Sapulut Country Adventure 4D3N
Venturing into the lesser-known Sapulut country means encountering Murut hospitality; drink bottomless rice wine from huge ceramic jars and chat about their headhunting ancestors. The Muruts were the last of the ethnic groups in Sabah to renounce headhunting.
Scale a 800 feet limestone pinnacle, explore mysterious caves and sleep on stretcher hammocks in a jungle camp perched high on a riverbank. Enjoy traditional Murut food and navigate rivers that run through pristine rainforest in traditional longboats, 'perahu'. Cross a river and trek to reach a hidden waterfalls, and sleep in a charming hut by the waterfall. Want more? Go rapid shooting and cross the border into Kalimantan to see sleepy villages and isolated longhouses deep in the heart of Borneo
Sapulot is tucked inland from the coast and one of Sabah's best-kept secret when it comes to discovering villages, nature and culture. Not many venture here but if you do, it is likely that you wont see another tourist or traveler.
Pick-up at your Kota Kinabalu hotel at 6.30am and transfer to the Keningau-bound bus (2hours). Upon arrival at Keningau, look out for your local guide from Sapulot who will be picking you up on a 4x4 for your onward journey to the interior (2hours). Lunch and refreshment will be served in Romol village upon arrival. At Romol, you could repack your backpacks and leave any extra weights here if you prefer to not have them with you.
Early wake up for breakfast. Check out of the camp and transfer to Tataluan by 4x4 for your excursion to Batu Punggul, an 800 feet limestone pinnacle, rising out of the jungle. For the adventurous, scramble and climb up to the top (45min-1hour) for a magnificent view of the jungle canopy below. Upon your descent, enjoy picnic lunch by the riverbank before continuing your journey by boat and 4x4 to the waterfall. Afternoon is spent exploring the waterfall area and swimming. Sleep by a hut overlooking the waterfall.
Spend first half of the day relaxing at the waterfall before transferring to the village for check-in, where you will sleep in a modern longhouse. The day is spent learning about their traditions and customs. The longhouse sits above a valley, overlooking the forest and surrounding areas. Evening is spent feasting on Murut food, wine and local dancing.
Departure after breakfast, concluding your adventure in Sapulut Country.
|What is Included?||What is Not Included?|
|All meals, accommodation, all activities as mentioned in program, all transfers within villages, return public bus transfers Kota Kinabalu - Keningau, return 4x4 transfers Keningau - Sapulot, guides, coffee & tea, drinking water, community fee||Spending money, tips and gratuities|
|What to Bring?||Recommended For?|
|Sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat, toiletries, cash (no ATM), hat, trekking shoes, leech sock, headlamp, swimming attire, sandals or flip flop||Couples and groups who are interested in discovering off the beaten places, adventurous activities such as caving, jungle trekking, climbing limestone pinnacles, traditional boat (perahu) trips and culture|
Be sensitive to your environment and minimize your travel impact. Follow tips and guidelines as recommended by us.
Never give money to children or anyone in the village unless it is part of gratuities or tips. Instead, consider supporting in sustainable ways by supporting programs and projects by the community or NGOs that work with them.
Consider your action before taking plastic bags with you. There may not be recycling facilities in rural areas and most of the time plastic bags end up in rivers and landfills.
Unlike the Orang Sungai of Kinabatangan and Bajau Ubian of Mantanani Island, Murut people in this area are mostly non-Muslim so rice wine is part and parcel of a celebration. It is OK to consume alcohol in this area.