Maliau Basin Trek
Maliau Basin, a 130M-year-old virgin rainforest, is known as Sabah's Lost World and one of the most untouched places on earth. Maliau is home to wildlife such as pygmy elephants, wild boar, deer and the elusive clouded leopard. Here, you can do a safari drive and a multi-day hike to the seven-tiered Maliau Falls.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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How do I get there?
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and take you on a pretty long drive (6.5 hours) south, so bring some music and snacks and settle in for a road trip around the Sabah countryside! To get to Kota Kinabalu you will need to get a flight from any of the major airports in Malaysia or from many of the regional ones. If you are already in Borneo you can travel overland by bus from a few of the main cities.
Do I need to go with a guide?
A guide will help you plan the logistics of the trip, arrange transport, cook yummy meals at camp and best of all, provide context to what you're seeing around you. The providers we have listed here are jungle specialists who can spot the wildlife hiding among the trees, tell you all about the interesting insects (such as the dead leaf mantis) you see along the way and show you what plants you can eat if you're ever stuck in the jungle. They're also pretty awesome at telling stories - and there are a lot of stories to be told about the ancient Maliau Basin!
Do I need to train up?
<b>3 day option:</b> This trek is relatively relaxed, with only short walks (1-2 hours at a time) into the jungle for wildlife spotting. You do not need to train up for this. <b>4 day option:</b> This trek requires trekking of 6-7 hours a day for 3 days with your belongings*, with some rough terrain in part. The trek is of easy-moderate intensity overall so if you are reasonably fit, you will not need to train up for this. <b>5 day option:</b> The 5 day trek is more intense as there is a steep 3km uphill climb on one of the days. This trek is of moderate intensity overall and requires trekking of 6-7 hours a day for 4 days with your belongings*. If you do not do regular exercise, some training for uphill trekking may be required. <small>*Please note that for the 4 and 5 day treks, although a porter is provided to carry food supplies, hikers are responsible for carrying in their own personal belongings, lunch pack (provided by the guide) and water, unless they are willing to pay an extra fee for additional porters.</small>
What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are April, May, June, July, August, September, October
We recommend the above period because you would have good weather.
Is there anything else I should know?
The Maliau Basin Authority requires travellers to have travel insurance which covers helicopter evacuation so please do make sure that you have that as we would require a copy of your policy before your trip.
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