Maranggoi Reserve

The people of Pinolobu, have been conserving the community catchment of Maranggoi river for decades, as our important water source. In recent years we have opened up to ecotourism, allowing visitors to explore four cascading waterfalls with unique rock formations along the river, and discover rich flora and fauna around the catchment, a result of our commitment in conservation.

Collaborating with ecologist M.S. Khoo, we have begun to document the rare and interesting wildlife around Maranggoi. And to device better plan to reduce impact of tourists and to restore damaged habitats. Our trail cameras not only captured the presence of Bornean bearded pigs , munjacts and crested fireback (rare in most village areas, hunted as preferred bush meat), but also rare mammals like the tufted ground squirrel and banded linsang. At the same time, we have recorded on timelapse video the bloom of Rizanthes lowii, the much rarer relative of Rafflesia.

Conserving the Community Catchment of Maranggoi, by Eco-Adventure

Experience the beautiful forest of Maranggoi , and help us discover and document more species by visiting us. Your contribution will benefit our people while help to better conserve and rehabilitate the ecosystems. Basic day trip for river trekking starts from only RM100/pax, and overnight camp-out from only RM200/pax, inc. of meals and guides. Additionally, transport can be arranged separately from Kota Kinabalu town/airport or Kota Belud town. If you have more time, we may design an expedition to nearby villages and Kinabalu Park, too.

Conserving Community Catchment Maranggoi
Mammals on camera trap: (possibly the common) muntjac or backing dear (left) and the rare carnivorous civet, banded linsang
Conserving Community Catchment Maranggoi
Bird and mammal on camera trap: a big male Bornean bearded pig (left) and crested fireback
Conserving Community Catchment Maranggoi
Mammals on camera trap: a rare Bornean endemic, tufted ground squirrel (left), and a yellow-throated marten
The myco-heterotrophic plant, Sciaphila sp. (left) and the rare relative of Rafflesia, Rhizanthes lowii
A one-day-old bloom of Rhizanthes lowii, still attracting plenty of flies with its foul smell
Beautiful Begonia flowers (possibly B. gueritziana) and a well-camouflaged stick insect
learn ethnobotany
Our guide, Polly Bahan, sharing on how Dusun people traditionally use the fruits of Neesia (possibly N. synandra), as medicine