Originally established to provide the area with protection from logging activities, the Danum Valley Conservation Area is a 438 kilometre zone of lowland dipterocarp forest that provides a pristine sanctuary for a dazzling array of undisturbed wildlife in south-eastern Sabah, and also has a reputation for being one of the world’s best destinations for birding as well as seeing orangutans in the wild. An area that is roughly the same size as Singapore, this ecosystem is said to have the highest concentration of wild orangutans in the world, and whilst such a sightings cannot be guaranteed, the area is well worth being included into your Borneo holiday.
Danum Valley Quick Facts
Wildlife spotting: home to many endangered species including the Asian elephant and the proboscis monkey.
Aged landscapes: the rainforest is 130 million years old and is the largest area of protected rainforest in Sabah (438km²).
Little known fact: the Danum Valley is one of the most complex ecosystems in the world.
Conservation: there are threats here from both human activity, such as deforestation and hunting, as well as natural disasters.