way to get to Danum from Kuala Lumpur is to take one of the daily
flights directly into Tawau with Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia.
From there you have to go to Lahad Datu by bus or taxi, some 120 kilometres
(72 miles) from the airport.
From Lahad Datu, head out towards Gunung Silam and follow signs to
All visitors must get their entry permit from
the sales office in Lahad Datu. If you drive your own vehicle, you must also
first obtain a gate pass from the Lahad Datu office. The pass must be
produced at the checkpoint at 5.5 km on the Main Line West Logging road.
Follow this road to major junction at km 56.5 where there is a sign-posted
left turn to the Field Centre 10 km onwards.
Danum Valley is essentially a conservation area it is
also a wonderful retreat for nature lovers and
naturalists. Among the many nature activities are:
It takes one to two hours along a scenic trail alive with flora and fauna to reach the waterfalls.
Sungai Purut 7-tiered pools
One of the most
spectacular waterfall and pools found in Danum Valley
Conservation Area is Sungai Purut Waterfall situated on
the way to Gunung Danum. This waterfall is about 20 m in
height with 7-tiered pools. It takes about 4 hours of
jungle trekking from the Field Centre to reach the pool.
This is where the local
natives, the Idahans, have been harvesting birds' nests,
a Chinese delicacy, for 21 generations.
Danum or Mt. Danum
is the highest peak in Danum Valley Conservation Area at
Burial caves have a
special place in the myths and legends of the Orang
Sungai in Borneo.
Other interesting places
are the nearby Rafflesia Hill where Rafflesias are
found, Rhino Pool where the elusive Sumatran rhinoceros
was once sighted, and Gunung Nicola, another peak within
There are over 50km of
marked trails for visitors, including a self guided
Take note: for the safely
of all visitors, you are request to trek or jungle walk
accompanied by a guide.
Sumatran rhino, Asian elephant,
Orang utan, Western tarsier, Flying lemur, Leopard cat, Yellow barking deer,
Mouse deer, Sambar deer, Bearded pig, Malay civet, Long-tailed macaque, Slow
loris, Clouded leopard, Giant flying squirrel, Malayan sun
bear, Smooth otter, Proboscis monkey.
Rhinoceros hornbill, Bay owl, Bill
fletcher, Crested fireback pheasant, Great argus pheasant, Black-backed
kingfisher, Lesser green leafbird, Bornean flycatcher, Crimson sunbird, Asian
fairy bluebird, Buffy-fish owl, Helmeted & wreathed hornbill Bushy-crested & pied