Sunday, February 12, 2017

TheBudgetSavvyTravelers: How To See Danum Valley Rainforest – Borneo Nature Tours


With the opportunity to visit one of the premier, luxury eco-lodges in the world, Harry and I wanted to do something special to document our time spent at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge at Danum Valley.

We worked together to write daily journals and create cinematic videos to offer an insight at the travel experience of a lifetime.

Visiting Borneo Rainforest Lodge was a dream trip for us.

We hope that our story will inspire others to embrace their inner adventurer and to live their own story of exploration in the Borneo Rainforest.


Explorer Journal Day One

After two hours of bumpy, gravel roads we arrived to “camp.” It was a long journey, but being in this beautiful, secluded part of the world, it was worth it.

With luck on our side, our guide spotted an orangutan off into the distance right away. Hopefully, a good omen for future wildlife crossings to come.

Tonight, we ventured deep into the Rainforest for a night drive. To us, this is our favorite way to view nocturnal animals.

We spotted a flying squirrel taking flight, gliding from one tree to another. We whispered to each other, “Damn. That was a National Geographic moment!”

The Rainforest is dark. We laughed imagining that if we were contestants on Naked & Afraid, we’d never make it.

Upon our arrival today, I have to admit, I got a bit emotional. The kind staff here joked that it was simply from a long day of travel.

But I knew that wasn’t the case. This was a bucket list journey that we are so blessed to be on.


Explorer Journal Day Two

Didn’t sleep much last night. Maybe it was the anticipation, or maybe it was the unfamiliar sounds of the forest.

At 6:30 am, we set out to fulfill a goal – to walk high above the trees on the Borneo Rainforest Lodge canopy.

Ever since I first saw that iconic photo, it’s been a dream to walk those swaying bridges.

Once there, we took the time the view deserved, just taking the time to enjoy the moment.

Still on our excitement high, we spotted a large male orangutan on our walk back to the lodge.

Late morning, we trekked into the forest. Harry discovered first hand that all the warnings about leeches weren’t just for kicks.

I picked four off his legs within minutes. Changing out of our sweaty trekker pants, he quizzically wondered how one got under his pants to bloody up his upper thigh.

It’s all just part of an explorer’s adventure. Tonight, we braved the forest at night where we spotted frogs, snakes, tarantulas, centipedes, and even a bearded pig!

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