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Eco-Tourism in Tambunan

Eco-Tourism

Mount Trusmadi

Mount Trusmadi

Mount Trusmadi is about 70 kilometres southeast of Kota Kinabalu town, and its forest reserve stretches 184,527 hectares, bordering four districts: Ranau to the north, Tambunan to the west, Keningau to the south, and Sook to the east.

Mount Trusmadi is the second-highest mountain in Sabah and Malaysia after Mount Kinabalu, standing at 2, 642 metres (8, 668 feet). However, it is said to present a more difficult task to climbers than Mount Kinabalu. There are three routes to get to the peak, let’s take a look at how to get to it from Tambunan.

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Wayaan Kaingaran (Tambunan)

It is about a 4.9km hike from starting point to summit. The starting point is only accessible by 4 wheel drive which is about 27km (2 hours 30 minutes drive from Tambunan Town to the starting point. Only 20 people are allowed to hike daily.

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Location: Sabah
Website: http://www.forest.sabah.gov.my/
Phone: +60 88 899 589, +60 87 331 203, +60 88 899 588, +60 87 338 721


Mahua Waterfall

The Mahua Waterfall is about 14 kilometres north of town. To get to the waterfall, travel north from Tambunan towards Ranau before turning off at Kampung Patau (Patau Village) and driving higher up into the hills on a small road that was just tarred a decade ago. The waterfall is taken care of by the Crocker Range Park and is about 500 metres from the entrance through the rainforest. Crocker Range Park looks after the waterfall. It only costs a few ringgit to enter, and the walk to the waterfall is about 500 metres through the rainforest along a sympathetically-built wooden pathway; lookout for tropical birds and butterflies along the way, and stop to admire the magnificent and often awe-inspiringly, ancient, massive, and majestic rainforest trellis.

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We’re around 3,500 feet above sea level and it’s pleasantly cool at around 21C and the air tastes like nectar. We arrive at the waterfall after the short stroll and it’s beautiful – at around 17 metres high there are of course many higher waterfalls but it’s the idyllic location of the waterfall, framed by the rainforest that makes this place very special. Rewinding many, many years to ‘A Level’ physical geography, it’s a ‘plunge-pool’ waterfall where a deep depression (‘pool’ – in this case 1.3 metres deep) is the result of the erosional forces of falling water.

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Location: Kg. Mahua, 89650 Tambunan, Sabah
Operating hours: 08.00 AM - 05.00 PM
Phone: +60123456789

Mahua Waterfall

Salt trail

Salt trail

The Crocker Range National Park trail is part of a century-old trail used by the Murut, who exchanged salt by carrying jungle products across the mountains and down to the coast. The Salt Trail is Sabah's most difficult hike, stretching 34 kilometres and including chest-high river crossings and navigation across primary woodland. A guide is completely essential.

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The 34-kilometer jungle trail that connects Tikolod Village in Tambunan to Inobong Village in Penampang and vice versa provides trekkers with an unforgettable historical jungle trekking experience. Farmers from the interior used the trail hundreds of years ago to market their crops in exchange for salt from traders on the West Coast. It's a challenging four-day trek through three remote villages (8 hours of trekking per day) and the lush Crocker Range jungle. You should expect to see unusual and interesting animals along the trail.

Programmes and Activities

  • Camping
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Village Tour
  • River Bathing
  • Birding

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Camp Site
  • Village Accommodation

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Location:
Tambunan, Sabah


Minduk Sirung Trail

Minduk Sirung Peak, at 2,050m, is located in the heart of the Crocker Range. The descent begins from Mount Alab and winds through stunning montane and mossy woodland, making it ideal for those looking for a full day of jungle trekking. You'll be in the heart of the Crocker Range, where you might see a lot of butterflies, orchids, and pitcher plants.

It is approximately 74.6 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu and takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to travel. You have the choice of taking an Express Bus from the Terminal Bus Station on Jalan Padang in Bandaran Berjaya. The departure time will be from 6.30am to 6.00pm, with a cost of RM12.30 expected. When you arrive in Tambunan town or at the taxi stand, take a taxi to Minduk Sirung, which is about 21 kilometres or 25 minutes' drive from Tambunan town.

Programmes and Activities

  • Jungle Trekking
  • Hiking
  • River Bathing
  • Birding

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Changing Room

Location:
89500 Tuaran, Sabah

Minduk Sirung Trail

Rafflesia Nature Reserve

Rafflesia Nature Reserve

This park is devoted to the world's largest flower and is situated 20 kilometres north of Tambunan, near the top of the Crocker Range, next to the main highway. The Rafflesia Rangers will drive you into the forest reserve for the day for RM100. If you ask, Keningau-bound buses will stop here, but returning to Tambunan will require a detour on the highway. A taxi fare from Tambunan is RM120, including waiting time. Call ahead to make sure the reserve is open.

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The rafflesia is a parasitic plant that grows hidden within the stems of jungle vines until it blooms. To attract carrion flies, which help in pollination, it emits a stench of rotting blood, simulating a recently dead animal. The large bulbous flowers can grow to be 1m in diameter. The dozen or so rafflesia species found here are only found in Borneo and Sumatra; the majority are native to Sabah, but since they only bloom for a few days, it's difficult to predict when you'll be able to see one. Consult with rangers to determine when the blooms are in their life cycle, because they appear to blacken and wilt by day four.

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Location: Sabah, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 08.00 AM-03.00 PM
Phone: 088-898500
Fee: RM5 admission


Gunung Wakid

Gunung Wakid, also known as Mount Wakid, is located in Kampung Sunsuron, the first village you'd travel through on your way to Tambunan from Kota Kinabalu. It just takes one and a half hours to get here from Kota Kinabalu. With an elevation of 1,372 metres above sea level, this mountain allows for a leisurely hike from the village starting point to the mountain's foot along the Sunsuron River, followed by a semi-extreme trek up to the top.

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Various flora and fauna will accompany you on your ascent. The view from the top of the mountain is stunning, with views of the entire Sunsuron valley and beyond. The vision is much more impressive if you ascend while the rice fields are only turning golden! So don't forget to bring some selfie sticks with you. Unlike Mount Kinabalu or Mount Trus Madi, the trek up Gunung Wakid takes just a few hours, so there's no need to carry a tent for an overnight stay. Carry extra clothing, though, because you'll be walking by the Kolopis Waterfall after you've descended the mountain.

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Location:
Kampung Sunsuron, 89650 Tambunan, Sabah

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/gunungwakid/

Phone: +60138991857

Gunung Wakid

Tambunan River “Tagal” System

Tambunan River “Tagal” System

Will you want to go to a spa that isn't like any other? Then continue to Kampung Monsorulung Tambunan for some fish massaging! The term "tagal" means "no fishing" in the local Dusun dialect, and the key goal of the "tagal" is to protect the atmosphere and the biodiversity for the sake of future generations. “Ikan Pelian” or Malaysian Mahseer is a member of the Cyprinidae tribe.

Programmes and Activities

  • Camping
  • Fish Feeding
  • River Bathing
  • Fish Catching & Release

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Resting Hut
  • Parking Area
  • Camp Site

Location:
89650 Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia


Tambunan Viewing Point

Tambunan Viewing Point (also known as Sinurambi Tower and Pongimpaan Nuluhon Dandab) was installed in 2017 on Trig Hill, with a panoramic view of Tambunan valley, for tourists who want to see green Tambunan, the East's Switzerland. This 45-foot-high (approximately 14-meter) tower looks like a massive basket left on a hill by a giant from Tambunan town and is a prominent landmark.

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The tower is 877 metres (2,877 feet) above sea level and is located on Trig hill in Kampung Dalungan Village. Because of the clean air, you can see a long distance from the tower and admire the view of 50 different shades of green, a bright blue sky, and a fresh breeze from the Crocker Range.

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Location:
89650 Tambunan, Sabah

Operating Hours:
24 hours
Phone: +60109585382

Tambunan Viewing Point

Fruits Native to Borneo

Snake Fruit

Snake Fruit

Snake fruit grows in clusters at the base of the palm tree's very small stems. Snake fruits come in two kinds, each with a distinct flavour. They may seem quite close. One has a soft and tangy flavour similar to pineapple (locally known as Salak – scientifically known as Salacca zalacca), while the other has a very sour flavour (locally known as Asam Paya – scientifically known as Zalacca conferta). Salak has a brownish-red colour and a lumpy texture, while Asam Paya has a more lumpy texture and a ruby-red colour. This fruit's skin resembles snakeskin, hence its name, but its texture is more brittle. When peeled, the fruit inside resembles a waxy apple. Really tasty and high in vitamins and minerals.


Tarap

Tarap is an unusual fruit that looks like a hybrid between durian and jackfruit. The outer skin has a smooth texture and, until ripe, can be quickly peeled by hand. While the smell is similar to that of durian, the taste is much more pleasing, more akin to a soft banana/ice cream flavour. Tarap is a close relative of jackfruit and is native to Borneo. It is known as timadang by the Kadazan/Dusun tribes of Sabah. The fruit is smooth and creamy in its own right. It tastes like a soft custard apple or sour-sop, but it's creamy and not grainy. The seed can be easily separated from its flesh with your teeth.

Tarap

Wild Jungle Mango

Wild Jungle Mango

The fruit of the wild jungle mango is around the size of a coconut or a cannonball. Sabahans refer to it as embawang, although local Malays refer to it as asam embang or bambangan. When the fruits begin to fall from the flower, the yellow flesh is very sweet and aromatic. Another sign that a fruit is ripe is when the star marking on the surface becomes reddish. Mawangs can be consumed raw, but they also go well with fish and chillies. Mawangs are in season from January to February and again from July to August.


Dalit Durian

Sabah local durian, also known as Dalit (red colour fresh) and Sukang (orange colour fresh), is popular in Sabah due to its long and curved spikes. Dalit and Sukang are not widely grown commercially and are only available from October to December. Sabah local durian, also known as Dalit (red colour fresh) and Sukang (orange colour fresh), is renowned in Sabah due to its long and curved spikes. The texture and flavour of the fruit vary from those of standard durian. You can only find these durians in the outskirts of town as they are not cultivated commercially and are only available from October to December.

Dalit Durian