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 ecosystems.
In 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 exclusively 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 Danum Valley, a primary rainforest jungle, is far removed from human habitation. Renowned for its rich variety of both plants and wildlife, Borneo’s mammals include such extremely rare and endangered species as the Sumatran Rhino, Benteng Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Bornean Gibbon, and Leaf Monkey.
The Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey are both found only in Borneo. Bird life is equally extensive and varied with over 275 individual species having been recorded, giving Danum Valley a reputation for being one of the best places for viewing Borneo’s wildlife.
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a basic and rustic international-standard lodge built beside the Danum River. Unlike mass-market tourist destinations, the lodge accommodates a maximum of 60 people, ensuring each guest a unique and individual jungle experience.
The fine facilities with basic comforts make it possible to explore the incredible diversity and complexity of the rainforest and offer a unique opportunity for guests to understand the primeval Borneo Rainforest in today’s conservation realities.
Lodge activities include jungle walks, bird watching with resident nature guides, canopy walkways high above the jungle floor that allow the viewing of the rainforest from the treetops and night safaris with sights and sounds emanating deep from within the rainforest.
Danum Valley and the Borneo Rainforest Lodge promises you a truly unforgettable and inspiring jungle rainforest experience.
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 Lodge.
The city of Kota Kinabalu, your gateway to Borneo, is easily accessible by Malaysia Airlines from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles (with easy add-on flights from all US cities).
The town of Lahad Datu, gateway to Danum Valley, is reached via a short 55-minute flight from Kota Kinabalu or overland from Tawau or Sandakan. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a 2-hour drive from Lahad Datu on a sometimes rough and bumpy road.
Transfers from Lahad Datu Airport to the resort – 0750
Transfers from the resort to Lahad Datu Airport – 1330 (130PM)
Other transfer times may be arranged at an additional cost.
ONLY authorized resort vehicles are permitted into Borneo Rainforest Lodge