“Maliau Basin is the single best place in Borneo to experience the wonders of primary tropical forest. More than that, it is one of the world’s great reserves of biodiversity, a dense knot of almost unbelievable genetic richness.” Lonely Planet Borneo, 2008
Kota Kinabalu – Keningau – Maliau Basin Studies Centre
Pick up from city hotel and proceed for about 2 hours drive to Keningau Town through scenic mountainous countryside.
Breakfast at a local restaurant in Keningau Town and collect packed lunch. Do some last minute shopping and continue the journey to Maliau Basin, Sabah’s Lost World. Part of the road are still gravel, so be prepared for the bumpy ride. Have lunch along the way.
Arrive at Shell Maliau Basin Reception and Information Building. Clean-up and rest for a while.Visit the Information Gallery for an overall view and understanding of the Maliau Basin, Sabah’s Lost World.
Proceed to Maliau Basin Studies Centre (“MBSC”) for registration and check-in to Resthouse.
Maliau Sky Bridge Canopy Walk (spanning eight trees and seven sky bridges, it is 400m-long and suspended 22m above ground) and Trek the Educational / Discovery Nature Trail.
Dinner at MBSC
Video Show (Introduction of Maliau Basin)
Night Walk or Night Drive in Search of Wildlife (if weather permit)
Rest and overnight at MBSC’s Resthouse Accommodation.
1200am Lights out.
Agathis Camp – Nepenthes Camp : Giluk & Takob Akob Waterfalls
Breakfast. Proceed to Agathis Camp. Set on the banks of a 15km wide in hill mixed dipterocarp forest, Agathis Camp is located at the southernmost edge of Maliau Basin Conservation Area, about 20km to the north of the Security Gate, and is the main starting off point to trails to Nepenthes Camp (also known as Camel Trophy Camp) and Ginseng Camp.
From Agathis Camp, begin the 7km trekking through the rainforest to reach the Nepenthes Camp (Also known as Camel Trophy Camp). Nepenthes Camp is a two-storey building complete with bunk beds, showers and solar electricity, which can accommodate up to 15 visitors.
Constructed by the participants of Camel Trophy in 1993, it was the first permanent camp within the Basin and is located strategically at the meeting point of lower montane forest and the rare and unusual montane heath forest on Maliau’s southern plateau.
A 33m high observation platform near the top of a large Agathis borneensis tree provides an opportunity to observe birds at close range and allows breathtaking views of the surrounding forest canopy. The beautiful Takob Akob and Giluk Falls are within 2 hours walk.
The trek from Agathis Camp to Nephenthes Camp will take about 6 hours of trekking over the rim of the Basin.
The first two hours is the most challenging uphill trek for this adventure. Stop for packed lunch and relax enjoying the surrounding rich vegetation.
0200pm Expected arrival at Nepenthes Camp.
Walk to the Giluk Falls which is about 1 hour away and back to Nepenthes Camp. A dip in the pool is possible OR walk to the spectacular, about 100m in height Takob Akob Falls which is about is 2 hours away and back. If time is permissible, visit both Giluk Falls and Takob Akob Falls.
Dinner. Overnight at Nepenthes Camp.
Nepenthes Camp – Agathis Camp
Trek to magical Heath Forest (Hutan Kerangas) : “Garden of Eden”. Bright pink rhododendrons and red ixoras peeked out from trees and bushes. Pitcher plants like the Nepenthes stenophylla dangled prettily like Christmas tinsel, while the Nepenthes veitchii with their flared lips (peristomes) wrapped their roots around trunks.
At least eight pitcher plant species and one natural hybrid (N. veitchii-stenophylla) have been spotted in Maliau.
The winding trail flanked by pitcher plants and colorful fungi made a pretty sight. Assortments of epiphytes like orchids were in abundance.
7.5km jungle trekking back to Agathis Camp. Stop for packed lunch and relax enjoying the surrounding rich vegetation.
Arrive Agathis Camp. Clean up and relax.
Proceed to A self-guided nature trail / jungle walk at the camp. The loop trail is just over one km long and takes about an hour to do if walking at an easy pace, meandering through gentle terrain and crossing some beautiful rivers and stream.
Numbered posts along the trail highlight special features including medicinal plants, riverine ferns, wild fruit trees and the majestic Agathis trees.
Dinner and Rest.
Night Walk or Night Drive in Search of Wildlife (If weather permit)
0900pm Rest at Agathis Camp.
Agathis Camp – Kota Kinabalu
Breakfast and depart Agathis Camp, stopover at the 4-storey Maliau Rim Observation Tower which offers spectacular views and bird watching.
Depart for Kota Kinabalu.
Arrive Keningau and have Late Lunch.
Arrive Kota Kinabalu.
END OF TOUR
Terms and Conditions
This Package is inclusive of: -
- Tour Guide (Nature Guide)
- Forest Ranger cum Radioman
- Meals – Full Board: except on departure date. (basic food provided)
- Rental of VHF Radio
- Returned Transfer (overland) from KOTA KINABALU city hotels
- Conservation Fee & User Fee (campsites)
- Personal Accident Insurance that covers emergency Helicopter Evacuation
Porter Service (guests are encouraged to carry their own backpacks) can be engaged at guest’s own personal account and to be settled in cash on the spot to the porter. However, advance booking is recommended and subject to availability of porter.
Personal Porter will assist guest and provide general help around the camp:
- Maximum of 12kg Per Porter
- RM100.00 Per Day
1. Guest MUST provide the following information to us upon registration:-
- Full Name (as in passport)
- Date of Birth
- Passport / IC No
Nominee (for insurance purpose)
- Full Name (as in passport)
- Passport / IC No
2. Guest MUST submit a fitness certificate confirmed by physician or doctor.
3. Special permission is needed and separate charges are levied for professional photography or filming.
4. Guest is to be accompanied by guide at all times and not allowed to wander on their own.