Project Description

The Interior Division is an administrative division of the state of Sabah. It occupies the southwest portion of Sabah, bordered by the neighbouring state of Sarawak on its west. With an area of 18,298 square kilometres, it covers 24.9% of Sabah’s territory and is home to approximately 14.7% of Sabah’s total population. The largest town in the Interior Division is Keningau. Other main towns in this division include Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Sipitang, Tambunan, Nabawan and Tenom.

KENINGAU

“Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0”

Keningau (3,533 square km) is the capital of the Keningau District in the Interior Division of Sabah. Located in a valley bordered to the west by the Crocker Range and to the south and east by the Mount Trus Madi.  It is the fifth-largest town in Sabah and one of the oldest with an estimated population of 173,130. It consists of 90% of Dusun and Murut, as well as an estimate of 8% Hakka Chinese population and various minority indigenous groups. The name Keningau is derived from the locally-abundant Javanese cinnamon tree ( Cinnamomum burmannii ) which is locally known as ‘Koningau’.

During the early years of the 20th Century, Keningau was one of the most important administrative centres for the British North Borneo. This town was also made as government centre by Japanese during their occupation in the 2nd World War.  Keningau town is divided into two – Keningau 1 (on the south, a vibrant commercial district with some historical shophouses and Keningau 2 (north side, also called New Town where new houses and Keningau hospital are located as well as shopping malls, school & shops.

Interesting Places in Keningau

CROCKER RANGE PARK

The park covers 1,399 km² and was open in 2004, making it the largest park in Sabah. The park consists of hill and montane forest, with many species of flora and fauna endemic to Borneo. Maintenance of this forest cover is essential to ensuring a pure water supply for many of the towns and communities in Sabah. The park provides an ideal place for meetings, camping, jungle trekking courses and outdoor educational activities. There are at least five species of primates found in the park, such as orang-utans, gibbons, furry tarsierxs, and sociable long-tailed macaques.
Facilities include an exhibition centre, insectarium, fernarium, observation tower, and trekking trail.

Getting There by Road
1 hour 43 min (98.1 km) from Kota Kinabalu via Jalan Keningau Kimanis.

ACTIVITIES

  • Jungle Trekking

  • Camping

  • Wildlife Exploring

  • Nature Walk

FACILITIES

  • Meeting Room

  • Camping Site

  • Trekking Trails

GALLERY

Keningau Oath Stone

Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

This monument was erected to commemorate Sabah’s entrance into the federation of Malaysia by Garukon Gurun, a former Sergeant Major of the legendary North Borneo Constabulary from Kampung Dangulad Keningau. It was unveiled and officiated on 31 August 1964. On the stone is a plaque setting out the federal government’s promises to the people of Sabah, as well as the reciprocal promise of Sabahans to remain loyal to the federal government. Initially the stone was placed in the compound of the Keningau District Office until officially relocated to Museum area on 9th September 2018.

Getting There By Road
Approximately 2 hours (110 km) from Kota Kinabalu city.

ACTIVITIES

  • Visit Historical Site

FACILITES

  • Historical Site/Monument

GALLERY

SIPITANG


Sipitang is known as a parliamentary constituency located in the Interior Division of Sabah. It is the closest town to the Sabah-Sarawak border, situated 44 kilometres south of Beaufort and 144 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu. Sipitang is home of the Kedayan, Lundayeh, Brunei Malay and Murut indigenous people. It’s mainly undisturbed surrounding offers one of Sabah’s most beautiful natural attractions—the Maga Waterfall, Taman Kerangas and Ulu Padas of Long Pasia.

Interesting Places In Sipitang

LONG PASIA

Long Pasia is located at 1,000km above sea level on the Maligan Highlands, adjacent to Payeh Maga. It is the home of the Lundayeh people who have many similarities with the neighbouring Lundayeh people of the Kerayan-Kalabit highlands of East Kalimantan in Indonesia and Lawas, Sarawak where they are called Lun Bawang.  There is so much to discover in Long Pasia. Here at the confluence of the Pasia and Maga rivers is Taman Maga Nooh covering an area of 2,472 hectares of tropical rainforest. The area is well protected to preserve its flora and fauna diversity, in particular Maga Natural Flower Garden, an area with an abundance of wild orchids, rhododendrons and pitcher plants.  Sinipung Hill, also known as Bukit Rimau, is located between the villages of Long Pasia and Long Mio. Apart from an adventurous trek, the main attraction of this 1,900m hill is the changing flora as you move into its higher elevation where a large number of rare orchids and various sub-species of pitcher plants can be found. The breathtaking views of Long Pasia and Long Mio with the backdrop of the highest mountain in that area, Mount Muruk Mio (2,094m) make this another popular trekking route.

At Long Pasia and in Lundayeh folklore, Upai Semaring was a figure they believed to be their great forefather. He was a giant of a man and famous for his hunting skills and fish traps.  Remnants left behind by the ancestral Lundayeh Upai Semaring adds mysticism and legend to Long Pasia.

Long Pasia & Legend of Upai Semaring: The Borneo Expedition Episode 1

Getting There By Road
Approximately 249.2km (6 hours 21 min) via Jalan Beaufort-Sipitang road from Kota Kinabalu city.

ACTIVITIES

  • Jungle Trekking

  • Experience the Culture of Lundayeh people

  • See Waterfalls

  • See unique plants

  • Get to know the legendary story of Long Pasia

  • Experience staying in homestay

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FACILITIES

  • Trekking Trails

  • Camp Site

  • Waterfall

  • Homestay

GALLERY

ULU PADAS

Photo extracted from Sabahruraltourism.com

Lies deep in the jungle in southwestern Sabah, within trekking distance of both the Sarawak and Kalimantan borders. Ulu Padas is a well  known sites of being the richest plant diversity in Borneo, after Mount Kinabalu. Ulu Padas is an area that possess a unique and extraordinary blend of plant species and a high level of endemism.

Getting There
About 148 kilometers south of Kota Kinabalu (approximately 3 hours drive from KK City Centre).

ACTIVITIES

  • Exploring Rivers

  • Jungle Trekking

  • Exploring Waterfalls

  • Visit Lundayeh Village

  • Learn Jungle Survival Skill

FACILITIES

  • Lundayeh Villages

  • Longhouses

  • Traditional facilities

GALLERY

TAMBUNAN

Tambunan  is the capital of the Tambunan District in the interior division  of Sabah with an estimated population of 2,553 in 2010.   It is located 80 kilometres east of the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, 48 kilometres south of Ranau and 48 kilometres north of Keningau. At an average altitude of 750 metres, this valley town, which is part of the Crocker Range, experiences a mild tropical climate all year long. The valley is peppered with terraced paddy fields and 70 villages. The dense forests of bamboo around Tambunan town are a legacy of the British colonial period, during which an edict stated that 20 bamboo sprouts had to be planted for every bamboo cut.  There is a memorial site which is located in Kampung Tibabar, Tambunan to commemorate the local patriot, Mat Salleh, for his heroism during the British Colonial times.

Tambunan is a place to experience relaxation. Learn about the local lifestyle and experience traditional Dusun culture by participating in an activity or staying with a homestay family.

Interesting Places in Tambunan

MOUNT TRUSMADI

It is the second highest peak after Mount Kinabalu and located 20km southeast of Tambunan town.  Sitting on the Trusmadi Range and rising at  2642m, Mount Trusmadi offers spectacular view of Mount Kinabalu on a good day.  Mount Trusmadi is Sabah’s most challenging peak ascent.

Mount Trusmadi is the Home to the Nepenthes xTrusmadiensis, a hybrid species of pitcher plant endemic to the mountain. If you are lucky enough, you may also find Rafflesia Keithii (the largest Rafflesia flower endemic to Sabah) and the Corybas Orchid, one of the smallest orchids in the world.

ACTIVITIES

  • Mount Climbing

  • Hiking

  • Camping

  • Nature Walk

  • Jungle Trekking

FACILITIES

  • Rest Houses

  • Camping Site

  • Homestay

GALLERY

SALT TRAIL

Photo by sabahpost.net

The 34 KM jungle trail which starts from Tikolod Village, Tambunan and ends in Inobong Village, Penampang and vice versa provides trekkers a once-in-a-lifetime historically-based jungle trekking experience. The trail was traditionally used hundreds of years ago by villagers from the interior to exchange their produce in return for salt from the traders on the West Coast. It is a challenging 4-day journey passing through 3 remote villages (8-hour trekking each day) and luscious jungle of the Crocker Range. Expect to find interesting and weird plants along the trail.

Getting There
It’s about 74.6km from Kota Kinabalu or about 1 hour 40 minutes’ drive. You can opt to take an Express Bus (bas ekspres) from the Terminal Bus Station at Jalan Padang, Bandaran Berjaya. The departure time will be from 6.30am until 6.00pm with an estimated cost of RM12.30. Upon reaching Tambunan town or the taxi stand, find a taxi and get to Tikolod Village which is about 20.7km or 25 minutes’ drive away from Tambunan town.

ACTIVITIES

  • Camping

  • Jungle Trekking

  • Hiking

  • Village Tour

  • River Bathing

  • Birding

FACILITIES

  • Toilets

  • Camp Site

  • Village accommodation

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GALLERY

TENOM


Tenom, placed in the south of Kota Kinabalu, is widely known for the aromatic Tenom Coffee and the adventurous white water rafting at Padas River. But there is much to discover in this little town of Tenom. From the picturesque 200 hectares Sabah Agricultural Farm to the Murut Cultural Village, nature to culture, what’s your pick?
The next time you think of a destination to relax and unwind, why not consider Tenom?

Interesting Places in Tenom

Marais Centre

Marais Centre is a Murut Community Centre founded by Samwisemusic & Samwisedigital on 29 April 2018 with the aim to assist and improve the socio-economy of the community of Marais Village. As the saying goes, “leaving in harmony with the community and experienced nature’s at its best in the interior of Sabah”

The Murut were the last of Sabah’s ethnic groups to renounce headhunting. It seems frightening but be assured that headhunting is a long gone practice by the Murut. Today at Marais Centre you can experience the tradition, culture and custom of the Murut. Many activities had been prepared to cater to your needs.

Getting There
It’s about 145km from Kota Kinabalu or about 2 hours 30 minutes drive. You can opt to take an express bus from the Terminal Bus Station at Jalan Padang, Bandaran Berjaya. The departure time will be from 6.30 am until 6.00 pm with an estimated cost of RM17.00. Upon reaching Tenom Town or taxi stand, find a taxi and get to Marais Centre which is about 30km or 45 minutes’ drive away from Tenom Town.

ACTIVITIES

  • Education Centre

  • Cycling

  • Traditional Paddy Farming

  • Murut Cuisine Traditional Cooking

FACILITIES

  • Community Hall

  • Public Toilet

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GALLERY

RUNDUM HIGHLANDS, KEMABONG


Rundum Highlands is tucked some 30 kilometres away from Kemabong town, a small village in Tenom. Witness Murut Tagol’s farming lifestyle that lives along the way to this beautiful gem. If you’d like to escape the city, head on over to Rundum and enjoy the relaxing surroundings.

Getting There
Rundum Highlands is 192.2 km from Kota Kinabalu or about 3 hours 50 minutes drive. Take a bus from the Terminal Bus Station at Jalan Padang Bandaran Berjaya. The departure time will be from 6.30 am until 6.00 pm with an estimated cost of RM18.00. Upon reaching Pekan Kecil Kemabong, ask around for private own four-wheel drive to get you to Rundum Highland, Kemabong.

ACTIVITIES

  • Hiking

  • Sunset Viewing

  • Heritage Trails

  • Camping

  • Horse Riding

  • Temperate Vegetable Farming

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FACILITIES

  • Public toilets

  • Community Hall

  • Tuck Shop

GALLERY

NABAWAN


Nabawan District is located in the Interior Division of Sabah. It is formerly known as Pensiangan District before renamed into Nabawan District in 2004. Nabawan covers an area of 6,089 square kilometres. In 2010, the population of Nabawan district reached 31,807 and almost mainly consisted of Murut and the Lundayeh. It is situated in the southern part of Sabah, bordered by Tawau and Kinabatangan District in the east, Keningau and Tenom District to the west, and Kalimantan, Indonesia to the south.

Nabawan has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture and adventure. Cave exploration is fair with the usual stalactites, stalagmites and bats. The Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower, can be found about 25 minutes’ walk from the caves; the area is also home to wild orchids. It is possible to climb to the top of the massif for panoramic views of the surrounding forest. At night, there is some impressive music from the ‘jungle symphony’.

As limestone massifs are typically found in coastal areas, the existence of “Batu Punggul” deep in the interior of Borneo is a source of geological wonder to the scientists visiting the area.

What to do in Nabawan

BATU PUNGGUL


Batu Punggul is a jungle-topped limestone outcrop riddled with caves, towering nearly 200m above Sapulut River. This is deep in Murut country and the stone formation was one of the several sites sacred to these people. Batu Punggul and the adjacent Batu Tinahas are traditionally believed to be Longhouses that gradually transformed into stone.

Getting There
260km or about 4 hours 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu city.

ACTIVITIES

  • Hiking

  • Enjoy the nature viewing from the top of Batu Punggul

FACILITIES

  • Hiking Tracks

  • Cave

  • Jungle-topped Limestone

GALLERY

BEAUFORT


Beaufort is famous for its annual flooding, known as Venice of the East due to its shops that are built off the ground. Beaufort was named after Leicester P. Beaufort, a lawyer and an administrator in the Chartered Company in the late 1800s. About 95km from Kota Kinabalu City, you can drive there via the Beaufort Highway in 1 ½ hour or go by train, a ride that will take 2 hours.

Interesting Places in Beaufort

KLIAS WETLAND


Klias River offers you a trip on an open boat in search of the endemic proboscis monkeys, long tailed, macaques, the rare silver languor and other wildlife along the river bank. As dusk settles in with a sunset, enjoy the sights and sounds in a natural setting as you have a sumptuous village-style dinner. There is one more night cruise in which there will be fireflies with their flickering lights.

Getting There
About 2 hours drive and approximately 110km from the Kota Kinabalu city.

ACTIVITIES

  • See proboscis monkeys, long tailed, macaques, the rare silver languor and other wildlife

  • Have a sumptuous village style dinner

  • See Fireflies

  • River Cruise

FACILITIES

  • Camping

  • Jungle Trekking

  • Hiking

  • Village Tour

  • River Bathing

  • Birding

GALLERY

Starcevich Memorial Stone


Private Thomas Leslie Starcevich enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in April 1941. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery and on 28th August 1947, he received his Victoria Cross medal at Western Australia where he eventually returned to farming. After the War, the road where the action took place was named Victoria Cross Road by the local townsfolk and a memorial stone was erected along with it.

Getting There
About 1 hour 50 minutes drive and approximately 97km from the Kota Kinabalu city.

ACTIVITIES

  • Visit memorial/historical site

FACILITIES

  • Memorial Stone

  • Park

GALLERY