Danum Valley

The Danum Valley Conservation Area, 83km south-west of Lahad Datu, is blessed with a startling diversity of tropical flora and fauna. This vast Eden-like basin is home to the rare Sumatran Rhinoceros, orang utans, gibbons, mousedeer and the beautiful clouded leopard. Some 270 species of birds have been recorded in the area. The Danum Field Research Centre is located within the confines of the 440 sq km forest reserve.

It also boasts one of the first eco-resorts in Sabah, known as the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. This comfortable resort has a restaurant, bar and comfortable chalets overlooking the Danum River. Jungle treks, river swimming, bird watching, night jungle tours and excursions to nearby logging sites and timber mills are some of the activities offered here.

Key Tips
Be sure to bring a jumper. Yes, you’re in the tropics, but the jungle can get surprisingly cool at night, partly because the sunlight rarely reaches the jungle floor through the canopy.

How to get there
By Road
The journey from Lahad Datu takes two hours, with the first 15km being the main Lahad Datu-Tawau road. The rest of the ride is on an unsealed but well-maintained private logging road.

Accommodation Overview
There is one very nice lodge, one basic but comfortable ‘Field Centre’, as well as dorms and camp grounds to choose from.


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