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Day 11

We are enjoying another day in the rich tropical rainforest and can continue to discover both big and the small new species.

At Borneo there is one of the world's largest ants, the giant forest ant, at 28 mm. And did you know that there is a recently discovered new species of tree-living ant on Borneo, which in order to protect its colony against attackers, can explode? At an attack, it bends its body so heavily that it bursts and releases a poisonous fluid, thus sacrificing itself for the survival of the colony. We are also looking for some of the forest's camouflaged insects and of course the three-horned rhinoceros beetle, a beast of up to 11 cm with three big horns on the forehead.

In one of the smaller waterways in the woods we have the chance to experience some of Borneo's species of waving frogs. This very special group of frogs lives in the streams where the sound of the flowing water would override the frogs' calls. To get around this, the frogs have developed a way to wave their hind legs, exposing lighter skin between the toes, thus signaling the opposite sex. An exciting thing to experience, showing the frogs' adaptation to their specific environment!

In the evening we can keep an eye open for mouse deers, there is a chance to see these, the world's smallest deers, only 30 cm high! Check for reflections from eyes in the dark!

Accommodations: Danum Valley - Danum Valley Field Center Resthouse - 2 stars

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Looking forward to this day: Enjoy nature around the small waters in the rainforest and be amazed to see how adapted many species are to their environment. Maybe we'll see a tarsier in the evening!

A small stream through the rainforest in Danum Valley. Photo: BNT.

Day 12

Today we take a goodbye of beautiful Danum Valley for this time with a last morning walk in the woods. Perhaps we get a glimpse of one of the world's largest pheasants, bigger argus phase (great argus). The rooster with its beautiful armrests adorned with rows of eyelids and a clear blue head is a spectacular sight. Or perhaps a glimpse of the splendid, endemic bristlehead bornean. Unique to the species is its featherless head with short yellow brush-like committees, which gave the name its name. One of the forest's many special species with unique appearance.

After lunch we check out and drive to Lahad Datu Airport. Where we take a domestic flight at 16:00 back to Kota Kinabalu.

Accommodations: Kota Kinabalu - Dreamtel Hotel - 3 stars

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Looking forward to this day: To have breakfast in a company of chestnut brown leaf trees clinging to the trees outside the veranda.

Borneo bristlehead is another of Danum's beautiful endemics, a dream for many visitors to Borneo! Photo: LG.

Day 13

After breakfast there is time to pack our things together, take a last look in the city and prepare for the flight home. Transport to the airport and return home.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

The paradise snake can glide from tree branches by flattening its body. Photo: BNT.

Magic experiences in the rainforest! Luminous mushrooms are one of them. Photo: BNT.

Marvel at the spectacular three-horned rhinoceros beetle, one of the giants in the insect world. Photo: BNT.

The western tarsier is one of Borneo's strangest species. It captures insects in the night that it detects with its giant eyes. Photo: LG.

The red leaf monkey eats mainly leaf and fruit and can often be seen in Danum. Photo: BNT.

Entry procedure

You do not need a visa to enter Malaysia. Travelers to Malaysia must have a valid passport with a remaining validity of at least six (6) months on entry and exit from Malaysia.


Our accommodations on the trip range from camping to simple but comfortable lodges. At far s the campsites, we provide tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mattress. If you want to be extra comfortable, we recommend that you bring your own favorite sleeping mattress. The price is based on double occupancy, single room supplement is added.


The meals at the lodges are usually buffet style with a variety of dishes to suit most tastes, there are always vegetarian options. If you have food allergies, contact us in advance and we'll solve it.

Forest walks

The trip involves walking in the rainforest environment along trails. The trip is therefore not suitable if  you have reduced mobility. The terrain varies but the walks are usually not particularly tiring for a person with normal fitness. What can be felt is the temperature just below 30 degrees, but we often take a break to look at species and drink water. The walks are usually 2-3 hours. You wear a light backpack with water and some personal little things like camera etc. To prepare, we can recommend regular forest walks at home of about 30 minutes. The experiences get so much better if you have just prepared a little at home!

Toilet visits in the jungle

All our accommodations have toilets but during the walks you may also need to go. If so, always cover toilet paper and leave no traces after you in the woods.


No mandatory vaccinations are required by the Malaysian authorities. However, you will need to provide a certificate of yellow fever vaccination if you arrive directly from some African or South African countries with yellow fever. However, we recommend that you visit your vaccination center to receive up-to-date information about possible vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. It is usually recommended that you have good protection against hepatitis A and hepatitis B, as well as typhoid and Japanese encephalitis, polio, tetanus and diphtheria and take some form of malaria prophylaxis.

Leeches and biting insects

Mosquito and other biting insects are not found but not in large populations. Long sleeved shirts in the evenings and mornings and a mosquito repellent with DEET, protects well. We often get questions about Borneo's leeches and if they carry any diseases. You can relax as they are not carrying any diseases. During walks you can sometimes encounter leeches. However, it is easy to protect you from them with leech socks and long trousers. If they crawl on you, they are easy to pick up, roll into a small ball and back to the bush with them!