NATURE’S PARADISE

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Published on September 04, 2019 with No Comments

Away from human habitation and home to endangered wildlife species, Danum Valley Conservation Area is a gift from Mother Nature.

Words AMELIA NG

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THE LAST UNDISTURBED RAINFOREST
Sabah is the place for nature lovers to visit and there’s no better spot to indulge than at Danum Valley Conservation Area. One of the richest conservation areas in the world at 130 years old, Danum Valley boasts of over 200 species of trees per hectare and is home for endangered wildlife species such as the Sumatran rhino, banteng, Asian elephant, clouded leopard, orangutan and proboscis monkey.

Before, it was an informal protected area in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve of primary, undisturbed predominantly lowland rainforest. Today, Danum Valley has evolved into one of the foremost rainforest research establishments in Southeast Asia. It is managed by Yayasan Sabah for conservation, research, education and habitat restoration training purposes. All 438-square kilometres of its land remain undisturbed by human settlement, meaning that hunting,
logging and other human interference is non-existent, which is unique in itself.

A TRUE BORNEO ADVENTURE
Thankfully, it is open to tourists to explore and indulge in their fascination for nature. Step into this dense, tropical wonderland and you’ll get the ultimate Borneo experience of outdoor adventures. Hire an experienced nature guide
(there are many you can source online) and jungle trek this green beauty where over 340 species of birds, 12 species of mammals, 72 species of reptiles and 56 species of amphibians live relatively untouched. It will be an encounter unlike any, one that will allow you to further appreciate the natural beauty that is Danum Valley and Borneo.

While here, open up your horizon to even more adventures unique to this land. There’s the ancient Kadazandusun burial site you can visit complete with belian coffins and ceramic spirit jars. Or trek to Danum Valley’s many beautiful waterfalls and rivers such as the Sungai Purut seven-tiered pools where you can enjoy a cooling dip after a long trek.

Feeling more adventurous? Try tubing in the river! Birdwatchers will also thrill at the 170m long canopy walkway, which offers them a closer look into the birdlife in the forest canopy. To complete your Danum Valley experience, check out the night safari tour in an open jeep where you might just catch a glimpse of the more elusive wildlife.

TRAVEL INFO
HOW TO GET HERE
The nearest town to Danum Valley Conservation Area is Lahad Datu, which is accessible by land from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan or Tawau. Then it is an 81km drive from Lahad Datu town to Danum Valley that takes about two hours.

WHERE TO STAY
There are different types of accommodation available in Danum Valley from luxurious to budget. Check them out online.

PERFECT FOR
Adventure seekers, birdwatchers, wildlife photographers and basically anyone up for a unique thrill!

 

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kota Kinabalu 15x weekly and effective 28 October 2019, to Sandakan 3x weekly and to Tawau 6x weekly effective 11 November 2019 on RB Link services for easy connections to Lahad Datu. Discover things to do in Lahad Datu in www.muhibah.com.bn

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