For the more adventurous, our Sungai Purut Camping program takes you a step deeper into the interior of Danum Valley by combining time at the field center with a trek to one of the satellite outposts – Sungai Purut camp. Aside from the standard nature and wildlife observation surrounding the center, you will also get to experience sleeping deep in the Borneo rainforest. The trek to Sungai Purut on your second and third days is challenging but rewarding, as you hike through pristine jungle on the way to the camp, and finish off with a refreshing dip in the waterfall. This is an expedition-style adventure, you will be sleeping in basic stretcher hammocks at Sungai Purut camp, and your choice of accommodation at the center on your first and last nights.
At the center - Resthouse (fan) and chalet rooms (a/c) with private bathroom, and dorms with shared bathroom & shower. Standard and deluxe rooms adjoining eating lounge, dorms 15 minutes walk from eating lounge. Note that the electricity at DVFC only runs until midnight so regardless of what rooms you book, there will be no fan or a/c past midnight but temperature is pleasant in the evening.
At Sg Purut camp – stretcher hammock beds with shared bathroom and shower.
• 2 nights Resthouse + 1 night Camping
• 2 nights Chalet + 1 night Camping
• 2 nights Dorm + 1 night Camping
Buffet style; simple and basic meals. Vegetarians and special diets catered for.
Eating lounge (set time for meals, no additional order), electricity via generator 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM.
When you book a DVFC trip with us, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Sticky Rice Travel nature guide who will accompany you on your nature observation, hikes and night walks at the Field Center. Your guide will also assist with organizing additional excluded 4x4 activities such as night safari and sunrise observation during your time there.
Our guide to guest ratio is 1:8 so you will be with other guests who are booked on the same departure.
We can also accommodate private guide or specialist guide eg. Birding guide requests.
Depart from Lahad Datu Airport at 8:30 AM. Register at welcome center upon arrival and check-in after briefing by DVFC 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 center before sundown and enjoy dinner at 7:00 PM. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense).
For the Danum Cycling Add-on: Cycle In option - Depart from Bike & Tours Bed & Breakfast at 8:30 AM, drive to Mount Silam and climb Lahad Datu's Tower of Heaven for views of Darvel Bay while your bikes are being prepped. Cycling starts around 10:00 AM, ride for 30km to Taliwas, with snack and drink stops along the way. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch after a dip in the river around 1:00 PM, and then head to DVFC by vehicle to arrive around 3:00 PM.
After breakfast, prepare your pack and head out at 9am for the Sg Purut camp. The trek today is 8 kilometers through beautiful forests. This hike will take on average 4-6 hours, of which about 1 hour is uphill walking and half an hour before arriving at camp, you will cross a shallow stream to pick up the trail on the other side.
Upon arrival at the camp site, settle-in and enjoy lunch before going to explore the Purut waterfall with its 7-tiered pools. Relax and swim in the crystal clear water beneath the waterfall. Return to camp for dinner.
Today we will return to the center on the same trail. Depart from camp by 8am after breakfast, and explore the forest with your guide as you walk. Lunch upon arrival at the center. Take a dip at the Ulu Segama river before after lunch and take a siesta after your long morning hike. At mid-afternoon, take a short hike in the area in hope of spotting wildlife, and return to the center before sundown 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 4x4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense).
Wake up early for an early morning nature and wildlife observation trek with your guide at 6am to see the forest come to life. Return to eating lounge for breakfast, and spend the rest of your morning at leisure until check-out check out time at 11:30 AM. Arrive at Lahad Datu for onward travel at about 1:30 PM.
For the Danum Cycling Add-On: Cycle Out option - Wake up early, eat breakfast, check out, and be ready to ride at 6:00 AM. Cycle for 40km to Taliwas, with stops for snacks and drinks. Reach Taliwas around 11:30 AM, go for a swim in the river, and take a land transfer to Lahad Datu for lunch by 1:30 PM.
Accommodation, meals, coffee, tea & drinking water, entrance fees, return transfers from DVFC Lahad Datu office, Sticky Rice Travel Nature guide, ranger for Sg Purut hike, leech socks.
Travel to Lahad Datu, optional 4x4 activities such as night safari and sunrise trip at Bukit Atur (these can be shared up to 8pax for a total price of 160RM per 4x4), sodas and alcoholic beverages, tipping and gratuities to guide.
Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binocular, dry bag, swimwear, walking shoes, money (no ATM), comfortable trekking pack, water bottle, toiletries, basic first aid kit.
Upon request based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. If you are a solo traveler, no worries, just let us know and we can assist in avoiding single supplement surcharge.