Trip Overview


Trip Details

Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu to Maliau Basin

You'll be met by your driver early and hit the road to the Maliau Basin with a pit-stop in Keningau along the way. Reaching the Maliau Basin just after lunch there is plenty of time to visit the Maliau Basin Information Gallery, check in and then explore the Maliau "Sky Bridge" and Nature Trail. After dinner you'll take a short night walk for wildlife spotting - this is when bird photography is at it's best (they're sleeping so they don’t fly away!). (L, D).

Day 2: Maliau Basin Studies Centre to Agathis Camp to Nephenthes Camp

After breakfast you'll take a short drive to Agathis Camp where you'll begin your trek to Nephenthes Camp. Today is a 5-6 hour trek over the rim of the basin. Once you reach camp you can rest easy, or if you're up for it, continue to the Takop Akop waterfall (an extra 2.5km from camp). (B, L, D)

Day 3: Nephenthes Camp to Kota Kinabalu

First thing this morning you'll visit the 33m high observation tower to look for birds and enjoy the majestic view. Your guide will then take you to visit the spectacular, seven-tiered, 28m Maliau waterfall. After lunch and a swim, you'll move onto Ginseng Camp where you'll stay the night. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Ginseng Camp to Agathis Camp to Maliau Basin Studies Centre

Today you'll trek back to the Maliau Basin Studies Centre where you'll stay the evening. There is the option again, of night walks for more nocturnal wildlife spotting. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Maliau Basin Studies Centre to Kota Kinabalu

Today you'll return to Kota Kinabalu but not before stopping at the 4-storey Observation Tower for a final picture of the Maliau Rim. You'll be driven right to your hotel for a well-earned rest! (B, L)

Additional Options

As well as this 5-day tour, we can organise shorter, three or four-day tours in the Maliau Basin for you. Contact us for an itinerary.

About the Area

About the Area

The Maliau Basin Conservation Area

Only discovered in 1947 by a British pilot flying overhead, the Maliau Basin is one of the only remaining relatively-untouched areas of forest in Borneo.

Also known as Sabah’s ‘Lost World’, the Maliau Basin is about the size of Singapore and surrounded on all sides by steep slopes reaching over 1675m high, insurmountable by foot in all directions. The almost circular Basin (encompassing over 390 square kilometers) is a self-contained ecosystem. The whole basin is a single water catchment, drained only by the Maliau River, which flows through a gorge in the southeast of the Basin. The point where the Maliau River exits the basin is the only entry point. It’s this inaccessibility that has saved the Basin from discovery and exploration until the first scientific expedition in 1988.

To date, only about 2,000 people have set foot in the Maliau Basin and less than 50% of the area has been explored. There are no roads inside the conservation area and the closest towns (Tawau or Keningau) are a 4-5 hour drive away. This is a truly unique and unspoilt area.

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.

"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



We can arrange your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu the night before your tour and the night after if you would like us to. We use quality 4-star hotels such as The Horizon so you’ll have a lovely stay.


Accommodation in the Maliau Basin is all guesthouse or hostel style. The Maliau Basin Studies Centre includes a chalet, rest house and hostel accommodation facilities and the Camps are permanent, complete with either bunk beds or hammock-style beds, showers, toilets and solar electricity so you'll be happy as Larry!

Fitness and Safety

Fitness and safety

Fitness Levels

This is a jungle trek with varying terrain so you will need a fairly good level of fitness. You should walking for at least an hour three times a week and be able to walk for at least 3 hours, ideally including some hills.


This is fully guided tour. Under no circumstances will you be left alone to make your way to the next camp. All guides are trained in first aide and there will be a complete first aide kit in case of emergency. There is the option of carrying your own pack or utilising porters if you wish.


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.

Tour Costs

Tour Costs

Please contact us for total cost as the cost will vary on your exact itinerary. Please see inclusions and exclusions below.

The tour cost includes

  • All transfers from Kota Kinabalu
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation in the Maliau Basin
  • Experienced, local English-speaking guide
  • First Aud support in case of emergency

The tour cost excludes:

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • international airfares
  • Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu (but we can organise this for you if you prefer
  • A porter (available upon request)
  • Additional meals outside those noted in the itinerary
  • Any additional purchases such as souvenirs

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