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In the heart of the valley on the banks of the Danum River and facing a swathe of pristine forest, Borneo Rainforest Lodge has one of the finest vistas you could wish for.

The lodge accommodates up to 60 guests in 28 twin-bedded rooms in 23 chalets, each room having an en suite bathroom and balcony. The comfortable chalets are built on stilts and connected by raised boardwalks. Surrounded by trails, the lodge has a spectacular 300 metre long canopy walkway, with viewing platforms up to 26 metres high – a fantastic way to view wildlife from a different angle!

Wildlife abounds in the surrounding pristine 43,800-hectare conservation area – more than 340 bird species have been recorded here, along with 124 species of mammals, 72 species of reptiles, 56 species of amphibians, and there is a staggering biodiversity of 200 plant species per hectare!  Much of the fauna is nocturnal, however, and is most likely to be seen during a night safari or jungle trek. Individual wild orangutans frequently nest in the vicinity of the lodge.

The emphasis here is on creating a deeper understanding of the primeval Borneo rainforest and today’s conservation realities, by allowing guests the personal freedom to explore the incredible diversity and complexity of the surrounding area.

The lodge is a two hour drive from the town of Lahad Datu, gateway to the Danum Valley. 

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Borneo Rainforest Photography Workshop

Join acclaimed photographers Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde to explore Borneo's fascinating habitats and photograph the incredible diversity that lives within them. The forests, rivers and caves of Sabah are home to a huge variety of wildlife that provides no end of photographic opportunities.

  • When to go: Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Sabah Wildlife Special

Travel to Borneo on a two-week trip that visits the best places to see Sabah’s wildlife. Enjoy boat trips to discover the extraordinary wildlife of Kinabatangan, including proboscis monkey, orangutan, Asian elephant and Sumatran rhino, and four nights at one of our favourite lodges in the Danum Valley.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Danum Valley

Danum Valley is arguably Borneo’s premier wildlife location and boasts all ten of Sabah’s primate species. Early morning is the best time to enjoy the canopy walkway through the surrounding lowland rainforest and view the stunning birdlife. It also offers maybe the best chance to see orangutan in the wild.

  • Where: Sabah State
  • Ideal for viewing: Asian elephant, Malayan sun bear, banteng, Sumatran rhino, orangutan
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Orangutan watching, Birdwatching