Tagal Maranggoi, or Maranggoi River Reserve: conserving the community catchment of Maranggoi watershed and its biodiversity.
In recent years we have opened up to ecotourism, by establishing Tagal Maranggoi Eco Tourism, managed by Koperasi Pinolobu. This program allows 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 our biodiversity by visiting us. Your contribution will benefit our people while helping 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 a combined expedition to nearby villages and Kinabalu Park, too.
Wildlife on camera traps:
(All text and photos by our Scientific Advisor, M.S. Khoo unless otherwise stated. All rights reserved)