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Canopy Walks in Borneo

See where birds fly and gibbons jump in Borneo


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If you visit Borneo, don't miss observing its clumsy orangutans, cute pygmy elephants, and huge stinky rafflesias. Moreover, all these can be done, while playing hide and seek on the steel or wooden stairs of a canopy walk that swirl between tree branches.

The Mulu National Park Canopy Walk in Sabah province is one of the oldest in Malaysia. It is 480 meters long and crosses the river at a height of 25 meters. If you take this wooden walk, it will guide you right to the equally impressive Mulu Caves and bat observatory.

Parting shot of the rope bridge in Kota Kinabalu 2020
Parting shot of the rope bridge in Kota Kinabalu

The Maliau Basin Sky Bridge is believed to be the oldest canopy walk in Sabah Borneo. In addition, Maliau Basin is one of the least explored areas here, so reaching the canopy itself may be a difficult task, though of course easier with the help of tour guides. You have to be ready to cross a river and climb a 45-degree vertical canopy before entering the first observation tower. Anyway, it is worth it, as the view is gorgeous and flying by birds and jumping gibbons will be ready to greet you.

View from the Canopy Walk 2020
View from the Canopy Walk

The Poring Canopy Walk is one of the most popular, as it is easy to reach from Kinabalu Park and it is comparatively easy. Also, it is the highest in Sabah at 43 meters in height, which stands above the rainforest canopy and runs near hot springs.

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo 2020
Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Canopy walks are accessible at any time of the year, but the April-June period is the best time, as the weather is relatively dry and the air is free from forest fire smog, which arrives usually in July.

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