Overview

Sabah's Lost World

Journey deep into untouched rainforest and waterfalls to visit remote Murut communities, climb a limestone pinnacle rising above the tree canopy and trek into the depths of the Maliau Basin, to the heart of what is Sabah’s Lost World.

Starting in the coastal capital of Kota Kinabalu, you will venture inland to the Orou Sapulot region where you will experience the warm Murut communities. Sleeping in local family homestays, you will climb the 800ft limestone pinnacle Batu Punggul with your Murut guides, learn about their historic headhunting heritage and negotiate the winding waterways on an exhilarating rapid-shooting excursion. Traversing old logging roads deeper into Sabah’s centre, you will then embark on a four-day jungle trek into the Maliau Basin.

A crater of primary forest, distinctive wildlife and striking waterfalls, the Maliau Basin is a dense jungle wilderness, and with no roads, an area only explored by foot. An excellent destination for jungle trekking and wildlife spotting, nature explorers will love this trip for discovering the wealth of natural beauty on offer. A highlight includes a trek to the famous Seven Tier Maliau Falls; imposing and majestic, this is sight few travellers will ever forget.

What is Sabah's Lost World Tour?

This new and unique adventure goes boldly where few travellers go!

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Maliau Basin Addition- Danum Valley 

You also have the option to add on a four-day adventure to Danum Valley Conservation Area. Instead of departing to Tawau on the final day, you can opt to continue your adventure into the world renowned Danum Valley Field Centre. Established in 1986 for scientific research, the centre has evolved to allow travellers with a keen interest in wildlife and rainforest to come and stay at the centre while exploring the many surrounding trials. With our experienced nature guides, you'll have the best chance to see many of the famous Bornean wildlife on your treks and night safaris.

We can also arrange onward travel to the nearby Semporna Archipelago for scuba and snorkel enthusiasts, or for those simply looking to unwind on wide sand beaches after a challenging jungle adventure!

Please contact us for details. 

Itinerary

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World Itinerary

Day  Location
1 Arrive Kota Kinabalu
2 Journey to your Murut Homestay in Orou Sapulot
3 Trek the 800ft limestone pinnacle, Batu Punggul
4 Go 'rapid-shooting' into the heart of Sabah
Transfer to Maliau Basin
6 Trek to the Nepenthese Camp
7 Visit the famous Maliau Falls before trekking to Ginseng Camp
8 Trek to the Agathis Camp for a final jungle dinner
9 Depart the Maliau Basin to Tawau city
10-12 Optional 3 day Danum Valley Adventure add-on
 

 

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World Detailed Itinerary

Day

Trekking

 

Info

1

 

 

You will arrive in the coastal city of Kota Kinabalu and be transferred to your comfortable city hotel before meeting your group leader and other guests for a trip briefing and welcome drink.

2

 

 

Today you will head 2 hours inland to the small market town of Keningau before journeying onwards by 4x4  and longboat to the Orou Sapulot Pungiton Camp, where you will be met by your local Murut guide. After a short introduction to the Murut culture, you will spend the afternoon discovering the unexplored Pungiton Cave system before returning to camp to enjoy a swim in the river. Enjoy dinner and watch the night sky from the eating area before falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle.

(B,L,D)

3

 800ft pinnacle trek

 

Today will be an early start to try and reach the summit of Batu Punggul, the 800ft limestone pinnacle that rises out of the jungle. The adventurous can attempt to scramble to the top for stunning views of the surrounding rainforest. After a picnic lunch at the base, you will be transferred to a nearby waterfall for an afternoon of relaxation and swimming. Tonight, you will sleep overnight in a simple hut by the waterfall.

(B,L,D)

4

 

 

After breakfast, you will travel to the Salung Jetty to embark on the exhilarating ‘rapid shooting’ deep into the Borneo interior, almost reaching the Kalimantan border.  The unique ‘rapid shooting’ consists of heading both up and down river in a traditional wooden boat powered by an outboard engine. Throughout the day you be able to observe the many Murut villages a situated on the riverbank and discover a nearby hidden waterfall.

Upon returning to the jetty, we will spend tonight in a modern village house overlooking the surrounding valleys. The cultural highlight of the trip, we will be treated to a night of Murut food, rice wine and local dancing.

(B,L,D)

5

  6km,

3 hrs

 

After breakfast, you will say your goodbyes to your Murut hosts before heading overland three hours to the World Heritage listed Maliau Basin. After check in, you will take a short transfer to Agathis camp where there is a cooling river to swim in before an evening 4x4 wildlife safari.

(B,L,D)

6

 7km,

5 hrs

 

After breakfast, you will pack up and trek through the rainforest for 7 km to the Nepenthes Camp constructed by the Camel Trophy Expedition in 1993. You will spend the afternoon bird watching  from a 33m high platform, before a short trek to the beautiful Takob Akob and Giluk Falls. You will spend the night at the Nepenthes Camp.

(B,L,D)

7

12km,

8 hrs

 

If lucky, you will wake to the calls of the magnificent, and extremely rare, Borneo Gibbon. Today, you will trek along the lowland Dipterocarp Forests for about 5 hrs to the famous Maliau Waterfalls, undisputed jewel of the Maliau Basin. Maliau Waterfalls is a spectacular seven-tiered waterfall, the highest of which is an imposing 28m high. You will trek to the Ginseng Camp for dinner and overnight.

(B,L,D)

8

 9km,

6 hrs

 

After breakfast, you will take a quick visit to the nearby and picturesque Ginseng Falls before trekking back to Agathis Camp with several stops for lunch and rest. Wait for the sounds of the rainforest to erupt at dusk while enjoying a final meal in the rainforest.

(B,L,D)

9

  6km,

3 hrs

 

You will have a final morning trek back to the Maliau Basin Head Quarters before transferring to the small city of Tawau where you will check into your comfortable city hotel and have the chance to arrange laundry etc before enjoying a stunning Sabah sunset over the the Sulu Sea.

Alternatively, join our three day Danum Valley add-on for a chance to see some of Borneo famous wildlife up close. Or ask us about onward travel to the idyllic Semporna Archipelago for scuba diving and snorkelling.

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Cost

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World cost £2,795.00

INCLUDES

  • Accommodation throughout expedition
  • All meals listed in detailed itinerary (B,L,D)
  • 4x4 or coach transport throughout expedition
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides and assistant porters
  • Meals throughout expedition (excluding lunches and dinners in Kota Kinabalu)
  • UK administration and organisation of your trip
  • In country team staff on hand for any emergencies.

EXCLUDES

  • International Flights to Kota Kinabalu
  • Meals not listed in the detailed itinerary
  • Additional drinks & snacks
  • Vaccinations/Anti-Malarials
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Visa- see here.

Payments

We make payments as flexible as possible and give you control over what you pay and when you pay it. A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. Therefore you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.

Fitness

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World 

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World - Fitness and Terrain

To trek the land of Maliau Basin requires good physical fitness as the trails range from easy to steep and the terrain can be challenging. This adventure involves three days of trekking and lots of up and down the hills, so it is recommended that visitors are reasonably fit and able to endure 6 to 8 hours of trekking per day. Remember to take it easy, pace yourself and enjoy the surroundings. The heat and humidity can be overwhelming at first but after a few days your body acclimatises to this environment.

During your stay at the Orou Sapulot Homestays, you will have the option to climb an 800ft limestine pinnacle rising straight from the rainforest floor. This requires a certain degree of fitness and balance and the rock face can be sharp.

Though a porter is provided to carry food supplies, trekkers are responsible for carrying their own personal belongings and water, unless they are willing to pay an extra fee for additional porters. Trekkers stay at campsites equipped with basic facilities where your guide will officially be the ‘jungle chef.’

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World - Rainforest

The rainforest is a surprisingly clean and pure place to visit. The canopy offers excellent shade from the intense sun keeping temperatures cooler than in the cities. However, it can be very humid and you will need to continually drink water. It is important to bring 2-3 litres of water with you and have frequent sips of water during the trek. You may want to use rehydration salt or tablets in your water to replenish loss of minerals to avoid muscle cramp. There is piped water at Agathis Camp and Ginseng Camp, and at Lobah Camp, which is the highest point of the trip, the water source is collected from rain water and is first used for drinking and cooking, then for cleaning and showers.

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World - Homestays

After leaving Kota Kinabalu, you will be staying in homestays in the Orou Sapulot region with the Murut community. These homestays are comfortable but simple guest houses run by local families and will have beds with mattresses and bedding, and clean cold water bathrooms. You will have a separate room to the family, but may have to share with other guests in some cases.

Maliau Basin: Sabah's Lost World - Camps

When trekking in the Maliau Basin, you will be sleeping in simple camps with shared eating and lounge facilities, cold water bathrooms and simple stretcher hammock dormitories. 

Do's and Don't's In The Maliau Basin Conservation Area

  • No hunting is allowed
  • Fire arms are absolutely forbidden.
  • No collecting or trapping of any plant or animal specimens
  • No slashing of vegetation or cutting of new trails
  • No graffiti on rocks or trees
  • All litter / rubbish must be brought out
  • Visitors must only stay in the designated campsites
  • Campfires can be lit only under the supervision of Rangers

 

 

Why Us

Why Choose Adventure Alternative for Your Maliau Basin Sabah's Lost World Trip?

  • We tailor this trip to ensure trekkers get as much time as possible out in the rainforest and staying with local Murut communities, getting up close and personal for an authentic Borneo adventure.
  • We have our own company, offices and very experienced western and local staff based in Borneo so we never outsource to other companies. They have years of experience living, working and travelling in Borneo, exploring its attractions, managing logistics in-country and looking after visitors. 
  • Our staff spend time researching new locations and activities to ensure that you will visit the most exciting and adventurous destinations, far from any hordes of other travellers. Our trips are unique and often we are the only company visiting some of our more remote wildlife and trekking areas.
  • Adventure Alternative is built on a model of ethical business practices and responsible travel ethos. Our awards for 'Best Personal Contribution' in 2009 and 'Best for Poverty Reduction' in 2013 highlight our commitment to these principles.
  • Adventure Alternative is independently assessed to conform to British Standard 8848, Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom.
  • We are members of Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.

 

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Key Information
  • Duration 9 days or 12 days
  • Numbers 2 minimum
  • Comfort Moderate to Tough
  • Accommodation Lodges, Homestay, Camps
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