The 438 km² Danum Valley conservation area (DVCA) is a class I forest reserve located on the western side
of the upper reaches of the Segama River in southeast Sabah. It is the largest remaining area of primary rainforest in Sabah. Due to its remoteness and limited human presence it has a high level of biodiversity.
The Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC) is a scientific facility located on the edge of the Danum Valley conservation area, on the banks of the Segama river. The field centre is open for tourists, offering a range of packages which include accomodation, meals and guided visit of the forest reserve.
Near the facilities there is a (permanent) population of gibbons, red leaf monkeys, Sambar deers and other animals. With the help of a guide it is relatively easy to spot a number of animals. The photos shown in this gallery were taken during a two night stay at the Danum valley field centre, during a series of both daytime and nighttime forest walks. At night, if the sky is clear and the moon is shining, the views are amazing, a bit like the forests of Avatar's Pandora at night.
How to get to the Danum Valley Field Centre
To get to the Danum Valley Field Centre you either book a tour with a travel agency or arrange your stay directly with the Sabah Foundation (Yayasan Sabah) in Kota Kinabalu. The second option is much cheaper. Transportation to and from the DVFC starts and ends in Lahad Datu, about 80km from the DVFC.
The Danum Valley Field Centre has both individual rooms and large, 40 bed dormitories. The restaurant serves three meals per day, all buffet style and with good, tasty food.