Morning transfer to 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 40 sqkm 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 (shared transportation from Lahad Datu to the lodge). A stop will be made en-route for lunch.
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 kilometres 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 Flowerpecker, 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, 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, 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.
For early risers, a pre-breakfast canopy walk is a fascinating opportunity to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the rainforest, its nocturnal residents making way for a myriad diurnal creatures, noisily asserting themselves as the sun rises.
After breakfast, served on the open air veranda, set out for a morning trek along the ‘Coffin Trail’ that leads to a 200 year old burial site created by the indigenous tribespeople. It's a 3km return trip, involving a 40 minute climb to a viewpoint that takes the breath away, with its spectacular outlook over horizon-spanning miles of pristine rainforest - a rare and precious sight these days, even in the tropics.
Return to the lodge for lunch and time to relax, soaking in the sounds of the rainforest.
After lunch, hike one of the lodge's numerous and excellent forest trails and enjoy many more wildlife spotting opportunities. There will also be the opportunity to take a dip in one of the forest’s natural pools or waterfalls. For a more boisterous alternative, enjoy an afternoon of 'tubing' down the Danum River.
Return to the lodge for dinner, after which it is possible to join a night drive or walk through the forest.
Overnight at Danum Valley.