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.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, depart from Danum Valley and fly from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu before connecting onward back to Singapore.
Situated in ultimate seclusion, 60 miles from the nearest town, the beautifully-designed Borneo Rainforest Lodge denotes understated elegance. The hotel’s 31 eco-friendly chalets feature high ceilings, dark wood panels and incandescent draping lights, all made from locally-sourced, recyclable material. The chalets use ceiling fans rather than air conditioners and have outdoor tubs, decks and patios boasting panoramic views of the million-year-old rainforest: drenched in the vivacity of the surrounding tropics, there is perhaps no better place to experience undisturbed nature. Guests will be living amongst nature’s finest trees and flora which douse the rainforest in exotic, vibrant color: the Danum Valley provides a home to many rare and endangered animals including the Clouded Leopard, Orangutan, the Proboscis Monkey and around 300 species of bird. Further, the lodge provides an outstanding spa with luxurious treatments which guests may enjoy after an exhilarating jungle trek.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, all meals at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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