Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Borneo Rainforest Lodge and the Wildlife of Danum Valley

Borneo, and in particular the Sabah region of Malaysian Borneo, is rightly famed for the richness of its wildlife and the beauty of its landscape.

Whilst watching the proboscis monkeys swinging in the trees from the Kinabatangan River is a fantastic experience and snorkelling from the white sand beach of remote Lankayan Island is wonderful, there really is only one place for me when it comes to experiencing this incredible place in all its glory and that’s the Danum Valley.

Unlike large swathes of the world’s rainforests, when Danum became a conservation area there was no human habitation, and therefore no human interference in the area, leaving it as a pristine piece of virgin forest.

After flying in to the small town of Lahad Datu, some 80km away, the 4-wheel drive vehicle soon leaves the covered roads to head deep into the forest on rutted tracks, crossing cut-aways on what look like makeshift bridges, with groups of macaques idly watching on from the side of the road and majestic hornbills soaring through the tree tops.