4D3N Borneo Jungle Trek - Maliau Basin (Sabah's Lost World)

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Availability

Everyday (Pre-Book Needed)

Activity Duration

4 Days 3 Night

Nearest City

Lahad Datu Town

Destination

Maliau Basin

Language

english

Suitable For

adult

Package Type

Join In Group

Pick Up Point

Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City

Pick Up Time

6:30AM (Other Timings Can Be Arranged)

Overview

Crave for an experience of an adventure jungle trekking with the natural beauty and astounding scenery of Borneo’s last great wilderness, is Sabah’s Lost World Maliau Basin. This awe-inspiring biological wonderland is arduous to reach, and well suited for those who do not mind being away from the city comforts and are adequately fit.

What is so astounding about Maliau is its absolutely untouched rainforest that grows within the Basin areas with its forest vegetation that changes composition with altitude, Maliau Basin bounded by escarpment reaching over 1, 675 Meters above sea level where stands an utterly different health forest structure altogether.

It is a haven to experience Maliau Basin, trekkers with keen interest in bird watching easily lost track of time with the numbers of birds sighting it has to offer. Then there is for those who take keen in nature photography, the magnificent beauty of Maliau Fall is the highlight that also offers refreshing cool swim after a tired day trek.

Be astonished with the chance of seeing the diversity of mammal here, where gibbons’ call filled up the early morning and small but easily spotted Red Leaf monkeys swinging high above the canopy. Another fascinating mammal to look out for is the flying lemur. This peculiar mammal is an arboreal climber and glider with webbed feet and claws.

Presently Maliau Basin tour involves a five-day round trek from the nearest road access. It is an all camping jungle trekking expedition, with a low-impact adventure and wildlife tourism concepts. Maliau Basin awaits those adventurous at heart to experience her enthralling wonders and be lost in its natures splendor.

Did You Know?

Maliau Basin is not a crater or an extinct volcano; it is an uplifted plateau which has eroded in the middle giving it its saucer-like shape. There is only one river draining out of the whole Basin - the Maliau River! Because of its unique geological formation of sandstone & mudstone, Maliau is thought to have the highest number of waterfalls anywhere in Malaysia!


Tour Highlights

  • Jungle Trekking and exploration of Sabah's Lost World Maliau Basin
  • Discover untouched rainforest and changing forest vegetation bounded by escarpment reaching over 1,675M above sea level
  • Breathtaking views of Maliau rainforest in the morning
  • Visit spectacular 7-tiered Maliau Waterfalls
  • Experience Amazing Wildlife and Bird Watching
  • Jungle Night Drive or Night Walk

General Itinerary

DAY 1
Kota Kinabalu/ Keningau/ Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC)

Lunch | Dinner
Maliau Basin Studies Centre
Land Transfer
  • Hotel Pick Up

    Estimated pick up time: 6.30am

    Meet and pick up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu. Depart for 2 hours drive to the small town in Keningau, passing by the scenic mountainous view of Crocker Range.

  • Keningau Town

    Arrive at Keningau Town. Visit local coffee shop for a coffee break or do some last minute shopping.

  • Maliau Basin Conservation Area

    Continue journey to Sabah’s Lost World, Maliau Basin Conservation Area. Be prepared for a bumpy ride due to gravel road condition at certain areas.

  • Lunch

    Rest for a short while to have your lunch.

  • Maliau Basin Studies Centre

    Proceed along the gravel road for another 1.5 hour drive to the Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC). Pygmy elephants and wild cattle (banteng) are frequently seen in this area.

  • Lodge Check In

    Upon arrival, registration and check-in to the accommodation. Freshen up. Visit the Sky Bridge (400m‐long canopy walkway and suspended 22m above forests floor) and trek the Nature Trail for an introduction of the rainforest.

  • Dinner

    Your dinner will be served at the lodge.

  • Night Drive

    If weather permits, enjoy a night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife; species most often encountered are wild boar sambar deer, civet etc.

  • Overnight

    Return back to MBSC for a good night rest.

DAY 2
MBSC/ Agathis Camp/ Ginseng Camp/ Ginseng Falls/ Ginseng Camp

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ginseng Camp
Land Transfer
  • Breakfast

    Breakfast and pack up for your next adventure.

  • Agathis Camp

    Depart for Agathis Camp (1.5 hours drive) nestled in hill mixed dipterocarp forest. Agathis Camp is 8.82 KM away from Maliau Basin Studies Centre and located at the southern-most edge of Maliau Basin Conservation Area, about 20 KM to the north of the Security Gate and 500 Meters above sea level. Upon arrival, you may leave your main luggage at the store room of Agathis Camp and bring only the necessary.

  • Ginseng Camp Trekking

    Let the Adventure begins! From Agathis Camp, trek through the rainforest for 9 KM to reach Ginseng Camp.

  • Lunch

    Stop halfway and recharge yourself with the well-deserved lunch.

  • Ginseng Falls

    Depart for Ginseng Falls which is 200 Meters away from Ginseng Camp

  • Dinner

    Head back to Ginseng Camp from Ginseng Falls to have your dinner.

  • Overnight

    Spend your night at the Ginseng Camp.

DAY 3
Ginseng Camp/ Maliau Falls/ Ginseng Camp

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ginseng Camp
Land Transfer
  • Breakfast

    Breakfast and pack up your stuff to continue your journey.

  • Maliau Falls

    Trek 6.5 KM along the lowland Dipterocarp Forests to Maliau Falls junction, situated between Maliau Waterfall and Ginseng Camp.

  • Lunch

    Upon arrival at Maliau Falls junction. Stop for lunch and rest.

  • Maliau Waterfall

    Proceed for a 5 KM downhill trek to Maliau Waterfall. Along the trails you will pass by Lobah Camp which give you an awesome panoramic view of Maliau Basin rim. The awesome Maliau Waterfalls, the most famed and undisputed jewel in the crown of Maliau Basin. Maliau waterfall is a spectacular seven-tiered waterfall cascading over and over into Maliau River, the highest fall of which is a magnificent 28 Meters fall.

  • Ginseng Camp

    Depart Maliau Waterfalls and return to Ginseng Camp via the same trails. It takes about 5 KM to Ginseng Camp from Maliau Waterfall. Expected arrival at Ginseng Camp.

  • Dinner

    Dinner will be served at the camp

  • Overnight

    Relax and rest the night at the camp

DAY 4
Ginseng Map/ Agathis Camp/ Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast | Lunch
Land Transfer
  • Breakfast

    Breakfast and prepare to check out from the lodge.

  • Maliau Basin Observation Tower

    Depart Ginseng Camp and drop by the 4‐storeys Maliau Basin Observation Tower which offers a spectacular morning views of the rainforest and journey back to Kota Kinabalu

  • Lunch

    Arrive at Agates Camp for your own lunch

  • Return Transfer

    Proceed to the main gate. Return to Kota Kinabalu and you will be transferred back to your hotel / airport.

Inclusions

Accommodation
3 Nights Accommodation
Pick-Up & Drop-Off Service
Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off (Shared), Land Transportation (Shared)
Food & Drink
Breakfast, Lunch, Packed Lunch, Dinner, Meals as Stated
Guide
English-Speaking Guide, Forest Ranger cum Radioman
Fees & Charges
Permits & Conservation Fees
Others
VHF Radio Rental

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Recommended Attire

  • Quick Dry T-shirt
  • Trekking Pants
  • Comfortable Trekking Shoes/Boots
  • Leech Socks

Things You Might Want to Bring

  • Change of Clothes and extra socks
  • Waterproof Backpack
  • Raincoat
  • Head Torch
  • Trekking Pole
  • Insect Repellent
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Personal First Aid Kit and Medication
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Porter Fees
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping Bag

Things You Should Know

  • This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years old as it is much physical demanding during the tour.
  • This trek is not suitable for the faint-hearted as there are four vertical ladders to traverse.
  • Special permission is needed and separate charges are levied for professional photography or filming.
  • Guest is to be accompanied by guide at all times and not allowed to wander on their own.
  • The camp is very basic and you must be prepared to rough it out. However your meals will be well-taken care of.
  • Humidity is high in the jungle, hence you must drink enough water to prevent dehydration throughout the trekking.
  • The tour can be done throughout the whole year. That being said, dry season is usually between March to October.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.

Important Things to Note

  • This tour package is based on join-in basis of shared guide and transportation. 
  • Activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situations.
  • We reserve the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • All guests must purchase Personal Travel Insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation and submit to us a copy of the policy.
  • Guest must submit to us a latest fitness certificate confirmed by physician or doctor. You need to have a good physical fitness as you are required to be outdoor most of the time.

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