Danum Valley & The Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Part of the accommodation, standard unit

The Danum Valley, a primary rainforest jungle, is 78KM away from the nearest town called Lahad Datu. The valley is far removed from human habitation. Renowned for its rich variety of both plants and wildlife, Borneo’s mammals include such extremely rare and endangered species as the Sumatran Rhino, Benteng Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Bornean Gibbon, and Leaf Monkey. The Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey are both found only in Borneo. Bird life is equally extensive and varied with over 275 individual species having been recorded, giving Danum Valley a reputation for being one of the best places for viewing Borneo’s wildlife.

The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a basic and rustic international-standard lodge built beside the Danum River. Unlike mass-market tourist destinations, the lodge accommodates a maximum of 60 people, ensuring each guest a unique and individual jungle experience. The fine facilities with basic comforts make it possible to explore the incredible diversity and complexity of the rainforest and offer a unique opportunity for guests to understand the primeval Borneo Rainforest in today’s conservation realities.

Lodge activities include jungle walks, bird watching with resident nature guides, canopy walkways high above the jungle floor that allow the viewing of the rainforest from the treetops and night safaris with sights and sounds emanating deep from within the rainforest.

3D/2N stay at the Lodge

After much introduction,  here is how we go there from Kota Kinabalu (state capital of Sabah, Malaysia). There were 11 of us in a group. All of us used car as means of transport to Danum Valley, except for 2 friends who flow from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu and catch a ride to the valley.  This is a better way to get to the lodge as for the rest of us,  we spent almost 10 hours on the road in order to get to the lodge.   6 and a half hours to drive from KK to Lahad Datu town. Then another 2-3 hours from Lahad Datu to the lodge.  To tell you the true, it worth the efforts.  It’s totally a different environment once you are at the lodge. It’s like a get away place to be.  You are surrounded by the nature forest, air is so different from that in the city.

We are a group of bird and wildlife photographers, being there made us so excited as we are going to see some rare spices of birds and wildlife. Our main target for this trip is to look for few species of pitta, like the Banded pitta, Giant pitta, blue headed pitta, black headed pitta and there rest….

Being in the forest, and in a valley,  there is always rain, at least once a day. So the area is wet and humid.  Good thing is the lodge provide a good accommodation and good food.  To share some of the pictures taken at the lodge.

The Reception cum Restaurant at the lodge.

Resting area at the restaurant

Interior of the standard unit

At the balcony, a relaxing place to be

Gathering area at the restaurant

Dinning area, overlooking the Danum river

Guest parking area.

Macro


Using Canon 5D Mk3, 800mm Lens, ISO640, f/10, 1/400 -1/3Ev

This was actually a birding trip to Mt. Alab, a place which we have missed for sometime since the last visit.  The weather was cloudy and drizzling.  Birds are no where to be found.  While waiting, we saw this insect hanging on the barbed-wire. It’s body is about 3 inches long.  (Haha, shooting macro using a big lens, still my first time)…

Then we saw this green spider. In fact, there were many such spiders around the brushes.

Using Canon 5D Mk2, 100-400mm Lens, ISO400, f/8,1/500

Then another type of insects.

Using Canon 5D Mk2, ISO400, f/11, 1/125s