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Danum Valley Trek

The cloud-shrouded 130M-year old Danum Valley is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. While orangutans, elephants and clouded leopards live here, chances of seeing large wildlife are slim as the forest is dense. Come here for idyllic treks and a retreat into nature.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Will I definitely see Orangutans?
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No, we're afraid not. Danum Valley has very thick rainforest, and wild Orangutans are curious but shy. Even when the Orangutans are around, they might be in their nests high up in the trees or hidden in the foliage. So you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of their red coats, but as with anything to do with wild animals, it is entirely unpredictable!
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How do I get there?
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You will need to arrive to Lahad Datu which can be reached by air (there are several major airports in Malaysia that have flights to Lahad Datu) or overland by bus. Some providers will pick you up from the airport, others might need you to arrive to the Danum Valley Field Center office which is in Lahad Datu town.
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Do I need to go with a guide?
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Although you can enter Danum Valley with a guide provided by the park, having a specialist guide will improve your chances of spotting wildlife (from the hornbill to the orangutan) as well as bring you more indepth information about this ancient rainforest - because you will want to share more than just photos. It will also make your logistics (such as booking accommodation and transport) much easier. Please also note that you can't self-drive to Danum Valley as only vehicles that have been approved by the park authorities (e.g. vehicles of travel companies) are allowed.
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Do I need to train up?
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You should have a moderate level of fitness to make sure you are able to undertake walking and trekking on various types of moderate terrain, including some rough trails. Please make us aware of any medical conditions at the time of booking.
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What's the best time to go?
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The best months to visit are March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
We recommend the above period because you would have:
  • Better chance to spot animals
  • Good weather
  • More activities available
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