A birdwatcher’s journey in Southeast Asia is not complete without a visit to the
Danum Valley Conservation Area in the east Malaysian state of Sabah (North Borneo).
This 43,800 hectares area is one of the few places in the region that is still teeming
with bird life. This preserved rainforest with its pristine environment is home
to myriads of all shapes, sizes, colours and sounds! To date over 275 species have
been recorded and the list is still growing. The lowland dipterocarp forest of Danum
Valley is home to several species of birds that are endemic to Borneo. These include
the Bornean Bristlehead, Bulwer’s Pheasant, Bornean Ground-Cuckoo, Bornean Wren-Babbler,
Black-throated Wren-Babbler and Dusky Munia, just to name a few. It is also home
to all eight species of the Bornean Hornbills and six species of Pitta, including
the impressive Giant Pitta. Danum Valley is indeed a birdwatcher’s paradise!
To facilitate the bird watchers, there is a 300 meters long Canopy Walkway hanging
26 meters above the ground. You can actually come eye to eye with some of the tropical
The rainforest surrounding the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley offers birdwatcher’s
both average and avid, ample opportunity to observe and enjoy the abundant bird’s
life while staying at the comfortable lodge. To assist in searching and identifying
birds in the area, specialized bird guides can be requested by the guests (at extra
cost) when initially booking on your accommodation at the lodge.