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Aerial view of Danum Valley Field Centre

DVFC is located 81-km inland from Lahad Datu on Sabah’s east coast. The journey takes about 2 hours and the first 15-km is along the main Lahad Datu to Tawau Road; the remaining 66 km is on an unsealed but well-maintained private logging road. Be warned that 70-ton logging trucks use the road, so drive slowly and carefully.

Lahad Datu is served daily by FAX (Fly Asian Express).

Entry Permit

All visitors must get their entry permit from the Sales Office in Lahad Datu. If you drive your own vehicle, you must also first obtain a gate pass from the Lahad Datu office. The pass must be produced at the checkpoint at km 5.5 on the Main Line West Logging road. Follow this road to major junction at km 56.5 where there is a signpost, left turn to the Field Centre 10 km onwards.

Conditions Of Entry into the Conservation Area

Danum Valley Conservation Area is a Class 1 (Protection) Forest Reserve, under the Sabah Forestry Enactment 1968.

Please remember:

1. Visitors must have insurance cover that includes emergency helicopter evacuation.

2. Visitors must report to the Manager of the Conservation Area or his representative upon their arrival.

3. Visitors must declare their photographic equipment/cameras upon reporting to the Manager of the Conservation Area or his representative.

4. Visitors must be accompanied by one or more rangers when entering the forest, except in designated “Self-guided Nature Trails”.

5. Hunting is prohibited anywhere in the Conservation Areas or Yayasan Sabah Forest Management Area.

6. Firearms are absolutely forbidden.

7. Collection of specimens is absolutely not allowed unless with written permission.

8. There should be no slashing of vegetation or cutting of new trails, unless with permission from relevant officers/staff of the Conservation Area.

9. No graffiti on any surface including but not limited to rocks, trees, signboards or any other structures.

10. Forest fires are real danger and campfires can be lit only under supervision of the rangers.

11. Visitors must inform the Manager of the Conservation Area if they have any health complication that requires special attention.

12. Styrofoam containers and canned foods must not be brought into the Conservation Area.

13. All litter/rubbish must be brought out.

14. Visitors must settle all charges/payments prior to leaving the Conservation Area.

15. Visitors who break any of the above rules will be asked to leave the Conservation Area immediately.

Visitors' bags are subject to inspection on departure from DVFC.