Danum Valley Conservation Area is Sabah’s largest protected lowland forest and a splendid showcase of Borneo’s biodiversity. Nestled in the heart of Sabah, visitors to Danum Valley are rewarded with fantastic wildlife sightings, an award-winning canopy walkway and plenty of hiking trails to choose from, including to an ancient Kadazanusun burial site and view point.
Boasting over 43,000 hectares of undisturbed flora and fauna, the pristine rainforest of Danum Valley is home to a staggering array of wildlife, including hundreds of species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, and over 300 species of bird. The forest also has 23km of hiking trails including to the commonly visited ‘Coffin Cliff’, an ancient Kadazandusun burial site where you can still see the coffins of chiefs and warriors in the caves and cracks in the cliffs.
Treks along ancient trails offer sightings of gibbons and orangutans, whilst those who brave the 26-metre-high canopy walkway are rewarded with a close-up view of this mystical rainforest canopy teeming with wildlife. Guided night safaris will get you up close and personal with the nocturnal jungle species, including flying squirrels, slow loris and for the lucky few, clouded leopards. Undoubtedly, one of the main draws for Danum Valley is the birdlife, attracting bird spotters from every corner of the globe. Rainforest species abound, including enormous hornbills, the indigenous Bornean bristlehead and the spectacled flowerpecker, which has only been sighted in the valley.