Maliau Basin

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Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA) is located in central Sabah, one of two east Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, MBCA is accessible from Tawau or Kota Kinabalu and takes about 4 to 5-hour drive. The 4WD vehicle is recommended as part of the journey on dirt and gravel road.  Also known as Sabah’s Lost World, Maliau Basin is a huge bowl of pristine forests described as one of the few remaining untouched wilderness areas in the world and one of Sabah’s greatest natural treasures, apart from having a stunning wealth of life, Maliau Basin also provide shelter to some of the rarest creatures on earth.

Maliau Basin Rim


If you are nature explorers, you will simply love Maliau Basin as it is an excellent site for jungle trekking, bird watching, nature photography, night drive to spot nocturnal wildlife, waterfall swimming, and recreation. Also simply experiencing the thrill of being in a truly unspoiled wilderness.


The mystical Maliau Basin contains many amazing natural features including the greatest number of waterfalls in Malaysia such as the majestic 7-tiered Maliau Falls on the Maliau River with 28m height, Ginseng Falls, Giluk Falls, and Takob Akob Waterfalls. Maliau is also the home of fabled Lake Linumunsut, Sabah’s only non-oxbow lake. The astonishing view of the waterfalls had become one of the Maliau attractions in Maliau Basin.


Take the chances to see the stunning view from the ‘Sky Bridge’ where you can see the rainforest from different perspectives while offering you the thrill of walking on a cable sky-high bridge above the forest floor.  Maliau Basin expedition is for the truly geeky at heart when it comes to nature, you need to be prepared physically to trek along with our challenging trail networks through lowland and hill dipterocarp forest.


Major expeditions in Maliau Basin had reveal 1,800 species, including at least 6 types of pitcher plant and more than 80 species of orchid, several of which are new records for Sabah. The rare Rafflesia tengku-adlinii has also been found in Maliau Basin, one of only two known localities in Sabah and 2 species completely new to science, a tree and a moss, have so far been discovered.


Maliau Basin is the home of Sabah’s most endangered wildlife species, including the Banteng, Orang Utan and Proboscis Monkey. Others among the over 80 mammal species so far confirmed include Borneon Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard and Malaysian Sunbear. More than 35 species of amphibian have so far been found, including a frog which makes its home in pitcher plants! Maliau has also yielded new species of fish, crab, and water beetle, with no doubt many more species still to be discovered among its rich biodiversity. Over more than 300 birds list including the spectacular Bulwer’s Pheasant and Bornean Bristle-head can be found at Maliau Basin. In fact, Maliau has become a global hot spot for birds biodiversity with no less than one-quarter of the bird species present listed as threatened or near threatened by IUCN (the World Conservation Union).

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