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How To Get Here

Your Journey starts here…

The journey to the lodge is either by air or land. There is a scheduled pick up from Lahad Datu at 0805 hours and return transfer from Borneo Nature Tours Lahad Datu office departing at 0930hrs. It will take another 2.5 hours overland before you reach Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Nature Tours

Lahad Datu Operation Office
Lot 20, Block 3, MDLD 3285, Ground Floor,
Fajar Lorong 9, Fajar Centre, 91102 Lahad Datu,
Sabah, Malaysia

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Sabah East Coast sees plenty of sunshine even during the rainy season, with temperatures averaging 32°C / 89°F. Monsoon winds usually blow in between November and February, with the hottest months from June to August.

The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia with Mandarin Chinese being spoken by the local Chinese and the Kadazan Dusun the mother tongue of the local ethic group of Sabah. English is also spoken widely.

Malaysia standard time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).

The local unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit

USB Sockets are located on the desk and near the bed. Malaysia uses the standard UK 3-pronged plug. Voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC. universal socket

Complimentary WiFi is available at the main lodge and restaurant.

Check-in is at 1400 hour and check-out at 12 hour.

The Lodge is wheelchair friendly.



The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is situated in the Danum Valley, one of Sabah’s last primary rainforest reserves. The nearest town is Lahad Datu about 97 km from the lodge..

There is daily scheduled transport that leaves for the lodge and transfer is provided by us which will take approximately two and a half hours journey. Most of the ride is on an unsealed gravel road and the scheduled transfer from Lahad Datu to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge is at 9:30 am. The return transfer from the lodge to Lahad Datu is at 1:30 pm.

Lahad Datu is accessible by regular scheduled Malaysia Airlines (MASWINGS) from Kota Kinabalu and by bus or taxi from all other towns in Sabah. Although it is possible to take land transport from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu, we normally recommend to travel by air as it saves a lot on travel time.

We recommend the early morning flight from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu to meet with our scheduled transfer to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge which leaves at 09:30 AM from Lahad Datu town.

Public land transport travel duration are as follows:

KK to Lahad Datu: 7 hours
Sandakan to Lahad Datu: 2 hours 45 minutes
Tawau to Lahad Datu: 2 hours 30 minutes
Semporna to Lahad Datu: 2 hours


In the wild, gain firsthand experience to be up close with a multitude of flora and fauna in this 130 million-year-old rainforest. Some species are endemic to Borneo and this can be spotted with the help of our nature guides. Some of the common seen animals are: sambar deer, civets, lizards, butterflies, certain birds, several species of primates and insects.

Apart from light and comfortable clothing wear, some basic preparation is like small back-pack, sunscreen application, insect repellant cream, hat, hand towel, a bottle of water and walking stick.

Depending on the age of a child and their fitness level, our 22 marked trails are fully guided and a safety briefing is done before every trekking. Alternatively, our self-guided nature trail on elevated boardwalk with interpretation are suitable for younger children, elderly and lower fitness group.

Humid and hot with the occasional rain shower. During the day, temperatures are in the average of 28-30 degree Celsius. The evenings are usually cooler and with the occasional light forest breeze.

A stay of 3 nights is ideal. However, groups with special interest, 5-7 nights are recommended.

Weather in the region is extremely humid and hot with good chance of rain. In general, expect most morning to be sunny and clear followed by short rain followed by short rain showers (less than half hour) in the afternoon. during the day the weather will likely be hot and humid with temperatures in the range of (28 – 30 C). A poncho or light raincoat would be useful. Umbrellas are available in each chalet. Evenings are usually clear and cool and occasionally may even require the use of a light jacket.


Leeches are common in the rainforest and there are 2 types of species found in Danum Valley. The brown leech lives on the ground and the tiger leech on leaves. Leech bites are not harmful but may leave a slight discomfort feeling from the bite. So far, we have no record of infection resulting from a leech bite.

Danum Valley is considered to be a low risk area for malaria transmission, however it is advisable to take all necessary measures preventing mosquito bites especially during dusk and dawn. It is advisable also to keep veranda door close from dusk and dawn to avoid mosquitoes entering the room. All rooms are installed with mosquito netting and is provided with an electronic mosquito repellent.

If a doctor consultation is deemed necessary, we will do an immediate arrangement to send guest to the nearest medical facility for treatment. For minor injury, our service associates are trained with first aid and can assist with a remedy if feeling unwell.

We will do our best to provide your dietary requirement. It would be best to inform us about your dietary preference at point of booking so we can prepare the best way possible to the request.


Wi-Fi is available at the main lodge. However, due to the remoteness of our location, internet and mobile connection are limited to 2G access only.

We rely on a satellite communication and mobile phones are provided in each room. Guest can also use the main lodge services for fixed line calling, emailing and faxing. If guests are needed to be contacted at our lodge, our reservation office number is +60 89 843 107 and our Duty Manager’s mobile number is +60 17 897 3787 or email to

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