The Danum Valley Field Centre was set up in 1986 to support scientists studying the rainforest. It is equipped with laboratories, a conference room, researcher living quarters, dormitories, camp grounds, and a cafeteria. It is first and foremost a research centre for the Danum Valley Conservation Area and was not originally designed with tourists in mind. However, the centre does open its doors to visitors. It offers travellers a budget option for visiting Danum Valley and experiencing its magnificent rainforest and wildlife. The Danum Valley Field Center is recommended for adventurous travellers who don’t mind basic but comfortable accommodation.
Day 1 Lahad Datu – Danum Valley Field Centre (L/D)
Depart from Lahad Datu Airport at 0830 hours. Register at the welcome center upon arrival and check-in after a briefing by Danum Valley Field Centre staff. Meet your guide, settle-in and enjoy lunch. After lunch, chat with your guide to plan your days at DVFC. Relax or take an afternoon siesta before going on a mid-afternoon walk in the area as an introduction to the Borneo rainforest. The area surrounding the center teems with wildlife and it is not unusual for you to spot resident orang utan, hornbills, etc. Return to the centre before sundown and enjoy dinner at 1900 hours. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4×4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense). Overnight in Chalet room at DVFC.
Day 2 Danum Valley Field Centre (B/L/D)
Wake up early for an early morning trek with your guide at 0600 hours to see the forest come to life. Alternatively, you can also pre-arrange a 4×4 drive to Bukit Atur for a breathtaking sunrise experience atop a canopy of trees. Please tell your guide in advance that you are interested in this and he can assist with booking accordingly (additional activity at your own expense). Return to center for breakfast and embark on a trail in the area if you wish.
Spend late morning resting before having lunch. After lunch, take a dip at the Ulu Segama river before heading off for another trek – there are various types of trails and your guide can discuss this with you. Return to the center in late afternoon, in time to watch the sky changes colour as the sun sets. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4×4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense). Overnight in Chalet room at DVFC.
Day 3 Danum Valley Field Centre – Lahad Datu (B)
Wake up early for more wildlife sighting possibilities. Return to eating lounge for breakfast. Spend the rest of your morning at leisure until check out time at 1130 hours. Arrive at Lahad Datu around 1330 hours.
English speaking guide, tours & transfers, entrance fees, meals as indicated and 2 nights stay in DVFC chalet room.
Additional cost for Unscheduled tours & transfers, optional tours (e.g. 4WD night safaris), misc personal expenses, items not in the itinerary, airfare-Kota Kinabalu-Lahad Datu-Kota Kinabalu. Flight details at MASWINGS (www.maswings.com.my).
2 adults per order
The Danum Valley Field Centre is suitable for travellers who are content with basic, clean and comfortable facilities. This tour includes the Chalet Room (twin bed, air-con, attached bathroom). If Chalet's are full, accommodation will be in a Resthouse room (twin, fan, attached bathroom).
If you require more comfort and luxury you can opt for Borneo Adventure's Danum Valley tours with accommodation at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) – Lahad Datu (LDU) on MASWings MH3010 (Dep 0610, Arr 0705). Lahad Datu (LDU) – Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on MASWings MH3023 (Dep 1730, Arr 1825).
The itinerary provided should be taken a guideline only. Your day-to-day programme will be dictated by weather, wildlife sightings and your fitness ability.
These tours operate on the principle that you may be in a small group of other people.Back to top
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