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MALIAU BASIN

Journey to the Lost World of Sabah

Colossal vine-clad jungles, majestic towering trees,  peculiar flora and fauna  - Maliau Basin lives up to its nick name, "Sabah's Lost World ". Situated in the remote south of Sabah. Maliau Basin Conservation Area, 58,840 ha,  is a huge bowl of pristine forests described as one of the few remaining relatively untouched wilderness areas in the world.

Bounded by a formidable escarpment reaching over 1,675m above sea level, the almost circular Basin, one of Malaysia’s finest remaining wilderness areas, encompasses 390 km² of pristine forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem, never permanently inhabited and with large areas still remaining to be explored and documented.

The whole Basin is a single huge water catchment, drained by only one river, the Maliau River, which flows out through a gorge in the southeast of the Basin, joining the Kuamut River and eventually the Kinabatangan, Sabah’s largest and most important river.

Maliau Basin was designated as a Conservation Area in 1981, for research, education and training purposes along with Danum Valley Conservation Area.

The Sabah State Government has approved the World Heritage Site (WHS) nomination of Maliau Basin together with Danum Valley and Imbak Canyon as a single heritage site which will be called DaMaI, an abbreviation of Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon.

Maliau Basin, far from the convenient city life is mostly accessible by foot, you must be physically fit to tackle the long hike and sometimes strenuous terrains. 

The Maliau Basin expedition begins and ends at Kota Kinabalu.