No human settlements existed at all in this, now protected, 43,800-hectare conservation area in Borneo‘s north eastern region of Sabah. This primary lowland forest is a sparkling, undisturbed representative of Borneo‘s prolific and unique flora and fauna has been recognised worldwide for its outstanding biodiversity.
Home to only one lodge even now, Danum possesses one of the Planet’s most complex ecosystems and is a prime habitat for orang-utans, the rare Bornean pygmy elephant, sun bear, Sumatran rhino and clouded leopard. You may have a lesser chance of frequent spotting here than say Kinabatangan River but it is a more wild setting. Over 320 species of trees can be found in just one hectare of jungle and has a thriving bird population too.
Explore the Danum Valley with privately guided 4WD and walking expeditions (day & night) either from the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (the only one in the area) or from your hotel in Lahad Datu (two hours journey away).
When to go
The best months to visit are between March and October to avoid the rainy season.
What to do
- Guided walks