Borneo Rainforest Safari

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5 Days / 4 Nights
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Lahad Datu
Lahad Datu
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Borneo Rainforest Safari is an enjoyable trekking tour through the oldest rain forest in Southeast Asia.

This 5-day trip combines Tabin Wildlife Reserve and the scenic Danum Valley Conservation Area in one package. It’s a great experience for those who wish to immerse in the untouched nature and see the animals up close in their natural environment.

The diversity of ecosystems in this region provides habitat for many wildlife species, including orangutans, clouded leopards and elephants.

Borneo Rainforest Safari is a memorable experience not to be missed!


  • Discover Tabin ’s Lipad Mud Volcano that was created by the eruption of mud. The mineral rich soil is an important natural-lick for wildlife.
  • Venture to Danum Valley to witness one of the oldest and most pristine rain forests on the planet which houses a wide variety of species of birds, animals, and plants.
  • Witness Borneo’s wildlife in their natural habitat as you trek into pristine forests rich in exotic flora.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Lahad Datu airport - Tabin Reserve
Day 2
Tabin Reserve
Day 3
Tabin Reserve - Danum Valley
Day 4
Danum Valley
Day 5
Danum Valley - Depart Lahad Datu

What's Included

  • Lodge accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • Meals full board
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry fees
  • Tourism Tax (RM 10 per room/night)

Day 1 Arrive in Lahad Datu - Tabin Reserve

Meet at Lahad Datu airport and transfer to Tabin Wildlife Reserve (about 1.5-hour drive).

Check into the Tabin Wildlife Resort nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad River.
Visit the Trogon Hall gallery for information about the conservation of Tabin Wildlife Reserve and briefing on birds, insects and animals that are found in this area.

After lunch hike for about 20 minutes to the active Lipad Mud Volcano. The elevated bare area of the Mud Volcano is frequented by wildlife and birds that are attracted to salt to fulfill their mineral requirements. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion.
Trek back to the resort along the elephant trail.

After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.

Overnight at the Tabin Wildlife Resort


Day 2Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of more than 300 species of birds. After breakfast, drive to the core area and trek through the lush green rainforest to Lidap Waterfalls. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. Alternatively, explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax.

In the afternoon, try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks (optional). In the evening, a dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal wildlife & birds coming out to look for food during this time of the day.

After dinner, go for a night walk along the trail near the resort in search of sleeping birds, frog, and nocturnal wildlife.

Overnight at the Tabin Wildlife Resort


Day 3Tabin Reserve - Danum Valley

Head back to Lahad Datu. Then, after registration at Danum Valley office continue to Borneo Rainforest Lodge (about 2.5-hour drive).

Enjoy the changing landscape of the regenerated forest to virgin rainforest of a million years old.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge is nestled in the heart of Sabah’s largest protected forest, alongside the Danum River.
The entire Danum Valley Conservation Area is a primary rainforest, which means it has never been logged before and is completely untouched.

After a brief orientation and lunch, proceed for a guided walk along the Nature Trail for an introduction to the rainforest ecosystem.

In the evening see a slide presentation on Danum Valley Conservation Area, then join a night safari on an open-air truck. Using a powerful spot light the guide will point out nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Day 4Danum Valley

Rise early this morning and enjoy a whole day in the beautiful Danum Valley. Start your day with the Canopy Walkway, a rope-style bridge built 26 meters above the forest floor. The view is magical. In the early mornings, mist hangs over the rainforest, forming a white veil from which only the tallest treetops emerge.

After breakfast hike to View Point Trail and Kadazandusun Burial Site. Stop along the trail to admire the variety of flora and fauna and spectacular views.
On the way down, enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural Jacuzzi pool.

After lunch (if weather permits) enjoy an extended hike to look for orangutan, birds and other wildlife along nature trails or go for a relaxing Water Tubing session down the Danum River.

As darkens falls, proceed for a guided night jungle walk in search of nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Day 5Danum Valley - Depart Lahad Datu

This morning enjoy a short jungle walk. After lunch, check out and transfer to Lahad Datu airport.


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Solo Traveller

This trip has been designed to give you the best experience of Borneo’s rainforests.
The trekking in Tabin Wildlife Reserve and in Danum Valley is not particularly challenging and fit for anyone. This tour is suitable for passionate naturalist photographers and bird watchers.

March 5, 2020