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4D3N: MALIAU BASIN - "SABAH'S LOST WORLD" : NEPENTHES CAMP & TAKOB AKOB & GILUK WATERFALLS

Day 01 | Kota Kinabalu - Keningau - Maliau Basin Studies Centre

0600am Pick up from city hotel and proceed for about 2 hours drive to Keningau Town through scenic mountainous countryside.
0800am Breakfast at a local restaurant in Keningau Town and collect packed lunch. Do some last minute shopping and continue the journey to Maliau Basin, Sabah’s Lost World. Part of the road are still gravel, so be prepared for the bumpy ride. Have lunch along the way.
0100pm - 0200pm Arrive at Shell Maliau Basin Reception and Information Building. Clean-up and rest for a while.
Visit the Information Gallery for an overall view and understanding of the Maliau Basin, Sabah’s Lost World.
0200pm Proceed to Maliau Basin Studies Centre (“MBSC”) for registration and check-in to Resthouse.

Activity :
Maliau Sky Bridge Canopy Walk  (spanning eight trees and seven sky bridges, it is 400m-long and suspended 22m above ground) and Trek the Educational / Discovery Nature Trail.

0600pm Leisure Time
0730pm Dinner at MBSC
0800pm Video Show (Introduction of Maliau Basin)
0830pm Night Walk or Night Drive in Search of Wildlife (if weather permit)
0900pm Rest and overnight at MBSC’s Resthouse Accommodation.
1200am Lights out.



| Day 02 | Agathis Camp - Nepenthes Camp : Giluk & Takob Akob Waterfalls

0700am Breakfast. Proceed to Agathis Camp. Set on the banks of a 15km wide in hill mixed dipterocarp forest, Agathis Camp is located at the southernmost edge of Maliau Basin Conservation Area, about 20km to the north of the Security Gate, and is the main starting off point to trails to Nepenthes Camp (also known as Camel Trophy Camp) and Ginseng Camp.

0900am From Agathis Camp, begin the 7km trekking through the rainforest to reach the Nepenthes Camp (Also known as Camel Trophy Camp). Nepenthes Camp is a two-storey building complete with bunk beds, showers and solar electricity, which can accommodate up to 15 visitors. Constructed by the participants of Camel Trophy in 1993, it was the first permanent camp within the Basin and is located strategically at the meeting point of lower montane forest and the rare and unusual montane heath forest on Maliau's southern plateau. A 33m high observation platform near the top of a large Agathis borneensis tree provides an opportunity to observe birds at close range and allows breathtaking views of the surrounding forest canopy. The beautiful Takob Akob and Giluk Falls are within 2 hours walk.

The trek from Agathis Camp to Nephenthes Camp will take about 6 hours of trekking over the rim of the Basin. The first two hours is the most challenging uphill trek for this adventure. Stop for packed lunch and relax enjoying the surrounding rich vegetation.

0200pm Expected arrival at Nepenthes Camp.
0300pm Walk to the Giluk Falls which is about 1 hour away and back to Nepenthes Camp. A dip in the pool is possible OR walk to the spectacular, about 100m in height Takob Akob Falls which is about is 2 hours away and back. If time is permissible, visit both Giluk Falls and Takob Akob Falls.
0500pm - 0600pm Dinner. Overnight at Nepenthes Camp.




| Day 03 | Nepenthes Camp - Agathis Camp

0700am Breakfast.
0730am Trek to magical Heath Forest (Hutan Kerangas) : "Garden of Eden". Bright pink rhododendrons and red ixoras peeked out from trees and bushes. Pitcher plants like the Nepenthes stenophylla dangled prettily like Christmas tinsel, while the Nepenthes veitchii with their flared lips (peristomes) wrapped their roots around trunks.

At least eight pitcher plant species and one natural hybrid (N. veitchii-stenophylla) have been spotted in Maliau.

The winding trail flanked by pitcher plants and colorful fungi made a pretty sight. Assortments of epiphytes like orchids were in abundance.

0830am 7.5km jungle trekking back to Agathis Camp. Stop for packed lunch and relax enjoying the surrounding rich vegetation.
0130pm Arrive Agathis Camp. Clean up and relax.
0230pm Proceed to A self-guided nature trail / jungle walk at the camp. The loop trail is just over one km long and takes about an hour to do if walking at an easy pace, meandering through gentle terrain and crossing some beautiful rivers and stream. Numbered posts along the trail highlight special features including medicinal plants, riverine ferns, wild fruit trees and the majestic Agathis trees.
0730pm Dinner and Rest.
0830pm Night Walk or Night Drive in Search of Wildlife (If weather permit)
0900pm Rest at Agathis Camp.


| Day 04 | Agathis Camp - Kota Kinabalu

0700am Breakfast and depart Agathis Camp, stopover at the 4-storey Maliau Rim Observation Tower which offers spectacular views and bird watching.
0900am Depart for Kota Kinabalu.
0200pm Arrive Keningau and have Late Lunch.
0500pm Arrive Kota Kinabalu.

* All tours are subject to weather conditions

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