Maliau Basin - The Lost World
||Tongod, Keningau ,Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia
Located in Tawau at the South Central part of Sabah is the Maliau Basin which is a staggering 588.4 square
kilometers. Maliau Basin consists of 12 types of forest which is mainly made up of the lower montane forest
which are dominated by the majestic Agathis trees, rare montane heath forest and lowland and hill diperocarp
forest. The main highlight of the Maliau Basin is the trek up the 7-tiered Maliau Falls.
Maliau Basin is actually a part of the 10,000 square kilometers timber concession which is possessed by the
Yayasan Sabah. The basin was actually discovered in 1947 by a pilot but it was not until 1988 that the first
scientific expedition by the Yayasan Sabah and WWF Malaysia took place.
The area was inhabited by the Muruts but they have never settled in the forbidden basin. The Maliau Basin is
easily distinguished by its almost circular perimeter as the region surrounding it is rugged. The basin is sharply
delimited on all sides by cliffs or very steep slopes of up to 1,500 meters in height. This makes it insurmountable
on foot from most directions. Gunung Lotung which is on the north rim is thought to be the highest point at the
basin with over 1,600 meters in elevation.
The basin represents a single catchment area and is drained by a set of radiating tributaries of the
Maliau River which descends a breath-taking series of waterfalls known as the Maliau Falls. Many other smaller
waterfalls have also been discovered throughout the basin. The diversity of the flora and fauna found here is
so wide and have yielded many new species than many other places of many years of study. There indeed are many
places to visit in Sabah and it will take some time to visit them all. Do extend your stay in Sabah to do so.
Accommodations in Sabah are more than you can imagine. Thus, worry not and extend your stay in Sabah for
a more fulfilling trip.
You can get to the Maliau Basin Conservation Area either via Tawau or Keningau if you travel by
four-wheeled drive and the time will depend on the weather. You can also choose to travel via helipad
is you have extra to spend on the transportation.