- Stay 2 nights at Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (Deluxe Rest House Room)
- Stay 1 night at Kuli Research Station (Standard Rest House Room)
- Jungle trekking within Imbak Canyon Conservation Area
- Discover Imbak Falls and the Big Belian Tree
- Observe the Nepenthes Garden and learn about the plants
- Enjoy a night drive in search of nocturnal animals
- Jungle trekking to Maya Falls
- Night walk at Kuli Research Station
Domestic airfare and items not mentioned.
Take a 4 hours journey with a 4x4 vehicle to Telupid for Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA), passing by several village settlements which communities are mainly Dusun Sungai.
Along the journey, observe the orange-coloured soil, or also known as the ultramafic soil which is a special type of soil that only can be found on Mt. Kinabalu, Mt. Tawai near Telupid, Mt. Silam and Mt. Danum near Lahad Datu (on the East Coast). Some of the plants found in an ultramafic forest are considered special and rare, such as some species of pitcher plants and orchids, and botanists expect to discover more new species in these areas.
Make a stop at the Ulu Kinabatangan Information Centre (KIOSK) where you will be greeted by the conservation staff. Feel free to read through the information about the area, its communities, history and others.
Thereafter, take another 2 hours journey to Imbak Canyon Conservation Centre (ICCA). Upon arrival, stop by at the Information Centre building to listen to a short briefing on the rules & regulations and watch a video presentation at the Conference Room before proceeding to check-in and rest, or take time to go visit the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area Gallery. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner at the dining hall at 1900hrs and thereafter, enjoy the night walk with the ranger around the centre.
Start the day early at 0630hrs for a bird watching activity around the centre in search of birdlife that can be found in Imbak Canyon. Don’t forget your binoculars! Thereafter, return to the centre to enjoy some breakfast in the dining hall with a view of the forest.
Begin the forest exploration at 0900hrs with a short briefing on safety by your guide and proceed to the Ara Suspension Bridge along the Ara Trail and trek to the famous Imbak Falls. Along the way, discover the small streams which run through the virgin rainforests of Imbak Canyon, as well as various types of flora.
After 45 minutes, you are expected to arrive at the Kapur Suspension Bridge, the starting point of Keruing Trail where you will continue trekking, crossing small rivers until you reach the Big Belian Tree. Marvel at its heights as you take a short break there before continuing your journey for another 1.0km before finally arriving at Imbak Falls. There, soak in the beautiful view of one of the widest waterfalls in Sabah as you enjoy your lunch.
Return to Imbak Canyon Studies Centre by car via the main road and enjoy the lush green rainforest scenery during the journey. Arriving back at the Ara Suspension Bridge, trek inside the Nepenthes Trail (3.6km) that takes approximately an hour trekking uphill. Encounter the Dipterocarp giants along the trail as well as other flora before reaching the Nepenthes Garden where you’ll find various species of nepenthes growing in the area. Thereafter, return to your room and take a rest.
Proceed to the dining hall for dinner at 1900hrs and after that, head out on a night drive to explore the jungle after sundown and search of nocturnal wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might just sight wildlife such as the slow loris, wild boar, flying squirrel and maybe even a herd of elephants! However, if the weather doesn’t permit for a night drive, there is also a video show or research presentation as an optional activity held at the centre. After your activity, return to your room for a rest.
Start the day at 0700hrs with breakfast.
Don’t forget to bring along your water bottle and your packed lunch prepared by the ICCA kitchen staff for your lunch at Kuli Research Station later. Drop your room keys off at the Reception office before leaving the centre. At 0830 hours, depart for a one-hour drive to Kuli Research Station with moderate to bumpy road.
*Guests are required to sign a disclaimer form before departing to Kuli Research Station.
Once arrived at the starting point to Kuli Research Station, trek for 1 and a half hours within the primary rainforests with possible sightings of birds, common mammals and reptiles.
You are expected to arrive at Kuli Research Station at 1100hrs where you will proceed to check-in and be given a short briefing about the area. Rooms are basic with sharing bathroom located outside the rest house. Since electricity is supplied by the solar panels installed near the rest house, electricity will only be available until 10pm, when the battery runs out.
Proceed to the multipurpose hall at 1200hrs where you will have your packed lunch and thereafter, your trekking adventure to Maya Falls will commence at 1300hrs. The trek takes about 3 hours depending on your fitness level and the trail difficulty is considered moderate with rocky terrain and shallow streams. It is advised that you bring along a waterproof bag, energy bars, torchlight, poncho and walking stick for the journey.
Arriving at Maya Falls at about 1430hrs, it’s time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take a refreshing dip in the cool water. Don’t forget to take some photos while you’re there.
Return to Kuli Research Station. The dark might come sooner in the rainforest, so during the journey back, ready your torchlight and watch your step. You are expected to arrive back at the station by 1700hrs. Have a good rest before dinner time at 1900hrs.
After dinner, proceed for a night walk activity around Kuli Research Station. Don’t forget to bring along your torchlight and poncho just in case. The night walk activity may take about 2 hours return trip. You’ll get a chance to spot small mammals such as mousedeer, birds and some reptiles. A safety briefing will be given before the start of the night walk.
After the activity, return to your room for a good night’s rest.
Rise and shine at 0530 for a birdwatching activity around Kuli Research Station. As the whole rainforest awakens, discover the birdlife and other wildlife that can be found in the area.
Return for breakfast at the multipurpose hall where you can enjoy your meal with a panorama view of the forest and Kuli River. If you please, you can take a refreshing dip in the river before leaving Kuli Research Station and heading back to Imbak Canyon Studies Centre.
Check-out from Kuli Research Station at 0900hrs and trek back to Kuli Starting Point. Once arrived, your transport will be waiting for you to take you back to ICCA.
At ICCA’s Registration Building, check-out and claim your luggage. Remember to check your belongings before your departure. You may want to visit the souvenir shop before leaving the centre. Spend some time around the centre to take some photos. You can also go up hill to get a picturesque view of Imbak Canyon Conservation Area.
Return to Kota Kinabalu or to Sandakan.
Validity Rates are valid for travel by 31 Dec 2022
Availability This tour runs everyday. Prior booking required.
Transfer Inclusion This tour package rates include pick-up and drop-off from . Additional charge per person applies for pick-up and drop-off outside this area and pick up time may vary.
Visiting Imbak Canyon
NOTE: This will be your last stay at the Imbak Canyon Conservation Centre, so do pack all your belongings. We recommend that you separate your trekking gears & extra clothing for the trekking activity to Kuli Research Station (KRS) where you will be staying 1 night. Gears and items to pack should include leech socks, insect repellent, poncho, torchlight, towel, medication and trekking shoes (preferably waterproof). Other unnecessary belongings will be stored at the Reception office.
Should you have other luggage that you do not wish to carry to KRS, kindly informed the front-desk clerk to store your luggage. Remove all valuables beforehand and be sure to get a receipt.
Things to Bring
Please bring along suitable attire, personal toiletries, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.
Bring Your Own Bottle
Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a single-use plastic free environment! So, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us. Our vans and coaches are prepared with water containers so that you can refill your bottle anytime throughout the tour.