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Borneo's Lost World: The Magnificent Maliau Basin

Push your body to the limit as you take a challenging trek into the heart of Borneo’s primeval rainforest. You will be one of the only people in the world to venture into this area. Travel into the stunning Maliau Basin and discover a whole new side to nature on this six-day Borneo’s Lost World itinerary. The trip begins in quaint Kota Kinabalu and voyages into the wild in the Maliau Basin, where you will enjoy the trek of a lifetime. 

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  • Trek across the wild rainforest in Borneo Go where few have gone as you enter the heart of the Maliau Basin
  • See rare monkey species romping around their natural habitat
  • Spot over 150 different mammal species residing in the lush treetops of the basin
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Begin your travels in charming Kota Kinabalu. The area is Borneo’s cultural epicenter. The harbor is a stunning sight as it plays host to colorful boats, clear waters and soft, white sand. If you like, explore your surroundings a bit after your journey before tucking in for the night at the luxurious Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru.

Day 2
Maliau Basin Gate

It’s time to step away from everyday comforts and take a leap into unknown territory. Fly to Tawau early in the morning and then drive five to six hours to the Maliau Basin Gate. The Maliau Basin Gate is known as the “Lost World of Sabah,” for its ethereal beauty and remoteness. Do not expect to have a cell phone signal once you’re about an hour outside the park. Overnight at the comfortable Agathis Camp. If you like, embark on a night safari in search of nocturnal animals - remembering, of course, that you have a full day of trekking ahead of you tomorrow.

Day 3
Maliau Basin

Start the day by trekking the near 4.5-mile path to the Camel Trophy Camp. This usually takes about six hours from the rim of the basin. This was the first permanent meeting camp in the area. It sits at the base of the lower montane forest. Enjoy a fresh lunch at the camp. That afternoon, take a two-hour trek to Takob-Akob Falls. The Falls is nearly 330-feet-high and incredibly gorgeous. Sit and enjoy the rushing water before returning to camp.

Day 4
Maliau Basin

After breakfast, trek about 4-5 hours through a montane and heath forest on your way to Maliau Falls Junction. Perhaps you will spy one of the 150 mammal species living among the trees. Lunch at Lobah Camp before continuing on to Maliau Falls, where you will be rewarded with stunning views of this seven-tier waterfall. You will have an incredible view of the massive Basin Rim, which stretches 15 miles in diameter. Spend the evening at Ginseng Camp.

Day 5
Maliau Basin

After breakfast begin the beautifulf seven-hour trek back to the Agathis Camp. Watch the treetops and you might spy one of the forest's many varieties of monkeys as your breathe in the fragrant scents of the forest. Once you reach the Agathis Camp, the rest of the day is yours to relax and explore before turning in for a much deserved night's sleep.

Day 6
Tawau-Kota Kinabalu or Kuala Lumpur

Begin your journey back to Tawau by car, arriving at the airport at approximately 14:00. Here, you have the option to fly back to Kota Kinabalu, where you can spend some leisure time by the aqua-blue sea, or to fly to lively Kuala Lumpur. Either begin your travels home or extend your holiday in Malaysia.


Suggested Accommodations

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru

Located just 10 minutes from the center of Kota Kinabalu, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort’s 492 rooms are divided between two wings – the Kinabalu Wing, with views of the ocean and Mt. Kinabalu, and the Tanjung Wing, with views of the South China Sea. All rooms come with complimentary broadband Internet access and satellite television. Dining options include Café Tatu for breakfast and dinner, where a variety of open cooking stations offer Mongolian, Tandoori, Asian noodles, dim sum, pasta, and more; Coco Joe’s Bar & Grill, a beach barbecue restaurant; Peppino for Italian and Mediterranean in a chic setting; and Shang Palace for gourmet, traditional Chinese. There are also three bar/lounge options. The property’s CHI Spa comprises five individual Island Villas, three Couples’ Villas and an open Yoga Pavilion, all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort’s private island, and there is also a state-of-the-art health club with juice bar and sauna. The Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort is a 10-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu Airport.

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