Is Malaysia a forgotten country

Malaysia | Borneo - The forgotten world

Trip No. 4820

The north of Borneo is a green paradise for active travelers and nature lovers. This tour takes you to two of the most exciting and remote trekking areas in Asia: The cloud-covered mountains of the Crocker Ranges (UNESCO biosphere reserve) are your first destination. On a multi-day hike with overnight stays in villages, you will explore the largest national park in Sabah before continuing to the breathtaking Maliau Basin. The wilderness inside the largely undeveloped basin is overwhelming. Protected by towering steep walls, what is probably Borneo's most pristine rainforest in the Maliau Basin has survived for centuries. During a demanding hike you will immerse yourself in a truly forgotten world, which even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could not have described better in his novel "The Lost World". At the end of the trip, you can look forward to relaxing days in the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which has been awarded by National Geographic for sustainability and travel experience, from where you can explore the diverse fauna along the Kinabatangan River. During the game drives on the winding stream you go in search of wild orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and representatives of the rich bird life of Sabah.

Malaysia | Borneo - The forgotten worldMalaysia | Borneo - The forgotten world


Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Individual arrival in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Malaysian province of Sabah on Borneo. You will be greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu - Crocker-Ranges (B / L / D)

Morning drive to the picturesque Crocker Ranges (UNESCO biosphere reserve). The densely forested mountain range, interspersed with peaks of up to 1,800 m, is the largest national park in the state of Sabah. From Tambunan we continue on foot. You walk through idyllic villages, along green rice fields and finally penetrate the dense rainforest. The call of countless birds and insects accompanies you on your way through the green paradise, while heavy clouds move through the sprawling treetops. In the afternoon you will reach a small settlement where you will set up camp for the night. Overnight in a hut. (Walking time approx. 4 hours).

3-4 Day: Crocker-Ranges 2 × (B / L)

Your path continues through the breathtaking natural landscape of the Crocker Ranges. The forest area is not only a protected habitat for orangutans, gibbons and Co., but is also one of the most beautiful trekking areas in Malaysia. Along the way you can explore the species-rich flora and fauna and the simple life of the rural population in the heart of Borneo. Overnight in huts. (Walking time approx. 5 hours).

Day 5: Crocker-Ranges - Kota Kinabalu (B / L)

After a hike along fields you leave the Crocker-Ranges. Drive back to Kota Kinabalu. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel. (Walking time approx. 5 hours).

Day 6: Kota Kinabalu - Maliau Basin (B / L / D)

An overland trip takes you into Sabah's forgotten world - the breathtaking Maliau Basin. The sanctuary is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers alike: over 1800 plant species and a large number of rare and endangered animal species are at home in the vast forests of the huge basin. In the evening you go on a game drive in search of nocturnal rainforest dwellers (weather permitting). Overnight in pension. (Travel time approx. 5 hours).

7th-9th Day: Maliau Basin 3 × (B / L / D)

The Maliau Basin is surrounded by high, seemingly insurmountable rock walls, which have isolated its interior from the rest of the world for centuries. The basin is therefore one of the most pristine rainforest areas on earth. Large parts of the region are still completely wild and unexplored. The first report by "Westerners" about the area at all dates back to the early 1940s, when a small airplane nearly crashed into one of the towering cliffs. The tour through the Maliau Basin is accordingly adventurous. Under the impressions of the unique wilderness you hike through the dense jungle. Overnight in hostels. (Walking time approx. 6 hours each).

Day 10: Maliau Basin - Kota Kinabalu (B / L)

Drive back to the coast to Kota Kinabalu. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at hotel. (Travel time approx. 6 hours).

Day 11: Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Sukau (B / L / D)

Flight to Sandakan. Visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Center, where efforts are made to protect endangered animals. They attend the feeding of the red-skinned great apes. Next door, in the Borneo Sun Bear Center, bears found injured in the rainforest are cared for and prepared for release into the wild. Then explore the wildlife along the banks of the Kinabatangan by boat. With a bit of luck you will see wild orangutans, pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys. Overnight in Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Boat trip approx. 3 hours).

Day 12: Sukau

Early morning boat trip to Lake Oxbow to observe the wild animals of Borneo at dusk. On your return to the lodge, you will go on a game drive in the surrounding forest and try to track down hornbills and other representatives of Sabah's diverse bird life. Another boat safari in the late afternoon. Return in the evening. Overnight as the day before.

Day 13: Sukau - Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu (B / L)

Travel by boat through the rainforest back to Sandakan. Flight to Kota Kinabalu. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Kota Kinabalu (B)

Transfer to the airport and individual departure or follow-up program.


  • Demanding trekking for nature lovers
  • Multi-day hikes in the jungle of the Crocker Ranges (UNESCO) and in the Maliau Basin
  • Exciting night stalking in Borneo's forests
  • Boat safari on the Kinabatangan
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge (National Geographic Unique Lodge)


This trip is a trekking tour that requires good physical condition, stamina and surefootedness, a head for heights and a certain willingness to forego comfort. You should be able to hike for up to 8 hours in temperatures around + 30 ° C. The unusually high temperatures and high humidity place increased demands on the organism. The paths are narrow and seldom even, you have to climb over fallen jungle giants from time to time and wade through knee-high, possibly waist-high water. Your local companions will be happy to assist you.


The overnight stays during the trekking days take place in simple accommodations with shared rooms and shared bathrooms, sometimes without hot water systems. The willingness to adapt to the local conditions is required.

Included in the tour price

  • from / to Kota Kinabalu
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Domestic flights Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan and return in Economy Class including tax and Kersoin surcharges (as of 1.8.16)
  • All trips in private vehicles and boats
  • All NP fees and entrance fees according to the program
  • Travel literature
  • 4 nights: Hotel in a double room
  • 4 nights: hostel in the MBZ
  • 3 nights: Hut in the MBZ (shared bathroom)
  • 2 nights: Lodge in a double room
  • Meals: 12 × F, 11 × M, 6 × A

Not included in the tour price

Arrival / departure; meals and drinks not mentioned; possible increase in fees and / or kerosene surcharges after 1.8.16; possible additional nights before / after the tour; Tips; Personal

Desired services

  • International flights from: 890, - €

  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • Maximum number of participants: 12