Review – Nov 2011

The Sabah Society Trip to Danum Valley,

25 – 28 November 2011


This trip began on Friday 25th November when we all met in Lahad Datu at the Borneo Nature Tours Office before being taken to the Field Centre for one night, followed by two nights at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

In each place we explored the many trails, all clearly marked and all rather muddy because of the rain. Some of the walks were easy while some were more challenging. The animals seen were sambar deer, barking deer (which woke up those of us staying in the rooms furthest out from the dining area at the Field Centre), orangutans, gibbons, red leaf monkeys, as well as many different birds. There was lots of evidence of elephants on the road into the Centre but unfortunately no sightings of the animal. Perhaps next time!

Please click on the following link to see some of the photos from Sandy Pike : CLICK HERE

Following are the comments by some of the participants:

  • Great trip! So much fun and saw the Argus!! Best resort staff in the world.
  • Nature at its best and saw animals in their own environment. Lodge wonderful and eco-friendly too!, staff great and without the excellent guides would have seen much less. I thought the itineraries very good.
  • Stunning canopy walkway, ingenious construction. Coffins well preserved and displayed. Staff and Guides very professional and relaxed in their duties.
  • The beer and sandwiches waiting for me at the Jacuzzi Pool made it for me!
  • Loved the Tembaling Waterfall, Fairy Waterfall, the luxurious accommodation at Borneo Rainforest Lodge and all the wildlife.
  • Really friendly and helpful staff. Lodge superb and set in fantastic surroundings. Even threw in a tropical rainstorm! Great trip, full of contrasts.
  • Enjoyable experiences among lush natural flora and fauna around the BRL, combined with the great hospitality shown by all staff from guides, F&B, front office and housekeeping. Friendly, helpful and responsive service.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed every part of the trip: the challenging trails, the symphony of sounds from the surrounding jungle, the Fairy Waterfall, the orang-utans, gibbons……too many, almost, to mention. Only missed an encounter with the pygmy elephants. Accommodation in the Rainforest Lodge was superb.
  • Good exposure to nature. Food, accommodation, transport were great. Information from the Sabah Society was good. Try not to slot in any activities that need longer walking distance before departing to another destination. The guides are helpful and kind.
  • An interesting and enjoyable trip with good exposure to natural nature, green and clean environment and we could see different types of animals. The activities were awesome – though at times it was raining. We all had a fun filled holiday, good food, excellent accommodation, with friendly and helpful staff. Thanks for the effort in organising the trip.