Cycle the Imbak Canyon, Malaysian Borneo
This fabulous four-day tour will have you cycling through the villages and lush tropical green rainforest of unique Borneo. Cycle straight into the heart of the jungle and trek your way to the amazing Imbak Canyon waterfall - this is getting back to nature at it's best.
Day 0: Arrive in Lahud Datu
As soon as you set down in Laud Datu, we will have staff meet you and transfer you to your hotel where you can rest and relax for the evening.
Day 1: On your bike!
You'll be met at your hotel and driven to Kampung Imbak. You'll then cycle 40km on gravel, jungle road from Kampung Imbak to the Imbak Canyon Research Centre where you will stay tonight. (BF, L, D)
Day 2: Walking and waterfalls
Today you’ll be on foot. Trek your way through the jungle towards Imbak Waterfall and Imbak River. This trail includes crossing a Kangkawat Suspension Bridge will not only bring you an adventurous outdoor experience but also the opportunity to learn and appreciate the flora and fauna of the tropical jungle. After all the walking, cool off with a lovely swim at the waterfall before heading back to the Imbak Canyon Research Centre guesthouse for the evening. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Back on your bike…
After breakfast you'll cycle further in the jungle and exit out towards the direction of Luasong (~60km). You’ll stay tonight at the Luasong Resthouse. (BF, L, D)
Day 4: Leasing to Lahud Datu
After breakfast, you'll be driven back to Lahad Datu to either continue your travels or to transfer home. (B)
About the area
The Imbak Canyon is one of Borneo’s greatest natural secrets. Sitting in the middle of Sabah, this 3km-wide valley flanked by 25km ridges made from towering sandstone cliffs is a must-see for nature enthusiasts. This impressive landscape is fa result of the flow of the Imbak River over thousands of years. Picture the grand canyon filled with 30,000 hectares of 100 million year-old forest and you have the Imbak Canyon!
Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states that make up Malaysia. Sabah is a unique melting pot of culture, wildlife, beaches, forest and unbelievable food. Sabah has an impressive list of treasures including the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia; one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu; huge areas of protected and unspoilt forest such as the Danum Valley and Maliau Basin; and one of top 10 dive sites in the world - Sipadan Island. You’ll find something for everyone in Sabah.
Life on Earth is not evenly spread around our planet. Borneo – the world's third largest island - is one of its richest treasure-houses, full of an immense variety of wild animals and plants, all living in a magnificent tropical forest. - Sir David Attenborough
The guesthouses in the Imbak Canyon were originally set up for scientists and film-makers who were visiting for research and to make a BBC documentary on the biodiversity of the area. Accommodation is dormitory-style and fairly basic, but comfortable and clean. You’ll often see animal wandering through the camp including orangutan, pygmy elephant, sambar deer, sun bear, mouse deer, proboscis monkey, gibbon and Sumatran rhinoceros if you are lucky!
We quote every tour individually based on your needs and wants. The price will be confirmed once itinerary is finalised. The cost of our tours include and exclude the following:
The tour cost will include
- Local guide with English, Malay, French and German languages
- Accommodation as listed in itinerary
- Meals as listed in itinerary (BF, L, D)
- National park and conservation fees
- All transfers as listed in itinerary
- Bike hire
- Support vehicle
The tour cost will exclude
- Airport departure taxes if required
- International airfares
- Travel insurance
- Additional meals and purchases if required
Not ready to leave just yet?
This tour works well with all of our other tours in Malaysian Borneo. You can easily tack on a trip to the Sepilok orangutan centre, turtle island or a stay in a dive resort.
Fitness and safety
A rewarding challenge with fantastic support
This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you so you’ll have time to sit back and take it all in.
We even tell you what to pack!
Borneo’s climate is tropical, with temperatures ranging between a humid 22 to 34 degrees during the day. Depending on the time of year, it will likely rain during the day, particularly between November and February in monsoon season so you need to be prepared and always carry something dry to change into. We will provide you with an example of a suitable packing list based on suggestions from our guides and previous travellers.