Nestled amongst the quiet foothills of Mount Kinabalu about 2 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu is the Dusun village of Sayap. Since 2015 Sticky Rice Travel has been assisting Sayap Village in establishing community based tourism as an alternative livelihood for local community members. The result of this so far is the establishment of 7 homestay families who are now able to provide lodging for tourists wanting experience what life is like in a rural Dusun community.
Few places in Sabah offer the raw cultural immersion that the Sayap Village Homestay program is able to provide. The concept of tourism is still quite a novelty for the local community, whilst the majority of people lack english speaking skills their friendliness and hospitality is incredibly humbling and they always find a way to make do.
Simple, clean private rooms with single and/or queen bed(s) with linen and blankets. Ceiling and/or stand fan are available in each room – no air conditioning needed as temperature is pleasantly cool at night. All communal toilet & shower.
Your host family will provide delicious but simple meals cooked with fresh produce supplied direct from the village – vegetarians and special diets catered for.
Each homestay within the program is equipped with western toilets and showers (cold water only). There is a small convenience store where you can get basic supplies such as cold drinks and snacks.
The village is located about 1-1.5 hours drive from Kota Belud town nestled amongst the foothills of Mount Kinabalu and is surrounded by agricultural land and forested hillsides.
Pick-up at your hotel at 9.30am and drive for 2 hours to Sayap Village, stopping at points of interests along the way. Meet your host and check-in upon arrival and enjoy lunch at the local homestay with your host family. After lunch, your guide and host will introduce you to the ways of life in a local Dusun village. The Dusuns are the biggest ethnic group in Sabah, most living subsistence lifestyles in terms of agricultural farming which includes rice, fruit and vegetable plantation. Spend the day exploring the village farmlands and pick your own fruit (coconut, pineapple, tarap and other local seasonal fruit) to enjoy fresh or bring back with you to your homestay where you can learn how to cook a local dish, make fruit jam or ferment it. A traditional Dusun dinner will be served at your host’s home in the evening.
Lunch / Dinner
Wake up early and join your host family and local villagers in the rubber plantations where you will learn about tapping rubber and see if you can master the skill. Return back to your homestay where you will enjoy breakfast and prepare a day pack for a nature hike to explore the nearby primary montane rainforest.
You will travel a short distance from the village to the Sayap Substation that lies along the boundary of Kinabalu National Park. With an extensive network of trails, this hidden oasis allows you to experience montane forest, an abundance of bird life, and a refreshing swim along the cascading Kemantis Waterfall that flows through the substation area. A picnic lunch will be served along with some spare time to soak up the serenity before returning back to Sayap Village.
Upon your return to your homestay you will learn how to catch locally farmed freshwater fish using the traditional methods of the Dusun people. In the evening, enjoy another scrumptious dinner and farewell ceremony with your host.
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Wake up early and enjoy morning breakfast cooked by your host. Depart to Kota Kinabalu at 9.00 am and expect to arrive by 11 am.
Return land transfer form Kota Kinabalu pick up and drop off can also be arranged at Kundasang, accommodation, meals as specified in programme, Sticky Rice Travel nature guide and local host, activities as specified in programme, drinking water, coffee & tea, snacks, and community fee.
Additional meals and beverage not specified in program, and tips or gratuities for guides & homestay owners.
Hat, sunscreen, camera, towel, change of clothes.
Daily based on minimum 2pax.
Perfect for adventurers looking to get off the beaten track to get a taste of what life is like in a rural community in Sabah and experience the heart warming hospitality of Dusun people.