Imbak Canyon

“Another safe haven for the rare and endangered species of Bornean wildlife and biodiversity, Imbak Canyon has its own persona for adventure sensation.  Overnight in a first-class research facility set within the hidden valley that nestled in between Maliau Basin and Danum Valley.  Trek into the wilderness with our knowledgeable guide and you may encounter some of the common wildlife as well as the rarely seen.  Along the way, you will also experience walking underneath the numerous tall & magnificent tropical trees and listening to the refreshing sound of the Imbak Waterfall as you approach it.”




Activities Include:

Experience trekking underneath the main forest canopy, comprises of hardwood species, to spot the 250-years old Big Belian Tree, and observe different types of the living symbioses from lowland to the hill forests.

Spy these critically endangered bird species, the Helmeted Hornbill and the Blue-banded Kingfisher near the Imbak Falls, located at the mouth of the Canyon, along with the other 202 bird species.

Hit on the road after dark with the night drive journey to spot those nocturnal becoming more engaging, alive, and about to begin their usual routine.

Grab the chance to get together with the scientists whom on the verge of their researches on unveiling new species.


Imbak Canyon is one of the conservation areas in Sabah, Borneo. Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) is a sweeping swath of unspoiled forest, north of the famous Maliau Basin Conservation Area. ICCA is 30 000 hectares and encompasses two rigid top virgin Jungle Reserve plus Canyon Itself and makes a significant contribution to the coverage of protected areas in the center of Sabah. ICCA consist of undisturbed pristine lowland rainforest dominated by dipterocarp trees.


If the weather permits you can have a chance to swim at Imbak waterfalls and other recreational activities such as picnic and photography. If you are bird lovers, then Imbak Canyon would be a heaven for you. 245 mammals species have been recorded in and around ICCA, there is also 5 species of birds that Endemic to Borneo can be seen in Imbak Canyon. Blue Headed Pitta, White Browed Shama, Black Throated Wren-babbler, Bornean Blue Flycatcher and Bornean Bristlehead.


imbak canyon waterfall

There is 2 known distinctive waterfall in this canyon, namely the Imbak Waterfalls and the 8-tier Waterfalls. The Imbak waterfall located at the entrance to the Imbak Canyon and it is 30m wide. The 120 m tall, 8-tier waterfall was discovered in 2004 by Raleigh International Volunteers, it is located on the northern ridge of Imbak Canyon.


ICCA has rich plant biodiversity with over 600 species recorded to date, making the area potentially important as sources of undiscovered plant-based medicine. The uniqueness of the 32 species plants that endemic to Borneo may arouse your interest to visit the forest. Interestingly, besides the commercial Kayu Balak, Imbak canyon conservation also potentially important as a source of undiscovered plant-based medicine.


As of 2012, 9 species of primates, including Orangutan and proboscis monkey are found in ICCA. The primates that are known to make Imbak Canyon as their home are Orangutan, Grey Leaf Monkey, Proboscis Monkey, Bornean Gibbon, Silvered Leaf Monkey, Red Leaf Monkey, Western Tarsier, Pig-Tailed Macaque, and Long Tail Macaque. There are currently 81 species of mammals recorded in Imbak Canyon. Mammals that are commonly seen are the Giant Squirrel (Ratufa affinis), Bearded Pig (Sus barbatus) and Borneon red muntjac (Muntiacus muntjac). Sometimes the Malay Civet and Plain pygmy squirrel can also be seen. The Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Banded linsang and clouded leopard are also part of the inhabitant of Imbak Canyon. Imbak canyon is home to over 200 species of birds including species endemic to Borneo such as the blue-headed pitta, Black-throated wren-babbler, Bornean blue-flycatcher, and the rare Bornean bristlehead as well as all 8 species of Hornbill. Other species include the spectacular flycatcher and pittas.

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