Danum Valley Conservation Area is an area of 43,800 hectares of secondary and primary lowland rainforest. It is one of the oldest rainforests in the world being over 140 million years old, this pristine jungle is home to some of Borneo's rarest flora and fauna.
There are over 325 species of birds recorded in Danum Valley. Some of the highlights in this area are the Blue-Headed Pitta, Giant Pitta, Bornean Wren-Babbler, Bornean Bristlehead, Great Argus, Bornean Crested Fireback and the critically endangered Helmeted Hornbill.
BIRDing locations + trails
Danum Valley has three common areas for birding; the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Field Centre, and Kawag Rainforest Lodge. All 3 places have trails for birding, which can be rewarding, especially in the early mornings. Trails in Danum Valley require a guide, especially if one is new to the area.
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a well-known, luxurious 5-star resort surrounded by undisturbed primary lowland rainforest. The Danum Valley Field Centre provides basic accommodations, such as basic rooms and dormitories. The Kawag Rainforest Lodge in the secondary forest section of Danum Valley provides a chalet-style accommodation.
Danum Valley is approximately 81 kilometres from Lahad Datu town and is only reachable with 4WD vehicles.