valley is doubly unique in the sense that there were no human settlements within the area before it became a conservation zone, making this truly unspoilt.

“Enjoy Danum Valley’s unparalleled rich biodiversity of tropical animal and plant life”

DAY ONE

The flight from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu takes 55 minutes, while the journey on gravel road to Danum Valley is 2½ hours long. After checking into the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, you will lunch at the restaurant followed by a slide presentation at the conference room. The afternoon trek will be your first introduction to the jungle through trails and high up on a tree-top canopy walkway 26m from the ground for a sweeping view of the spectacular rainforest. Then it’s back to the lodge for dinner, and if weather permitting, you will be taken on a night drive in an open-top vehicle to search for nocturnal creatures.

DAY TWO

Wake up to the call of gibbons and the chirp of birds just outside your window. After a hearty breakfast, you will be taken on a trek through the jungle to an ancient Kadazandusun burial site, Coffin Cliff. Here, you will learn about the ancient rites of Sabah’s largest indigenous people. Have a look from a vantage point and take a short break at the natural pool before heading back to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to spend – you could go for another walk in the jungle or opt for a splash of fun tubing down the Danum River. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to go in search once more of nocturnal animals before turning in for the night.

DAY THREE

On your final day in this natural wonderland, you get the morning to explore your surroundings at your leisure or just sit at your balcony to take in the lushness of the jungle. After lunch, it’s time to say goodbye to Danum Valley and depart for Lahad Datu Airport for the flight back to Kota Kinabalu. 

ACCOMMODATION

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

This award-winning eco-friendly boutique jungle resort is tucked deep within the conservation area. Sporting both river-fronting and jungle chalets, the resort’s rooms are tastefully furnished and have ensuite bathrooms and spacious viewing decks – some even come with outdoor tubs. WIFI connection is available in the main areas, and the restaurant serves buffet-style meals at set times, and snacks throughout the day.                                              

What’s included?

  • Return transfer from the resort to the airport
  • Entrance fee
  • Tour guide
  • Meals
  • Accommodation

What’s not included?

  • Return airfare from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu
  • Camera/video fee
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • Raincoat, insect repellent, torch light

4 days adventure

Danum Valley Conservation Area

An enchanting stay in an untouched nature reserve 

Recognised as one of the world’s most complex ecosystems, the Danum Valley Conservation Area is nothing short of a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Covering 43,800ha of protected land, this pristine, ancient tropical rainforest in the eastern part of Sabah serves as a sanctuary for an impressive number and variety of flora and fauna, including endangered wildlife species such as banteng (a species of wild cattle), Asian elephant, clouded leopard, orangutan and proboscis monkey, to name just a few. Danum Valley is doubly unique in the sense that there were no human settlements within the area before it became a conservation zone, making this truly unspoilt.

“Enjoy Danum Valley’s unparalleled rich biodiversity of tropical animal and plant life”

DAY ONE

The flight from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu takes 55 minutes, while the journey on gravel road to Danum Valley is 2½ hours long. After checking into the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, you will lunch at the restaurant followed by a slide presentation at the conference room. The afternoon trek will be your first introduction to the jungle through trails and high up on a tree-top canopy walkway 26m from the ground for a sweeping view of the spectacular rainforest. Then it’s back to the lodge for dinner, and if weather permitting, you will be taken on a night drive in an open-top vehicle to search for nocturnal creatures.

DAY TWO

Wake up to the call of gibbons and the chirp of birds just outside your window. After a hearty breakfast, you will be taken on a trek through the jungle to an ancient Kadazandusun burial site, Coffin Cliff. Here, you will learn about the ancient rites of Sabah’s largest indigenous people. Have a look from a vantage point and take a short break at the natural pool before heading back to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to spend – you could go for another walk in the jungle, or opt for a splash of fun tubing down the Danum River. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to go in search once more of nocturnal animals before turning in for the night.

DAY THREE

This morning’s agenda is a trek to the Fairy Falls and Serpent Falls to bask in the mesmerising sound, smell and ambience of a tropical lowland forest. Be captivated by the ancient trees that tower above you, providing shelter and shade for innumerable birds and creatures below. Lunch will be back at the lodge, and the afternoon is yours to while away as you will – perhaps another trek into the forest or a dip in the refreshing waters of the river. After dinner, you have the option of a night drive or walk to look for nocturnal animals.

DAY FOUR

On your final day in this natural wonderland, you get the morning to explore your surroundings at your leisure or just relax at your balcony to take in the lushness of the jungle. After lunch, it’s time to say goodbye to Danum Valley and depart for Lahad Datu Airport for the flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

This award-winning eco-friendly boutique jungle resort is tucked deep within the conservation area. Sporting both river-fronting and jungle chalets, the resort’s rooms are tastefully furnished and have ensuite bathrooms and spacious viewing decks – some even come with outdoor tubs. WIFI connection is available in the main areas, and the restaurant serves buffet-style meals at set times, and snacks throughout the day.

What’s included?

  • Return transfer from the resort to the airport
  • Entrance fee
  • Tour guide
  • Meals
  • Accommodation

What’s not included?

  • Return airfare from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu
  • Camera/video fee
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • Raincoat, insect repellent, torch light