Early morning (0700) departure by boat to the mainland. Upon arrival you will be met by your private driver (no guide) from the Borneo Rainforest Lodge for your transfer to Danum Valley. En route stop to visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary in time for the morning feeding session.
Sepilok is known across the world for its exceptional work with our orange-furred friends. The reserve covers over 40sq km of lush, dense, protected rainforest, and exists for the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured orang-utans. Apart from feeding times when you are almost guaranteed a sighting of at least a few orang-utans, there is a multitude of flora and fauna in the grounds and surrounding forests.
Continue by road to Lahad Datu and on to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (the total journey time is approx 5 hours, with shared transportation from Lahad Datu to the lodge).
Set deep within the large rainforest conservation area of Danum Valley, the lodge provides surprisingly luxurious accommodation for such an isolated location. Danum’s 440 square miles protects one of Borneo's pristine rainforests, 130 million years old with a staggering 200 plant species per hectare. It is home to diverse wildlife including some very rare and endangered creatures, notably the orang-utan, Sumatran rhino, Bornean pygmy elephant, Spectacled Fowerpecker, and Sun bear. Expect to spot gibbons and Proboscis monkey, and the orang-utans in their natural habitat. The park has a busy tree nursery and works hard to repopulate the forest as well as protect the existing trees.
The lodge itself is wonderfully equipped for wildlife spotting, with a long canopy walkway leading through the surrounding forest, and seated viewing platforms on which to get comfortable and quietly observe the wildlife. The lodge also offers excellent jungle trekking, specialised bird watching and outstanding photographic opportunities as well as a variety of other activities including water tubing on the Danum River.
Following a brief orientation and a break for lunch, depart on a guided walk along the lodge’s nature trail (400m boardwalk circuit) and then head to the superb canopy walk! After dinner at the lodge, join a night drive or walk, spotting nocturnal animals such as civet cats, flying squirrels, tree frogs and samba deer, while the rainforest orchestra plays in the background.
Overnight at Danum Valley.