The Danum Valley Conservation Area covers 43,800 hectares of undisturbed tropical rainforest in eastern Sabah. With its pristine forest and rich biodiversity Danum attracts naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers from around the world. It is one of Sabah’s most famous protected areas and a favoured location for wildlife filmmakers, including the legendary David Attenborough who has filmed here.
Danum is home to an astonishing variety of plants and wildlife; including more than 340 species of birds, 124 species of mammals, 72 species of reptiles and 56 species of amphibians. Rare and endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino, banteng (a species of wild cattle), Borneo Pygmy elephant, clouded leopard, orang-utan and proboscis monkey are found at Danum Valley. The flora is a rich as the fauna with over 200 species of plants found per hectare. In 2016 researchers discovered the tallest tropical tree in the world when they found a rainforest giant measuring 94.1 metres.
A wide range of activities is available at Danum. Forest trails, a canopy walk, observation towers and night safaris allow visitors to experience the rainforest and provide good opportunities for wildlife watching. There are some great jungle treks ranging from shorter walks to full day hikes. The local guides stationed at Danum are good at spotting wildlife and very knowledgeable about the rainforest.
Danum Valley is located approximately 80 km from Lahad Datu and is accessed via an unsealed gravel road. Travel time from Lahad Datu is around 2 hours. There are regular flights from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur to Lahad Datu.
Borneo Adventure offers a range of 3 and 4-day Danum Valley tour packages to suit your needs and budget, with a choice of accommodation options.
The awarding-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers a luxury jungle lodge experience. Accommodation consists of 40 standard, deluxe and premium chalets plus a limited number of villas. All rooms are fan cooled rather than air-conditioned. The lodge can cater for around 90 guests. Rooms are usually booked up early for the peak season months of July and August.
The Danum Valley Field Centre offers a range of affordable accommodation including resthouses (fan), chalets (air-con), dormitory and camping grounds.
The Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge is located at a different location near the buffer zone of the conservation area. It offers another affordable option with standard (fan) and deluxe (air con) chalet-style rooms.