The Maliau Basin Conservation Area is a natural catchment area, which has remained unknown for millions of years.
It was only recently that the Maliau Basin Conservation Area, situated just above the Equator in south central Sabah, began to be explored for its beautiful and natural wonders.
There are more than 30 species of mammals, 270 bird species and over 80 species of orchids, rare and endemic, were recorded. Numerous waterfalls have also been discovered throughout the Basin.
The Maliau River drains through a gorge out of the southeast of the Basin into the Kuamut River, which in turn feeds into the Kinabatangan, the longest river in Sabah.
There is so much to discover in the unspoilt wonderland, and due to its importance in the conservation of the ecosystem, visitors to the park are limited especially at the various camps set up.
The Basin is almost unvisited and completely uninhabited by man.
How to get there
Visitors can arrange to get on a plane from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau, before proceeding with own arrangements to Maliau Basin.
Visitors have to write to Yayasan Sabah and get an approval before being allowed into Maliau Basin Conservation Area. There are also limited campsites available at the area.