We run various river cruises in Sabah. Sandakan (Kinabatangan river with villages like Abai and Sukau) is famous for sightings of Proboscis Monkeys, Wild Orang Utans, Elephants, and many many more birds and animals.
Borneo is blessed with many tiny islands, famous for snorkeling and diving.
Maliau Basin conversation Area is one of Malaysia’s finest remaining wilderness areas. Bounded by formidable escarpment reaching over 1,675 metres above sea level, the almost circular Basin encompasses 390 km of pristine forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem, never permanently inhabited and with large areas still remaining to be explored and document. Remarkably, the whole Basin is a single huge water catchment, drained by one river only, the Maliau river, which flows out through a gorge in the southeast of the Basin, joining the kuamut River, and eventually the kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest and most important waterway.
Given that the area is in the wet tropics, and its special geology that is extremely conducive for selective weathering, crucial for waterfall have been discovered throughout the Basin, one of which is the magnificent 7-tier Maliau Falls. Located in the northern part of Maliau Basin is lake Linumunsut, through to be Sabah’s only non ox-bow freshwater lake. Here, one can find fossilized marine gastropods from 16-17 million years ago when the lake area was once a coastal zone.
In 1981, together with Danum Valley, Maliau Basin was made a conservation Area within the yayasan sabah’s long term forest Management Plan, to remain unlogged for conservation, education, research and recreation. While Danum Valley flourished into a world-renowned tropical research centre, Maliau Basin has remained in the shadows as Sabah’s Lost World’
My name is Olaf. I’m 40 years old and was born in the Netherlands. I have been living in Sabah since 2000 where I first fell in love with the country and then met my wife Wana. We got married in 2001 and had our first child (Hakim) in Aug 2004 and our second (Aishah) in Nov 2005.
Bored working with computers, I decided to do something different in my life and I started tour-guiding in Sabah, after doing a 4 month tourist guide course in a local college in Kota Kinabalu. In 2002 we bought land next to the river and together with Filipino workers we built our dream house in 5 months. I designed the house so that we could accommodate paying guests to cover the cost of living. I combine the B&B with freelance guided tours/expeditions etc.
Hobbies? I do have my own small boat and can go for a river cruise, sometimes I even take my family to one of the islands in front of KK (Kota Kinabalu). Cutting the grass is another thing which I really like to do each week but I will be happy if one of my team members would be big enough to help his dad :)!
I like to go out for dinner with my guests. Because everybody is asking me, why I live in Sabah, how did I met with Wana, etc. etc., I also ask them how my guests had met each other. Sometimes you get very nice stories, maybe I am going to write a book about it, so watch out, do not tell me too much!
I still remember that in the spring of 2004, I’ve got my first big booking for a family. After that the bookings kept on coming and since then it went very quick upwards. So many people have already stayed in our house and I hope that for the years to come, many tourists will visit Sabah and maybe those who are reading these lines can come and visit me and my team in Kota Kinabalu. Everybody is most welcome.