The chance to explore the pristine primary rainforest of the Danum Valley, sanctuary to Borneo’s rarest and most exotic wildlife, remains the main draw of this enchanting island.
Sprawling for 438 square kilometres and displaying an incredible level of biodiversity, the Danum Valley Conservation Area in Sabah is nothing short of a nature lover’s paradise. Flying squirrels, king cobras, proboscis monkeys, Bornean pygmy elephants, Malaysian sun bears, orangutans and wild cats all find a home amidst this vast, protected swathe of virgin rainforest. Not to mention over 15,000 species of plant, countless insects and a rich birdlife ranging from the little bronze cuckoo to the tiny blue-breasted quail.
Here, knowledgeable guides will lead you along winding jungle paths and introduce you to the fascinating flora and fauna of the deep rainforest. You’ll also trek to hidden waterfalls, experience life in the treetops from soaring canopy walkways – a great vantage point for birdwatching – and embark on exciting night drives in the hopes of meeting some of the jungle’s more elusive nocturnal creatures such as the endangered clouded leopard.
When not searching for wildlife, you can bathe in crystal-clear rock pools (the perfect refresher after a jungle trek) and journey with your expert guide to ancient cliff-face burial sites imbued with the spiritual beliefs of the local tribespeople.
A two hours’ drive from the nearest airport at Lahad Datu, the pristine, isolated rainforest of the Danum Valley is must on any luxury, tailor-made holiday to Borneo.