The Malaysian Customs Department (“RMCD”) is imposing a Tourism Tax on guest at the sum of MYR 10 nett per room per night with effect from 1st September 2017. Please direct pay to tour guide. Update: Malaysia government waive the tourism tax from 1 July 2020 until 30 Jun 2021.
The isolated and mysterious Maliau Basin, also known as Sabah’s Lost World, has only recently begun to be investigated by researchers. Major expeditions in 1988, 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2006, and baseline studies during the joint Yayasan Sabah / DANIDA project, discovered a distinct and diverse flora of over 1,800 species, including at least 6 types of pitcher plant and more 80 species of orchid, several of which are new records for Sabah. The rare Rafflesia tengku-adlinii has also been found in Maliau Basin, one of only two known localities in Sabah, and two species completely new to science, a tree and a moss, have so far been discovered. Main forest dominated by majestic Agathis trees, rare montane heath forest and precious lowland and hill dipterocarp forest.
Maliau Basin contains many outstanding natural features, including probably the greatest number of waterfalls anywhere in Malaysia. The most famed of these is the spectacular 7-tiered Maliau Falls on the Maliau River, the highest fall of which is a magnificent 28m.Maliau is also the home of the fabled Lake Linumunsut, Sabah’s only non-oxbow lake, situated below the outer banks of the northern escarpment.
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 (Also known as Camel Trophy 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.
Enjoy dinner and rest.
Overnight at Nepenthes Camp, Maliau Basin.
After breakfast, visit the 33m high Observation Tower - enjoy the majestic view and birding from the tower.
Pack up stuff and collect the packed lunch for the 6km journey to Junction between Maliau Waterfall and Ginseng Camp.
Expected to arrive at Junction. Stop for lunch and rest.
Proceed for a 4.5km downhill trek to Maliau Waterfall. Along the trails you will pass by Lobah Camp which gives you an awesome panoramic view of Maliau Basin rim.
Expected to arrive at Maliau Waterfall. Maliau waterfall is a spectacular seven-tiered waterfall cascading over and over into Maliau River, the highest fall of which is a magnificent 28m fall.
Depart Maliau fall and return to Ginseng Camp via the same trails. It takes about 5km to Ginseng Camp from Maliau waterfall.
Expected to arrive at Ginseng Camp. Take a good rest, shower and freshen up.
Enjoy dinner and rest.
Overnight at Ginseng Camp, Maliau Basin.
Simple breakfast provided at the Camp.
Pack stuff and packed lunch, start for a 9km trekking journey to Agathis Camp.
Expected to arrive at Agathis Camp. Then, onwards journey to MBSC and free at your own leisure.
Dinner and Leisure.
Overnight at Maliau Basin Studies Centre, Maliau Basin
Breakfast at MBSC Resthouse Dining Hall. Check out.
Collect packed lunch, depart MBSC and onwards journey to Kota Kinabalu.
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).