Our 3D2N and 4D3N DVFC Explorer programs give you the opportunity to discover this amazing area without sacrificing comfort – choose from staying in the dormitory, resthouse, or chalet rooms. The itinerary provided should be taken a guideline only, as much of your day-to-day program will be dictated by weather, wildlife sightings, and your fitness ability. Your days will consist of early morning nature and wildlife observations, short hikes surrounding the area, longer walks if your guide approves of your fitness ability, relaxing time by the river during the hot afternoons, night walks to find nocturnal creatures, and optional 4×4 activities such as night safaris and a morning sunrise tour. All in all, this program will give you a chance to experience the 130 million year old Borneo rainforest by discovering many different species of flora and fauna.
Resthouse (fan) and chalet rooms (a/c) with private bathroom, dorms and camping grounds with shared bathroom & shower. Standard and deluxe rooms adjoining eating lounge, dorms 15 minutes walk / camping ground 10 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.
Buffet style; simple and basic meals. Vegetarians and special diets catered for.
Eating lounge (set time for meals, no additional order), lab, conference room, shop (minimal supplies), 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 all your treks and night walks at the Field Center. Your guide will also assist with organizing additional excluded 4×4 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 4×4 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.
Wake up early for an early morning trek with your guide at 6:00 AM 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, and spend the rest of your morning at leisure until 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 7:30 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, Sticky Rice Travel Nature guide, leech socks.
Travel to Lahad Datu, optional 4×4 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 4×4), 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.
Daily 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.