Danum Valley "The Lost World" Tour (2D/1N)
The Danum Valley Conservation Area comprises 43,800 ha (108,186 acres) of virgin
forest. It is a vast reserve of lush tropical lowland forest rich in Sabah's unique
flora and fauna. The area has been recognised as one of the world's most complex
1986 the Sabah Foundation, entrusted with the conservation of the Danum Valley
established the Danum Valley Field Centre, a tropical rainforest research and
environmental education station. Accommodation at this centre is only reserved
for researchers and scientist on assignment. If you wish to visit the centre you
need to obtain permission from the Sabah Foundation at their Lahad Datu office.
But Danum Valley's wonders are accessible to the public. Located another 35
km from the Danum Valley Field Centre is the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, established
in 1994 to cater specially for visitors to Danum Valley and offering luxurious
accommodation and exciting excursions in the equally luxurious and exciting environment
of Danum Valley. Built with local timber and river stones, the chalets, or "sulap,"
are designed after the traditional Sabah Kadazandusun dwellings.
The journey to Danum Valley is by air and land. You most probably will have
to take a flight from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu in the morning, and then travel
another 2½ hours overland before you reach the prestigious Borneo Rainforest
Things to do there include guided nature walks, the visit of an ancient burial
site of the Kadazandusun who frequented the area a long time ago, an interesting
tree top canopy walk (really a suspension bridge in the canopy of trees), unlimited
bird watching, beautiful waterfalls and rivers for swimming. The rangers at the
Danum Valley are professionals with long experience and excellent knowledge of
this astonishing world, and walks with them will make your visit in Sabah truly
unforgettable. There are also video and slide presentations by the naturalist,
further explaining flora & fauna, and the mission behind the Danum Valley
Animals that can be spotted include 275 species of birds (all eight species
of hornbills native to Borneo can be found) and 110 species of mammals, including
Asian Elephants, Orang Utan, five species of deer and a full house of Borneo rarities
ranging from the Sumatran rhinoceros to Bulwar's peasant. However, please note
that this place is not the African savannah, nor the jungles of Nepal. The attractions
of the of the Borneo rainforest are more subtle, and much harder to spot. Take
along time, and patience.
transportation to BRL is commonly through Lahad Datu. If you purchase a tour itnerary
from a tour company, they will pick you up either at the airport, or at your hotel.
If you do not stay over at Lahad Datu, the suggested flight is MH2084, leaving
Kota Kinabalu at 0655 hrs and arriving in Lahad Datu by 0750 hrs. Scheduled transfer
to BRL is 0930 hrs in the morning, and the journey takes about 2½ hours.
Depending on your level of admiration for tropical rainforests, a 3-day / 2-night
stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge is quite common. Scheduled transfer out of
BRL is at 1330 hrs and if your onward journey takes you back to Kota Kinabalu
the suggested flight is MH2097, leaving Lahad Datu at 1735 hrs and arriving in
KK at 1830 hrs.
Proper gear is important when visiting Danum Valley. Make sure you bring the
following: insect repellent, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, a raincoat
and a sunhat, swimming gear, trekking boots or trainers, your flash light, binoculars,
camera and video and a water bottle.
- Meet at hotel lobby and transfer to airport for flight to the East Coast town
of Lahad Datu.
- Meet on arrival and proceed to the office for registration and briefing.
- Depart two and half hour drive on gravel road to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
- After lunch, proceed for a guided trek to the "Coffin Cliff" for
a bird's eye view of Borneo Rainforest Lodge and on the return journey, a stop
at the "Jacuzzi Pool", an opportunity to take a dip into the pool.
- After dinner, a briefing and slide presentation before proceeding for the
"Night Drive" to search for nocturnal animals.
(Lunch & Dinner)
- Early morning, proceed for a guided jungle walk to the "Canopy Walkway"
to experience the early morning ambience with the sounds of birds and jungle sounds.
- Trek along the "Nature Trail" to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge for
- Water tubing for an hour at the Danum River.
- Lunch and transfer to Lahad Datu Airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu.
- Meet on arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport and transfer to Hotel.
- End of Tour.
(Breakfast and Lunch)
Things You Should Bring
Suitable walking shoes / long sleeves shirts / change of clothes / drinking water
canteen / plasters / insect repellent / mosquito oil / binoculars / camera / water
proof bag for camera / torchlight / raincoat / other personal items.