Start your journey with a visit to Sepilok – view a feeding at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, visit the Sun Bear Conservation Center, and stroll the canopy walk at the Rainforest Discovery Center. Stay at Borneo Nature Lodge, an eco-friendly accommodation nestled along the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Spend your days cruising down the river in search of wildlife, explore the inner chambers of Gomantong Cave. Bird enthusiasts can post up at the lodge’s three-story viewing tower, which doubles as a vantage point and solar energy tower – on ground level, there are mechanical bicycle pedals where visitors can cycle to charge up the lodge’s battery banks, as the lodge runs on stored solar power at night.
At Danum Valley Field Center, your days will consist of early morning nature and wildlife observations, short hikes surrounding the field center, longer walks for those with a high fitness level, and siesta time by the river during the hot afternoon. Go on night walks to find nocturnal creatures, add additional 4×4 activities such as the night safari and morning sunrise tour. You will get a chance to experience the ancient, 130 million year old Borneo rainforest by discovering a plethora of biodiversity.
• Sepilok Nature Resort
Air-conditioned double/twin bed chalets with en-suite bathrooms with hot shower
• Borneo Nature Lodge
Room with private bathroom
• Danum Valley Field Center
*information available upon request
*information available upon request
information available upon request
Meet your guide on arrival at Sandakan airport and transfer to your hotel in Sepilok. In the afternoon head out to Sepilok and explore the Sun Bear Centre, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, and the Rainforest Discovery Centre with your guide. Spend the late afternoon on the canopy walk of the RDC and search for wildlife with your guide. Dinner at lodge.
Pick up at Sepilok Nature Resort at 11am, and drive for about 2.5hrs through rustic countryside studded with villages. Take a short boat transfer to Borneo Nature Lodge and proceed with check-in. After lunch, relax by the river before embarking by boat up Kinabatangan river in search of wildlife. Return to lodge for dinner followed by optional additional night walk or cruise (at own expense).
Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals. At 6am go on a morning cruise up to The Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake. Take a short jungle walk before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Spend some time exploring the lodge, surrounding areas or the nearby village. The afternoon is followed by another cruise. After dinner, relax or go for optional additional night walk or cruise (at own expense).
Depart early morning and visit Gomantong Cave after breakfast, famed for its edible birds’ nests. Take about 15 minutes boardwalk to the opening of Simud Hitam cavern and explore the cave system on boardwalk. Continue to Lahad Datu (2 hours) and eat lunch at local restaurant in the town. After lunch depart for DVFC by 4×4.
Register at welcome center upon arrival and check-in after briefing by the field centre staff. After check in, go for an afternoon wildlife walk with your guide, and familiarize yourself with the field centre. Head out for an optional 4×4 night drive after dinner or a guided night walk.
Wake up early for an early morning trek with your guide at 6am 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 advanced 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).
Spend another full day with your guide exploring the forest in the early morning for another chance to spot wildlife such as gibbons and orang utans. Wander along the trails returning to the lodge and spot birds and other creatures. Spend the rest of the day around the center or embark on a longer trail if you wish – our guide will have to determine your fitness level before taking you on a long hike. 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).
Wake up early for an early morning trek. Return to eating lounge for breakfast, check-out and be on your way to Lahad Datu transfer at 11:30 AM. Expect to arrive Lahad Datu by 1:30 PM.
All accommodations, meals, activities and guide as specified in programme. Overland and boat transfers from Sandakan Airport – Sepilok – Sukau jetty – Lahad Datu – Danum Valley – Lahad Dat. DVFC entrance fees, Sepilok Entrances Fees, Gomantong entrance fees. Coffee, tea and drinking water.
Spending money, tips, gratuities, camera fee at Gomantong Cave, DVFC optional activities
Sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat, toiletries, cash (no ATM), hat, trekking shoes, leech sock, headlamp, swimwear, sunglasses, binocular, drybag
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure.
Be aware that you will be in a reserve area and a sensitive environment. Consider your actions:
• Cut out plastic – remove and recycle plastic packaging before coming into the area
• Bring rechargeable batteries as disposable batteries leach toxic chemicals as they degrade in landfill, and recycling facilities are scarce in areas like the Malaysian Borneo
• Bring your own metal water bottle – you can fill up at the eating area instead of purchasing bottled water
• If you smoke, never throw your cigarette butts on the ground or in the forest – dispose of them in ashtrays or bins.
• During outdoor and nature activities, take your cues from the expert local guides. Follow their instructions when observing wildlife. Be aware that you may need to take extra care in these areas to respect the natural environment.