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Singapore Getaways: Wildlife in Danum Valley

4 days / 3 nights
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In Singapore for business, the Grand Prix, a wedding, reunion, or another event? While in the Lion City, take advantage of this major airline hub and turn your trip into a vacation with these quick and easy add-on getaways.

Leave the bustling city of Singapore behind for the wilds of Malaysian Borneo, a 2.5 hour flight away. This quick and easy 4-day getaway to Danum Valley will thrill wildlife seekers with its plethora of plants and lowland fauna. Go on wildlife treks, observe wild orangutans and gibbons, walk above the jungle floor on the Canopy Bridge, have breakfast amongst the lush treetops, and learn about the indigenous tribes that dwelled within the mysterious valley. Be immersed in the jungles and green scenery, landscapes so different from Singapore, yet just a short flight away, making it an ideal pairing to any trip to the Lion City.

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  • Biodiversity: Danum Valley is home to 120 Mammals, 40 species of fish, over 300 species of bird and some 320 species of tree.
  • Primates: Observe wild gibbons, orangutans and other large primates in their natural habitat.
  • Conservation: Learn about conservation efforts from experts at the Danum Valley Field Center.


Day 1

Danum Valley

Leave the bustling city of Singapore behind for the wilds of Malaysian Borneo, a 2.5 hour flight away. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu - formerly known as Jesselton. Connect onward to Lahad Datu. Upon arrival, meet your guide for a 2-hour overland transfer by a 4x4 vehicle through the jungles to Danum Valley. As recent as the early 1960s, this nature sanctuary located in the southeastern corners of Sabah was virtually inaccessible and cut off from civilization by the vast surrounding primary forests. Settle into Borneo Rainforest Lodge, and weather-permitting, go on an afternoon or night safari drive. Research efforts in Danum have revealed a tremendous variety of plants and a full range of Sabah’s lowland fauna. More than 120 mammals including 10 species of primates, 40 species of fish, over 300 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, a profusion of butterflies, thousands of insects, worms, other mollusks and invertebrates are found here.

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Location: Luxurious accommodation in the heart of the Danum Valley Conservation Area – the Sabah’s largest protected Lowland Rainforest – means 43,800 hectares of tropical bliss.

Service: This accommodation has achieved numerous excellency awards thanks to its exceptionally high rankings on customer feedback forums. Notably, guests repeatedly commend staff for their attention to detail, which transcends the service standard norm.

History: Magnificently nestled in the center of a tropical paradise, guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of untouched nature.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 2

Danum Valley

A wildlife-lover’s haven - step into the rainforest and explore as you stroll through the Danum Valley. Pay the Danum Valley Field Center a visit, where you’ll have the opportunity to sit on a balcony to observe gibbons, orangutans and other monkeys in their natural habitat. Look for the Monitor Lizards - you may see the massive creature crawling around the forest floor. After lunch, you may enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure or go hiking through the valley.

Danum Valley
Danum Valley

Day 3

Danum Valley

Wake up early and witness how the local wildlife start their day. For a birds-eye view of the surrounding jungle, go for a walk on the Canopy Bridge, suspended above the lush treetops. Peer out amongst a sea of green, and spot polychrome, feathered birds, lizards darting about in the canopy, and if you are lucky, orangutans as they swing from tree to tree. Hike to the Kadazan Dusun burial site, also known as the Coffin Cliff. The area was formally a burial site for the Indigenous Tidong tribe, who originally came into Danum Valley for its abundance of game and fish. Today, human remains can still be found in this spooky area. Take a final night walk in search of the nocturnal animals.

Day 4


After breakfast, depart from Danum Valley and fly from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu before connecting onward back to Singapore.

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