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Maliau Basin

Maliau Basin
...Sabah Lost World ...

Maliau Basin is perhaps the most mysterious of all jungles in Malaysia. It looks like a volcanic caldera surrounded by cliffs and slopes up to 1500 m in heights, making it almost impossible to access on foot from most directions. But for the determined, not only is it a rich unspoiled rainforest, it boasts an awe-inspiring seven-tier waterfall. At least 80 types of orchids have been recorded, most of which are a newly discovered in Sabah. There have been talks that this lost world of Borneo could very well be Malaysia's fourth World Heritage Site.  



Maliau Basin Conservation Area
Research & Development Division
Yayasan Sabah Group
C/0 Rakyat Berjaya Sdn. Bhd.
P.O. Box 60793, Tawau. Sabah, Malaysia

Tel: (6 089) 759214 Fax:(6089)759215

Email: maliaubasin@gmail.com
Please contact the addresses below for further enquiries and booking information:
The Secretariat

Maliau Basin Conservation Area
Research & Development Division
Yayasan Sabah Group
P.O. Box 11622. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Languages Spoken: English and Bahasa Malaysia

Tel: (6 088) 326300 / 326318 Fax: (6088) 326316 / 326315
Email:albinus@icsb-sabah.com.my
 



Revealing the lost world of Borneo

In 1947, a British pilot flew from the west coast of Sabah to Tawau experienced a shock when he narrowly avoided colliding with a wall of steep cliffs emerging from the misty jungle. This incident is the first recorded mention of the Maliau Basin. The "Lost World" was recorded in the Borneo Bulletin and then quietly slipped back into obscurity..........
Then in 1988, the first expedition into the basin was made and today only about 20% has been explored......... http://prinsengineering.com

Revealing the lost world of Borneo
In 1947, a British pilot flew from the west coast of Sabah to Tawau experienced a shock when he narrowly avoided colliding with a wall of steep cliffs emerging from the misty jungle. This incident is the first recorded mention of the Maliau Basin. The "Lost World" was recorded in the Borneo Bulletin and then quietly slipped back into obscurity..........
Then in 1988, the first expedition into the basin was made and today only about 20% has been explored......... http://prinsengineering.com


Reception and Information Building at the entrance to Maliau Basin
Reception and Information Building at the entrance to Maliau Basin


Ficus dubia fruiting at Maliau attracts Borneo’s two largest hornbills
Ficus dubia fruiting at Maliau attracts Borneo’s two largest hornbills

A fruiting Ficus dubia fig tree growing next to the staff quarters at the Maliau Basin Studies Centre attracted abundant wildlife in early May 2021 including a pair of Rhinoceros hornbills and a female Helmeted hornbill.........

 

 


Ficus dubia fruits collected from Maliau Basin
Ficus dubia fruits collected from Maliau Basin

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Waterfalls & Lakes
Maliau’s Murut name for the basin means “Land of the Giant Staircase” derived from its step-like landscape and countless waterfalls – 19 falls and still counting.

A trip to the Maliau Basin takes several days, you will stay overnight in a number of camps and must be prepared for long jungle treks under sometimes difficult conditions.


Maliau Basin contains many outstanding natural features, including probably the greatest number of waterfalls anywhere in Malaysia. The most famed of these is the spectacular 7-tiered Maliau Falls on the Maliau River, the highest fall of which is a magnificent 28m. Maliau is also the home of the fabled Lake Linumunsut, Sabah's only non-oxbow lake, situated below the? outer banks of the northern escarpment.
Maliau Falls, with its seven tiers of cascading waters was breathtaking. The way to savour its magnificence is to see it from a hovering helicopter.



2017 VIDEO : Reaching the gate of Maliau Basin Conservation Area.
Maliau Basin Conservation Area is reachable by paved road from Tawau and Kota Kinabalu.
The road was paved recently years and the journey could be made by any car to the Maliau Basin Security Gate. From here onward a 4Wheel Drive needed for the gravel road into the Study Centre 27 Km further in.

The distance from Tawau to Maliau Basin Conservation Security Gate is 190 kilometres. 


A Rest-stop 2 kilometres before Park Entrance of Maliau Basine. (Driving from Kota Kinabalu direction)
Image above : A Rest-stop 2 kilometres before Park Entrance of Maliau Basine. (Driving from Kota Kinabalu direction)
 

 


Driving from KK you will come across two Rest-stop near reaching Maliau Basin.
The 1st one is 30 km before Maliau Basine
The 2nd one is 2 km before Maliau Basine
All the long distance express buses stop at either one of Rest-stop for passengers to rest. In these Rest-stops are Surau, toilets and hot foods canteens.
Salam Bumimas buses stop at the 1st 30Km Rest-stop
while TransTedar buses stop at the 2nd 2Km Rest-stop
This is a stop to eat something hot and use the toilet. Even though few kilometres is the reception building of Park Entrance Gate of Maliau, there is not much food choice except cold drink and junk chips available.
Simple toilet to ease a while. A few coins is expected in return for the facility in the deep interior of the jungle.
Pan-Borneo Highway toward Kota Kinabaly
Park Entrance to Maliau Basin 2015
Security Office - The low triangular green roofed wooden house
Reception and Information Building - The higher triangular green roofed wooden building
Do not expect hot foods from here. For that you have to go another 27Km in to Maliau Basin.

Pan-Borneo Highway
Tawau-Keningau section
190 Km from Tawau
250 Km from Kota Kinabalu


Reception and Information Building
Reception and Information Building, Security Gate and Pan-Borneo Highway
The Studies Centre is located 27km from the Security Gate of the MBCA
The Shell Maliau Basin Reception and Information Building at MBCA Security Gate was official opened in 2007


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