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In the East Malaysian state of Sabah, on the great island of Borneo, lies one of Malaysia’s finest remaining wilderness areas, the mystical Maliau Basin. Bounded by a formidable escarpment reaching over 1,675m asl, the almost circular Basin encompasses reaching over 390 km² of pristine forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem, never permanently inhabited and with large areas still remaining to be explored and documented. Remarkably, the whole basin is a single huge water catchment, drained by one river only, the Maliau River, which flows through a gorge in the southeast of the Basin, joining the Kuamut River and eventually the Kinabatangan, Sabah’s largest and most important waterway.
In addition to being an ideal place for research and environmental education, Maliau Basin Conservation Area is perfect for adventure jungle trekking, bird watching, nature photography, night drives to spot nocturnal wildlife, waterfall swimming and recreation and simply experiencing the thrill of being in a truly unspoilt wilderness.
With over 70km of marked trails, only about one third of Maliau is open to visitors and less than half the Basin has been explored by researchers so far. Maliau Basin Conservation Area is a remote location safety procedures must be followed. These include having insurance which covers emergency helicopter evacuation for those trekking into the forest, being accompanied by Maliau rangers while on the trails and rental of VHF radios. Hunting is absolutely forbidden, and rules concerning the conservation of the area such as no collection of specimens without written permission, must also be strictly adhered to.
DO’S AND DON’T’S IN THE MALIAU BASIN CONSERVATION AREA
* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.
Pickup from hotel and travel for about 2hrs drive to Keningau Town through Crocker Range; enjoy the scenic mountainous countryside view.
Expected to arrive at Keningau town, collect your packed lunch for consumption along the journey.
Continue journey to Maliau Basin, part of the road are gravel and bumpy.
Expected to arrive at Maliau Basin Information Gallery, take a 20mins rest and get the overall information and understanding of Maliau Basin.
Proceed to Maliau Basin Studies Center (MBSC) for about 1.5 hours journey.
Expected to arrive MBSC, register and check-in. Free at your own leisure.
Visit Maliau SkyBridge and explore the Nature Trail.
Return to Lodge and Leisure Time.
Dinner at MBSC Dining Hall.
Video Presentation which give you a brief introduction to Maliau Basin Conservation Area.
Night Walk in search of nocturnal wildlife (If weather permits).
Return to Lodge and get a good night rest.
Overnight at Maliau Basin Studies Centre, Maliau Basin
After breakfast, proceed for a 30mins drive to Agathis Camp for the trekking to begin.
Briefing by the ranger before the 7km trekking start. The trek from Agathis to Nephenthes Camp is about a 5-6 hours trek over the rim of the basin, the first 2 hours uphill trek is the challenging part of this adventure journey. Simple packed lunch along the trails.
Expected to arrive at Nephenthes Camp. Basic facility to be provided at the camp.
Leisure / If you are fit enough for another trekking, continue to the Takop Akop waterfall which is about 2.5km away from the camp or the Giluk waterfall which is closer journey. You can also visit the both if the time is permissible.
Dinner / Rest.
Overnight at Nephenthes Camp, Maliau Basin.
After breakfast, visit the 33m high Observation Tower - enjoy the majestic view and birding from the tower.
Pack up your stuff and collect the packed lunch for the return journey to Agathis camp.
Expected to arrive at Agathis Camp. Clean up and relax.
Depart Agathis Camp.
Expected to arrive at Kota Kinabalu.
Min. Participant(s): 1 Persons To Go (child does not counted)
Tour location / Depart from: Kota Kinabalu
Recommend to book: 1 month(s) in advance
To book at least: 14 day(s) in advance
Cancellation & Refund Policy: No refund for any cancellation made within 1 day from the tour date, 90% of full payment will be refunded if cancel 2 days and above. No refund for those tours which involve accommodation.
Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.
Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.
Pickup Service: Pickup service will be provided from the hotel/hostel/lodge that you are staying. Please wait at lobby while the tour guide will find you when he/she arrive. Dropoff service will be provided after travelling, please notify us upon booking if your dropoff location is differ from pickup location.
Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).