Thursday, August 05, 2010

Trip to Maliau Basin - An Introduction

An interesting travelogue from MySabah blog:

Also known as “The Lost World of Sabah”, Maliau Basin looks like a huge volcanic caldera from the aeroplane, which spans 25 Kilometers in diameter. This saurcer-shaped geological structure, which is formed about 5 million years ago, is not the remnant of a dead volcano. In fact, it is a plateau gradually uplifted by volcanic & tectonic movements, and the middle was eroded to a basin due to weathering. The basin is a sedimentary formation comprised mainly of gently inclined beds of sandstone and mudstone, deposited between 15 million and 9 million years ago when Maliau was a coastal delta.

Maliau means “Land of the Giant Staircase” in Murut language. The reason Maliau Basin is called Sabah’s Lost World is because of its almost circular outer rim, with steep slopes and cliffs range from 300M to 1,600M in height, creating a natural barrier that isolates the basin from the world (and “gene exchange”). Some flora and fauna, which are “trapped” in the basin for millions of years, may have evolved into new species. The only “opening” of Maliau is via Maliau Gorge, a narrow gap to South East, where Maliau River flows and joins Kuamut River outside basin, then to Kinabatangan River, the longest river of Sabah.

The Maliau Basin Conservation Area covers an area of sprawling 588.4 square Kilometers (nearly the size of Singapore!) in Tawau district, at the South Central Part of Sabah. The Basin itself is about 390 sq. KM in size, the additional 200 sq. KM is the buffer zones surrounding the basin for extra protection. The highest point of Maliau is Gunung Lotung (Mt. Lotung) on the north rim, which is over 1,676 m in elevation.

Sorry if you are bored with the geography stuffs above. However, those are the basic knowledge for you to really understand why Maliau Basin is such a special place.

Continue reading (Incl. Pics) at: Trip to Maliau Basin - An Introduction

Follow the day to day adventure below:

Part 2: Day 1 in Maliau Basin

Part 3: Day 2 in Maliau Basin

Part 4: Day 3 Maliau Waterfall

Part 5: Day 4 Trip to Nepenthes Camp (Heath Forest)

Part 6: Day 5 Skybridge & Night Safari

Part 7: Day 6 Leaving Maliau Basin

Part 8: Conclusion & Notes - Useful if you plan to visit Maliau

Also See:

Maliau Basin (ex-KK) Tour Promotion

1 comment:

Tadpole said...

thanks for linking to my blog. if i join your trip, got discount or not? haha, just kidding...