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Danum Valley is home to a diverse number of wildlife such as Orangutans, endemic birds of Borneo and to some number of world’s tallest tropical trees.
Where is Danum Valley?
Located in Lahad Datu the eastern coast of Sabah, Danum Valley Conservation Area covers a 438 square km of an undisturbed lowland dipterocarp forest paradise for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts. At around Danum Valley Conservation Area, there are four lodging for visitors choice of stay.
What are the differences between the lodging in Danum Valley?
Danum Valley Field Center – Referred to as DVFC, is 2 hours drives from Lahad Datu town. Options of lodging here are the dormitory (with specific block for male and female), chalet and camping ground. Basic toilet amenities, chalet comes with ensuite bathroom and all meals are available from the main restaurant. Those staying at the dormitory can opt to cook for themselves as there’s a kitchen made available for the dormitory blocks.
Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge – Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge is about 1.5 hours drive from the Lahad Datu town. All the rooms accommodation here are twin bedded, with attached bathrooms and meals are served at the main restaurant. Activities offered to outdoor enthusiasts at Kawag Danum Rainforest includes jungle trekking, night drive safari, hike to the waterfall and the tower for potential wildlife sightings.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge – Famously known as BRL, it is about 2.5 hours drive from Lahad Datu town, the lodges here are an essense of jungle indulgence. From tastefully designed rooms to lavish food, the environmental-friendly boutique jungle lodge is for those willing to pay for a 5 star services deep in a rainforest. Some of the highlights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge are the Coffin Cliff trail, and its iconic canopy walkway.
INFAPRO Danum Valley – INFAPRO which is half an hour from Danum Valley Field Center is a tree nursery project base that is responsible for replanting areas of forest that have been logged in the past. Lodging in INFAPRO is used as alternative whenever Danum Valley Field Center accommodation is all booked up. The rooms are comfortable with air-conditioning, attached bathrooms, and heated shower. All main activities, nature trail walks are conducted in Danum Valley Field Center. An added advantage of staying in INFAPRO is that you get the opportunity for wildlife spotting during the morning, afternoon and evening drives back.
How do I get to Danum Valley?
Danum Valley is located in Lahad Datu, and flights can be taken from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Lahad Datu airport. Then it will take about 2.5 hours to get to Danum Valley from Lahad Datu on gravel road. Alternatively, options to drive either from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu is possible which will take about 8 hours, or from Tawau to Lahad Datu, which is 1.5 hours. Road condition is fairly good, with some road areas being maintained.
Is Danum Valley suitable for families?
Yes, Danum Valley is a great experience, especially for the young ones to learn about nature and conservation. Nature trail walk varies from easy walk to long walk are open for trekkers to make the choice.
What are the activities in Danum Valley?
As one of Borneo’s richest rainforests, a definite is exploring the trails around Danum Valley and this gives as much chance for wildlife and flora experiences.
Other activities available, include swimming at a waterfall, river, visit an ancient burial site, and opportunity to discover nocturnal wildlife during a night drive, and a great destination for bird-watcher.
Do I need to take anti-malaria tablets in Danum Valley?
Danum Valley is presently as a low-risk area for malaria. However, for precautions to apply mosquito repellent and wear suitable clothing to protect you from mosquito bites. Should you opt to take anti-malaria tablets, please seek to consult your doctor to understand the pros and cons, on taking the medication.
Are there leeches in Danum Valley?
Leeches are the well-known inhabitants of Danum Valley.. They are harmless and easy to remove by just flicking or pulling them off. To minimise leech bite, visitors are advised to wear leech socks and appropriate clothing.
What are the weather conditions in Danum Valley?
Being in the tropics, you can expect both hot and humid throughout the year. Though it rains occasionally, the temperatures at Danum Valley ranges between 28°C to 30°C. Always advisable to have a raincoat handy along for your trip.
What are the chances of wildlife sightings in Danum Valley?
Danum Valley is a vast area of primary rainforest that is home to a multitude of incredible flora and fauna. Visitors are able to experience from various species of birds, plants and wildlife when lady-luck does play a part.
Some of the wildlife sightings in Danum Valley are:
|Bornean pygmy elephant||Clouded Leopard||Sun Bear|
|Orangutan||Slow Loris||Western Tarsier|
|Leopard Cat||Civet||Flying Lemurs|
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