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Maliau Basin Conservation Area

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Maliau Basin Conservation Area

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petersjsim wrote a review Oct 2020
Tawau, Malaysia1,955 contributions119 helpful votes
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My second trip in three years to this remote forest in the centre of Sabah, Malaysia is just rewarding. In the middle of the COVID-19 invasion worldwide, we took a break from all kinds of movement restrictions to the jungle to enjoy its natural environment and inhabitants. Though the accommodation in the Studies Centre may have rundown due to the movement restrictions, the visit is still worthwhile.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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George Vlad wrote a review Jan 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom86 contributions8 helpful votes
Maliau Basin is the only location I've visited in Sabah where there weren't any oil palm plantations nearby. Great for wildlife and conservation.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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olistamm wrote a review Jun 2019
Shanghai, China51 contributions14 helpful votes
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I came past Maliau Basin Conversation Area as I was driving from KK via the Southern Route from Kota Kinabalu to Semporna. For such a trip, it's conveniently located between Keningau / Sapulot and Tawau. Going there not on a tour but single-handed, I had to check-in at the main gate close to the main road Keningau - Tawau and from there drive another roughly 20km to the Maliau Basin Conservation Area. Before they let me do the drive, they wanted to check whether there is accommodation available. There are different possibilities ranging from bunk beds, guesthouse to your own villa. I chose the guesthouse which was 200 RM per night for students. Quite expensive for Malaysia but it was admittedly a very big room with the comfort of a hot shower and a fan in the middle of nowhere. Nevertheless, after checking-in, I had to realise that they weren't really prepared for solo travellers as they didn't have a map of what could be done without a guide around the area where the main camp is. Moreover, the activities they offer such as jungle treks, night drives etc. were nowhere explained or detailed which was a bit of a shame. Nevertheless, after some asking around I managed to find out that there are a few things that can be done without a guide just on your own. As such, around the base camp, there are two short treks, a canopy walk, a little lake and a viewing platform. To get into the Maliau Basin itself, you actually have to hire a guide which is very expensive if you are on your own. So unless you are lucky and you can join a group and share the costs, it's not super attractive to do it on your own. Another point is that to really appreciate the beauty of the Maliau Basin, you need to have 3-5 days available. All in all, I think I was happy to have visited the Maliau Basin Conversation Center and loved exploring the area on my own and the night ride with them where I saw plenty of different animals (weird cats, deers & monkeys). However, I hope that the Maliau Basin Conversation Area will put some more effort into making this site more attractive for independent travellers!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Sandra T wrote a review Nov 2018
Sidney, Canada40 contributions11 helpful votes
November might not be the best time to come here. It rained so hard that our night drive was cancelled, but we did see pygmy elephants munching on grass by the roadside and wild boars near the research centre so it wasn't a total loss. It rained all afternoon, evening and overnight. Trails near the research centre don't seem to be kept up during the wet season and leeches are plentiful. Staff friendly and helpful but no trail maps available. We didn't know but apparently the Sky Bridge is actually 5 separate bridges and the first couple are broken. We turned around after finding the first one broken as the trail beyond was rundown and the leeches were abundant. Needless to say, we didn't hike into the basin. At the research centre the only people staying we're us, one scientist and a road crew from KK doing road work in the park. Far more staff than guests. Food was set times and served buffet style. Abundant and tasty but expensive. We splashed out on a room in one of the villas which was very beautiful and private. I can't honestly say good value for money but the drive in to the centre is beautiful.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Sjairul A wrote a review Sep 2018
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Date of experience: September 2018
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