Day 8 Sabah Road Trip Maliau Basin Keningau
Published: 07/04/2021
Jalan Tawua - Keningau
On day 8 we drive to Keningau after a nice stay in Maliau Basin. This day is a 175km drive and only a few hours drive. The day is so short because we will not stop often along the way and because there are no details to stop for along this road.

The route we drive is a beautiful route with alternating forests, mountains and valleys surrounded by beautiful green nature.
The road is damaged in some places, so pay attention. We drive on the Jalan Nabawan-Kalabakan and Jalan Tawau - Keningau.
The road winds through forests and mountains. Along the route are a number of small villages where you can stop for a drink or something to eat. A number of stopping points are included in the route.

For a coffee we can stop at the Restaurant Rimba Rasa Tibow (RP2). Also make sure to buy some bottled water for the road.

At RP3 we pass on the left “Sapulut Forest Development”, a sustainable forestry company in the state of Sabah, Malaysia.
For decades, the Sabah rainforest was cleared on a large scale for its valuable wood for furniture, statues, house building, etc.
Although uncontrolled logging has stopped, its effect is still visible.
Many once-forested regions have been so severely degraded that they have been lost forever.
As a responsible forest company, Sapulut Forest Development hopes to be able to reverse the damage.

Sapulut Forest Development is also actively involved with the local communities as they are one of the valuable stakeholders. The community is involved in forestry activities through direct employment and running various community programs such as visiting charities, promoting local handicrafts, offering scholarships, charity contributions, protecting water resources in villages and awareness-raising talks. The programs have a direct impact on the social and economic well-being of the local communities.

Along the route we will pass several small cafes where we can stop for a break and have a drink or eat, like at RP5. You can also plan lunch in Kampung Sook (RP7). For this you have to turn left at RP6 at the roundabout and the next right to park at a square. There are several small eateries on both sides of the main road. Pay attention because TomTom does not know this way.

After lunch there is neither a short stop at the gas station (RP8) to refuel before continuing to the end point in Keningau. Just before the city is the Institut Pendidikan Guru - Kampus Keningau (RP9).
Known as the "University of the Interior", the first public institution in rural areas, the institute serves as the Center for Excellence in Pedagogy of Interior Sabah and works with agencies and government agencies. As a gem in the countryside, IPG Keningau Campus is well worth a quick photo stop.

The end of this day is Keningau, the capital of the Keningau district and is Sabah's fifth largest city as well as one of the oldest. Keningau is located between Tambunan and Tenom. The city had an estimated population of 173,130. In the city there are several hotels to choose from for the overnight stay.
Bridge Jalan Tawau - Keningau
RP2 Restaurant Rimba Rasa Tibow
Useful links:
Day 7 Sabah Road Trip Tawau Kalabakan Maliau Basin
Sapulut Forest Development
Day 9 Sabah Road Trip Keningau Tenom Sipitang

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Sabah (Malay pronunciation: [saˈbah]) is a state of Malaysia located on the northern portion of Borneo, in the region of East Malaysia. Sabah has land borders with the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the southwest and Indonesia's Kalimantan region to the south. The Federal Territory of Labuan is an island just off the Sabah coast. Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east. Kota Kinabalu is the state capital city, the economic centre of the state, and the seat of the Sabah state government. Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakan and Tawau. The 2015 census recorded a population of 3,543,500 in the state, and in 2019 it was estimated to have grown to over 3.9 million. Sabah has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant animal and plant species. The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which forms part of the Crocker Range National Park. Kinabatangan River, the second longest river in Malaysia runs through Sabah, and Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of Sabah as well as of Malaysia. The earliest human settlement in Sabah can be traced back to 20,000–30,000 years ago along the Darvel Bay area at the Madai-Baturong caves. The state has had a trading relationship with China starting from the 14th century AD. Sabah came under the influence of the Bruneian Empire in the 14th and 15th centuries, while the eastern part of the territory was given to the Sultanate of Sulu because the Sultanate had helped the Bruneian empire in a battle and as such it was given to them as a gift between the 17th and 18th centuries. The state was subsequently acquired by the British-based North Borneo Chartered Company in the 19th century. During World War II, Sabah was occupied by the Japanese for three years. It became a British Crown Colony in 1946. On 31 August 1963, Sabah was granted Independent and self-government by the British. Following this, Sabah became one of the founding members of the Federation of Malaysia (established on 16 September 1963) alongside Sarawak, Singapore (expelled in 1965), and the Federation of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia or West Malaysia). The federation was opposed by neighbouring Indonesia, which led to the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation over three years along with the threats of annexation by the Philippines along with the Sultanate of Sulu, threats which continue to the present day.Sabah exhibits notable diversity in ethnicity, culture and language. The head of state is the Governor, also known as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, while the head of government is the Chief Minister. The government system is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and has one of the earliest state legislature systems in Malaysia. Sabah is divided into five administrative divisions and 27 districts. Malay is the official language of the state; and Islam is the state religion, but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the state. Sabah is known for its traditional musical instrument, the sompoton. Sabah has abundant natural resources, and its economy is strongly export-oriented. Its primary exports include oil, gas, timber and palm oil. The other major industries are agriculture and ecotourism.
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Seen as one of the most beautiful provinces in Malaysia, Sabah is known for its scenic landscape with spectacular mountains, beautiful beaches, surreal sunsets, rich culture, friendliest people, winding roads, tall waterfalls, national parks and much more!

The roads in Malaysia are generally in good condition, but beware; there are also parts where the asphalt is poor and there can be potholes in the road surface. This can be dangerous, so caution is advised. During the rainy season (September-December) the roads can be slippery. Traffic in Malaysia drives on the left side of the road.

You can rent a motorcycle in Malaysia, but these are usually lighter models and often scooters. You can spend the night in hotels, B & Bs or campsites, which can easily be booked via the website in the review or via