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Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater Cave is one of the top ten longest caves in the world with a length of over 189km. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boards, snakes and many crocodiles.

Danum Valley

Camp at Danum Valley Wildlife Park

From Lahad Datu (that can be reached by plane from Kota Kinabalu), you can visit two main national parks; Danum Valley and the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Danum Valley is a 438 square kilometers unspoiled primary rainforest (lowland dipterocarp). If you want to explore the real jungle, this is the place to go. Danum Valley has one of the most complex ecosystems in the world. The chance of spotting wildlife is somewhat smaller than at the Kinabatangan River, because of the free space the animals have over there. The park contains many waterfalls, and together with a guide you will walk along beautiful paths to catch a glimpse of the wonderful animal species. The park is particularly popular among bird watching enthusiasts. Some of the animal species that can be found within Danum Valley are the orangutan, gibbons, tarsiers, deers, wild cats, sun bears, sumatran rhinos (both very rare) and the rare Borneo pygmy elephant. It is possible to spend the night in the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. To visit this park you will need the right permits, but you can get these in Lahad Datu at the Inoprise office (or up front via an agent or travel office). When you visit the Danum Valley, you will surely have a unique and amazing jungle experience.

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Map of Danum Valley Wildlife Park

Below you can see a map of Danum Valley.

Map Danum Valley Wildlife Park  

How to get to Danum Valley

Danum Valley Field Centre DVFC

The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Danum Valley is by taking the plane directly to Tawau in Sabah (Borneo). You can use AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines for this trip. From Tawau you can take a public bus or taxi (or hired 4x4 car with driver and guide) for the 125 kilometer drive northwards to the city of Lahad Datu. The entrance of Danum Valley lies about 75km from Lahad Datu. You can also opt to stay the night at the exclusive Promenade Hotel Tawau ****. From Tawau or Lahad Datu you will need to head to the direction of Gunung Silam; where you will see the signs to the entry point of Danum Valley.

 

Things to do on Sabah

Things to do on Sarawak

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