Before exploring one of Borneo’s greatest treasures Danum Valley, here are some things you will need to know about the magnificent and ancient rainforest of Sabah:
Last untouched forests in Sabah
A little piece of paradise on earth, Danum Valley is a conservation area that stretches over 43,800 hectares of immaculate lowland rainforests that is home to a diverse number of wildlife, endemic birds and plants. There are 120 species of mammals, including 10 species of primates, and so far, there have been 300 species of birds recorded in the area.
Lahad Datu, nearest airport to Danum Valley
Upon arriving at the Lahad Datu Airport, you will need to travel another 2 and a half hours by road to the Danum Valley Conservation Area. The nearest town to Danum Valley would be Lahad Datu town, which is about 80km (2 hours drive).
Accommodations available in Danum Valley
There are only two accommodations to choose from at Danum Valley. One is the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a luxurious accommodation made up of individual chalets and another option would be the Danum Valley Field Centre, a simple dorm-style living space made for adventurers at heart.
Danum Valley has a list of rules that visitors should abide by. The rules are set up to ensure that the conservation area is well-kept and protected at all times as well as to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and also the flora and fauna there. This is also because the conservation area is a place of scientific research and education and so, it must be strictly conserved.
One of the the many activities you can do in Danum Valley is of course, wildlife watching. The conservation area is habitat to the rare pygmy elephants, Bornean sun bears, clouded leopard, orang utans, spectacled flowerpecker, sambar deer, sumatran rhino and many more.
Other activities to do in Danum Valley
Danum Valley is also an ideal place for birders to do bird-watching as they are about 300 species of birds that have been recorded there. You can also enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts as you take a nature walk on Danum Valley’s award-winning canopy walkways. You can also go on an exciting night walk together with your knowledgeable guide and experience the rainforest like never before.
Trekking alone in Danum Valley is not allowed. You will need to have a guide with you when you explore the rainforests within the conservation area. Bear in mind, this is for safety reasons.
No self-driving and day visits
You will need a permit to enter into Danum Valley so an unauthorized visit or drive into the conservation area is strictly prohibited. You can check out Danum Valley’s website for the full ‘Conditions of Entry into the Conservation Area’
Danum Valley has its share of being visited by the super famous, including Prince William and wife, Kate Middleton. The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge were in Danum Valley during the Royal Highnesses visit back in 2012 and showed interest and great support to the conservation cause and research done at Danum Valley.
You can check out Borneo Eco Tours’ Danum Valley tours on our website by clicking HERE.