Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Danum Valley and Tabin, Borneo, Malaysia
At a Glance
Staying deep in the primary rainforest of the Danum Valley is a once in a lifetime experience
Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers a wide range of exciting activities, with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate guides in the country
The Danum Valley Conservation Area is 43,800 hectares of pristine rainforest; a true haven for nature-lovers
Danum Valley is a Bird watchers paradise with over 275 species documented, including all eight species of Borneo's hornbills
For an extra luxury, Premium Deluxe Chalets have private infinity pools
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Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.
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Borneo Rainforest Lodge, located in Sabah, is one of the most luxurious of the lodges found in Borneo. This rather special lodge offers an off the beaten track wildlife experience in the heart of the Danum Valley, surrounded by primary rainforest.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge is set beside the Danum River, tucked away amongst pristine primary rainforest. Within the surrounding area there are more than 275 species of bird and 110 species of mammal, including the pygmy elephant and wild orangutan, making this one of the best places for viewing Borneo's wildlife.
The accommodation at Borneo Rainforest Lodge is fairly basic but it is clean and comfortable. All of the rooms are en-suite and have overhead fans. Premium Chalets feel a bit more luxurious, and these also have small private pools. There are only 30 chalets in total, meaning each guest receives a tailored experience during their stay.
The lodge really does have the wow-factor in terms of location and experience, and given how remote it is, the facilities and standards here are of a perhaps surprisingly very high standard. There is a wonderful range of activities available, including rainforest walks, bird watching, canopy walks, river tubing and night safaris.The guides here are some of the best in the country, and will enhance your stay with their knowledge and passion for the rainforest and its inhabitants.
Each of the 30 chalets at Borneo Rainforest Lodge have a private balcony, overhead fan and an en-suite bathroom with hot water. The Deluxe Chalets are larger than the Standard Chalets and some have outdoor bathtubs and daybeds. The Premium Deluxe Chalets are even more spacious, and feel smarter. They also have their own small private infinity pools.
|Single Story Premium Villa|
|Premium Deluxe - River View|
|Deluxe Chalet - River View|
|Deluxe Chalet - Jungle View|
Children are welcome to come and stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, and those with an interest in exploring and wildlife will simply love the night walks, tubing, canopy walks and general sense of adventure here. Triple rooms are available for families.
The heart of the property is a large central lodge with a spacious veranda overlooking the rainforest. Here there is a well stocked bar and a dining area where hearty, delicious meals are served buffet style.
A guide will be with you for all excursions, not only as a font of knowledge but as a tracker for the wildlife. Activities include nature walks and trekking, night walks, tubing, night drives, treetop canopy walks, river boat trips and waterfall treks. During your wildlife experience, keep an eye out for local inhabitants, which include pygmy elephants, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, red leaf monkeys, western tariser, flying squirrels, macaques and a whole array of colorful birds.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
This is the kind of place that may only be a once in a lifetime experience! It really has the wow factor in terms of the lodge itself (bearing in mind it is about a 2-hour 30-minute drive away from the closest town) and the location is simply unique. The journey to get here is really telling of how far into the jungle you are going 2 hours along a bumpy track in the jungle and then you are pleasantly surprised to arrive at a lodge that couldnt be more civilized! Food is delicious and varied, cocktails are on offer and they even have a wine list. The staff are very efficient and it really feels like a 5* service. Rooms are clean and simple and comfortable, deluxe rooms have better views but the standard rooms are absolutely fine too. But of course, you are here for the experience! The guides really make your stay with their knowledge, wisdom, enthusiasm and passion. You can do varied jungle treks and canopy walks and they will point out things of interest, they really are very specialized and even use their sense of smell to discover animals; watching them is quite fascinating! They will even come and find you if something is spotted when you may be spending time at leisure. If the conditions are right, an afternoon tubing session is great fun and gives you another perspective of the jungle, although you may have a few bruises the next morning! You do have to come here though with the expectation that you wont see everything as sightings can be quite limited, but when you do see wild orang-utans for instance, it just makes it that much more special. You cant compare it to an African safari as you may spend a few hours trekking and not see much, but the place is so special this shouldnt matter. A stay here is quite pricey and the journey to get here is quite long but it is so so worth it, so if you can do it, you must.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
A truly unique and totally natural experience, set far inside the jungle of Danum Valley. The lodge is beautifully maintained and has the most stunning views out into the jungle and of the river flowing below it. Its also the perfect spot for bird watchers as the kingfishers, hornbills and swifts are always nearby. The staff here are incredibly attentive and like to form close relationships with the guests, giving it a very friendly atmosphere indeed. Trekking and tubing are fantastic experiences; it always helps when your guide has such an extensive knowledge of the jungle, that you really do learn such a huge amount from even their simplest nature walks on the board walk. You can tailor make your itinerary here. If you have a burning desire to spend your days in bed and nights out in search of Borneos scariest spiders, thats exactly what you will do. They have specialist guides for the birdwatchers out there too. Personally, I loved their jungle treks during the day. The views are stunning and there is a huge sense of achievement when you reach the viewing point.
CL, July 2011 (Guest)
This was the highlight of the trip one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and that I will probably ever have. It was well organized, friendly, classy, stylish, simple, elegant there was a feel of magic in the lodge (where we spent most of our time) because everybody felt so lucky being there, witnessing some of the rarest animals in the world. We saw a huge long list of animals including the Orang Utans, monitor lizards, tarantulas, leeches etc! The best touch of all was our private guide, I dont know who I have to thank for that but it made the experience. The night walks and drives were once in a lifetime! 11/10
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Danum Valley has earned the reputation for being one of the best places for viewing Borneo's wildlife and I can certainly see why. In the heart of this dense jungle valley lies the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a basic and rustic international-standard lodge built beside the Danum River. The lodge boasts good facilities with basic comforts, making it the ideal based to explore the incredible diversity and complexity of the primeval Borneo rainforest. The central lodge is a large, airy building standing on columns of belian, Borneo's famous hardwood, and features a spacious verandah, dining area and well-stocked bar. During our stay we went on some amazing jungle walks, went bird watching with resident nature guides and my personal favorite - canopy walkways high above the jungle floor that give you a totally different perspective of the amazing rainforest all around!
Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Canopy Walk
An adventure along Borneo Rainforest Lodge's canopy walk is often one of the highlights of a stay here. This suspended walkway is 300 meters long, and reaches 26 meters high at its peak, offering a different perspective into the rainforest.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Night Safari
Hop into the back of an open-air truck for a night safari; a great time to see nocturnal primates such as the slow loris, flying red squirrel, samba deer, and civets. Your guide will use a strong torch to search for wildlife as you bump along the track.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Rainforest Trek
Accompanied by your expert guide, trek through the pristine primary rainforest of the Danum Valley. This is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, filled with wonderful wildlife, astonishing plants, tumbling waterfalls and mysterious rock pools.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge - “Coffin Cliff” Trek
Trek up to the “Coffin Cliff”, an ancient burial site of the Kadazandusun tribe, passing through picturesque rainforest and past waterfalls. You will also take in the best views of Danum Valley, and enjoy a refreshing dip in a natural Jacuzzi pool.
Kuala Lumpur, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley & Gaya Island
from $5900 pp 12 nights
- This itinerary takes in some of the key wildlife areas in Borneo, but allows you to travel at a fairly gentle pace
- Finish the trip on the idyllic Gaya Island, where you can be as relaxed or as active as you would like
- You will have plenty of opportunities to spot the local wildlife, exploring by boat, jeep and on foot
Best of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River & Gaya Island
from $4700 pp 11 nights
- The perfect introduction to Borneo and its highlights, combining incredible wildlife with the stunning beaches
- Enjoy a night or two in Kuala Lumpur to get over the long flight and adjust to the time zone before beginning your adventures in Borneo's Sabah state
- Stay at a traditional rainforest lodge deep within the Danuum Valley - a truly special experience
Classic Borneo and Bali
Sepilok, Kinabatangan, Kuala Lumpur, Seminyak
from $6000 pp 11 nights
- An adventurous itinerary combining natural wonders in Borneo followed by luxurious beach time in Bali
- Visit the Sepilok Oranguatan Rehabilitation Center to try and catch site of the elusive 'Old Man of the Forest' swinging through the trees
- The Kinabatangan River area is rich in wildlife, home to proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and incredible birds such as hornbills
Location & directions
Danum Valley and Tabin, Borneo, Malaysia
The lodge lies at the heart of the Danum Valley on the banks of the Danum River, and facing the lodge on the opposite bank is a huge swathe of pristine forest.
How to get there
17-hour international flight (one change) to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The town of Lahad Datu, gateway to Danum Valley, is reached via a short 55-minute flight from Kota Kinabalu. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a 2-hour drive from Lahad Datu on a sometimes rough and bumpy road.