Taliwas River Conservation Area (TRCA)

 

INTRODUCTION

TRCA previously known as Taliwas Camp by Sabah Forestry Department, is located about 36km from Lahad Datu town, or 24km to the west of Silam and some 45km east of Danum Valley Conservation Area.

 

TRCA covers a unique ultramafic and lowland forest area of about 9,546 hectares. In the mid-1970s to 1980s, some of the areas within TRCA had been treated either with agroforestry technique or silvicultural treatments through girdling and enrichment planting by the Sabah Forestry Department before its management was handed over to the Group in 1991. TRCA, one of the earliest silviculturally treated areas, enriched with dipterocarps, is managed by the Group for research, education, training and eco-tourism. In 2012, the area was upgraded to Class 1 (Protection) Forest Reserve.

 

The presence of its natural logged over forest, easily trekked Taliwas waterfall, coupled with soothing, refreshing clean jungle fresh air and crystal clear water and fishes in Taliwas River and together with some necessary recreational infrastructures make TRCA a family destination and school retreats for outdoor recreation (picnics and camping), environmental education and motivation/team-building camps.

 

TRCA also boasts a beautiful, serene natural lake (Pandan Lake) which is frequented by birds, mammals and reptiles.

 

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FACILITIES

Waterfall, Camping site , Walking track, Cycling track, Reception, Badminton court, Football field, Open hall, Picnic ground, Souvenirs shop, Surau, Public toilet/Changing room, Toilet and Bathroom, the coking and dining area, barbecue grill stand and bench.  The electricity supply at TRCA is only available from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm daily (Lights -off).

 

Taliwas River Study Centre (TRSC)

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES

Camping, Visit waterfall, Swimming, Team building games, Nature walk/Trekking, Cycling, Water recreation, Bird watching, Orienteering, Eco-Challenge, Educational Environmental Programme.

Team building games

 

 

Water recreation

Bird watching

 

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Nature walk/Trekking

 

Camping

 

 

TRCA Trails Map

 

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Trails currently available at TRCA:

1.         Trail to Taliwas waterfall (trail loop to TRCA’s office) (6.2 KM)

2.         Gravity Trail for night walk (668 M)

3.         Trail to Vanilla waterfall (5.7 KM)

4.         Trail Durian for night walk (832 M)

5.         Trail Elephant KM18 for night walk or cycling (4.7 KM)

6.         Trail Tower for night walk (1.3 KM)

(Distance is from the Studies Centre).

 

 

 

ATTRACTIONS

1.            Pandan Lake.  TRCA also boasts a beautiful, serene natural lake (Pandan Lake) which is frequented by birds, mammals and reptiles.  The Pandan Lake is a great place for picnic, visitor normally come here for bird watching, wildlife sighting and kayaking.

2.            Wildlife survey such as Bornean pygmy elephants.

3.            Waterfall and trails.

 

Pandan Lake

 

 

Vanilla waterfall

Taliwas waterfall

 

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Bornean pygmy elephant

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Visiting Hours

 

There are two security gates along the road leading to TRCA, namely at KM 11 and TRCA (KM 21) gate.   Gate at KM.11 close at 9:00 pm daily, therefore visitors are advised to arrive at TRCA before sunset.  Gate at KM 21 close at 10:00 pm daily.  Both gates open at 6:00 am daily.

The Taliwas River Conservation Area also has an office opposite to Lahad Datu Airport.

Opening hours:

Mon-Thu: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm                          

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am - 11:30 am               

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: Closed

 

TRCA provides the following transportation:

1.            Charter vehicle (4WD - 4 seater)

RM120 per vehicle each way (departure time is flexible)

 

Visitors can also opt for the following transportation arrangements:

1.            By flight: Daily flights from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu (55 minutes, and additional one hour by road to TRCA (36 KM from Lahad Datu).

 

2.            By road: from Kota Kinabalu (10 hours), from Sandakan (5 hours) and from Tawau (4 hours).

 

Self-drive vehicles into the Taliwas River Conservation Area are required to apply for the vehicle permit in advance.

 

Prior reservation should be made in advance.

 

 

For more information inquiry:

Yayasan Sabah

Conservation Area Management Division

(Danum Valley/Silam/Taliwas) & Forest Rehabilitation

Level 9, Tun Mustapha Tower

Likas Bay, P.O. Box 11201

88813 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Telephone No: +6 088 326 320

Fax: +6 008 326 315

Email: dinisiah.cemd@gmail.com

 

Taliwas River Conservation Area

Block 3, MDLD 3286

Ground Floor, Fajar Centre

P. O. Box 60282

91112 Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia

Telephone No. 6089880441/6089880825/6089823110/6089-823111,

Email: feva_fj@yahoo.com / alizaliah@yahoo.com

 

 

Additional Information

 

1.            For reservation made and confirmed 30 days or more prior to arrival, prospective visitors shall be required to make a deposit payment of 50% of the total charges  made within seven (7) working days in order to secure the reservation.  For reservation made and confirmed 30 days or more prior to arrival, prospective visitors shall be required to make a deposit payment of 50% of the total charges  made within seven (7) working days in order to secure the reservation.

 

2.         Visitors intending to undertake jungle trekking are advised to bring proper attires, shoes, leech socks, raincoat, water bottle, food container & utensils, torchlight and personal toiletries. (Please refer to Conditions of Entry into Conservation Area and list of Do’s and Don’ts).