Danum Valley Conservation Area is a paradise for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Borneo’s biodiversity is on full display inside the 438 square kilometer reserve, with well over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians living in the relatively untouched, mostly primary, lowland dipterocarp forest. It’s a little over two hours from Lahad Datu, and whether you post up at the Danum Valley Field Center with the researchers and scientists who have been extensively studying this ancient rainforest for decades. In 2016 the scientific community were astounded by the new discovery of 30 of the world’s tallest tropical trees found in Danum Valley, with the highest reaching 100.8m, a moderate walk from the field center. Alternatively, if you’re yearning for a luxury jungle experience then the Borneo Rainforest Lodge is the ideal option as you’re guaranteed to have an experience that you won’t forget. From the comfortable chalets, the attentive staff, to the experienced guides all aiding towards offering you the very best of what this secluded paradise has to offer.
Lose yourself in a pristine rainforest on an early morning canopy walk and look for orangutans, red-leaf langurs, gibbons, and hornbills flying overhead. Uncover a whole new layer to the jungle while out on a night hike, have a stare-off with a western tarsier, and search for the elusive clouded leopard. Catch one of the best sunrises in Borneo from the top of Bukit Atur, and sleep in a stretcher hammock by the base of a waterfall. There’s a reason why Danum Valley is one our guest’s top picks! You will not leave disappointed!