Nature Experiences at foothill of Mount Kinabalu

location_on Kiau Taburi Homestay Kota Belud Sabah Malaysia

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About this exploration

Explore the historical and natural experience in Kiau Taburi, where the ascent gateway to Mount Kinabalu.This interesting trip offers travellers a chance to not only enjoy nature through an amazing jungle trekking experience, it also gives an opportunity to learn about local herbs and plantations, especially those used by the villagers for consumption and medicinal purposes. A highlight of the trip is the visit to the Bangkawan to explore the history of the headhunters.


Forest Forest

Freshwater Freshwater

Special Interest

Plants Plants

Birds Birds

Insects Insects


Trekking Trekking

Caving Caving

Camping Camping

River Trekking River Trekking

Language spoken in this Xploration
  • English
  • Malay
  • Dusun
What's included
  • 1 Night Accommodation
  • Guide Fee
  • Meals
  • Park Conservation Fee
  • Native Performance
Cancellation policy
  • Fully refund 15 days prior to exploration, except fee.
  • 100% cancellation charged on NO SHOW or Less than 24 hours prior to event date.
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances, making it impossible to conduct the tour, we reserve the right to change to another tour or cancel the tour at our absolute discretion. In such eventuality, no resources or claims shall be made against us.
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Day 1

10:00 am
Meet at Kiau Tabori, upon arrival, you will check-in at the Kiau Taburi homestay before starting your tour of the village. A local guide will take you on an awesome trekking experience. During this trekking trip, you will be shown an array of traditional medicine and edible plants, and you will have a chance of learning about the local herbs and plantations. Lunch is included in the tour.

19:00 pm
While you enjoy a sumptuous dinner of local, traditional food, you will be entertained by the wonderful sounds of bamboo music, a gong presentation and a Sumazau dance performed by the villagers.

10:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Day 2

07:30 am
You will have breakfast at Kiau Taburi Homestay before visiting Tulung Cave and Bangkawan, otherwise known as the headhouse, where you will have a chance of exploring the skulls and learning about the history of the headhunters. After a unique experience, you will proceed to your homestay for a short break before departing home.

07:30 AM - 12:00 PM


location_on Kiau Taburi Homestay Kota Belud Sabah Malaysia

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Lerry Dominic

Malaysia · Joined in August 2017

My dear friends from all around the world, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Kampung Kiau Taburi, a small village located on the foot hills of Mount Kinabalu (which is about 4,095.2 metres). This is the highest mountain in Malaysia and Borneo, and our kampung (village) is about 1000 metres above sea level.  

I started becoming a mountain guide since 2005 and until today, I have guided thousands of climbers to the top of Mount Kinabalu. I obtained my nature guide license in 2011, and became a bird research helper at the Kinabalu Park in 2013. I then started my birding activities and became a birdwatching guide in 2014 after participating in a birdwatching course, which was held at the Kinabalu Mountain Lodge. The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu. I have my very own jungle trail, jungle camp and camping ground, and I am delighted to guide you in your exciting birding adventures around Mount Kinabalu.

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