Vacations to Danum Valley, Borneo
Danum Valley is an area of protected rainforest in Borneo, preserved by the the Malaysian and state governments to stop the impact of palm oil plantations on the remaining 43,800 hectares of valley. This protected status means visitor numbers are limited, ensuring the conservation of the lush vegetation and wild species that make the rainforest one of the most complex ecosystems in the world.
To get to Danum Valley, you’ll bump along a road for over two hours from Lahad Datu, travelling deeper and deeper into the dense jungle that towers with 70-meter-high trees and shadowed by the imposing Mount Danum. An abundance of adventure and wildlife awaits you once you’ve completed the slightly bone-jarring journey.
You get the very best of what Borneo has to offer in Danum Valley. All the country’s headline wildlife is found here: pygmy elephants, wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, Malayan sun bears, red leaf monkeys, flying squirrels, macaques, sambar deer, bearded pig and gibbons. Then there are armies of frogs and kaleidoscopes of butterflies. Being in the Danum Valley plunges you into your very own wildlife documentary and you'll soon be channeling your inner David Attenborough.
River boat trips are a great way to explore this rainforest with overexerting yourself. To journey downstream, take a trip in a river tube, a rubber ring that gently floats you down the Danum River. Back on dry land, the canopy walkway elevates you high above the jungle floor, giving you an amazing viewpoint to search for the more elusive animals that populate Danum Valley.
A complex system of trails lead you around the conservation area and to intriguing sites like an ancient Kadazandusun burial site known as Coffin Cliff. As night falls, an even more exhilarating experience awaits on a night drive around the rainforest on the search for deer, wild cats and elephants with a haunting soundtrack provided by the jungle’s night creatures.
Intrepid jungle adventures
A concentration of Borneo’s best wildlife
Danum Valley trip ideas
Here are some trip ideas in Danum Valley. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777
Places to stay in Danum Valley
Here are some of our favorite accommodation options in Danum Valley. All of our hotels and lodges are hand-picked by our Travel Designers. Need help deciding where to stay during your trip? Call our Travel Designers now and they’ll help you pick the best hotels suited to your needs: 020 3510 5777
Map of Danum Valley
When to go to Danum Valley
The dry season from late March to early October is a great time to visit Danum Valley when there's little rainfall and a great chance of spotting the local wildlife.
In January, the winds can bring occasional stormy weather across Sabah, with high rainfall expected. If you fancy climbing Mount Kinabalu you should wait until later in the year when the paths will be drier.
February sees less rainfall, with the beaches enjoying the best weather.
The rain eases off throughout March with sunnier, drier days. It's a great time to visit forests and jungles without the crowds.
April is a great time of year to visit with warm, dry days and minimal rainfall.
May is another great month to visit, with ideal weather conditions for relaxing on the beaches or trekking in the jungle.
The great weather continues with hot and dry conditions.
July is typically one of the driest months with blue skies and sunshine, meaning hotels get booked up quickly so it's best to plan your trip well in advance.
Early booking is highly recommended in August as the favourable weather continues.
The dry season continues into September, although increased rainfall is expected towards the end of the month.
Rainfall increases but there are still plenty of dry days to enjoy.
Rainy season hits in November with a strong chance of thunderstorms and grey days. It's a great time to visit the lush jungles when the wildlife is thriving.
December is one of the wettest months with regular rainfall and thunderstorms, making trekking and wildlife spotting difficult.