The Valley In The Mist
Kiulu Valley is a small area in the District of Tuaran – the northwestern part of Sabah – with a population of over 2,000 people. Its name (Kiulu) was derived from a plant that is called Tulu, which is a small bamboo that commonly grows on the river banks.
Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for local communities in Kiulu Valley – this includes rubber plantations, fruit orchards, paddy fields and mixed gardens (mostly vegetables, pineapples and ginger).
Albert Teo, Managing Director and Founder of Borneo Eco Tours envisioned a community based ecotourism development in Kiulu Valley under Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society, with the aim of transforming it into an integrated ecotourism destination that includes farmstead, homestays and outdoor adventure activities such as quad biking, buffalo riding, river tubing, hiking and many more.
The principal objective behind Kiulu Valley is to alleviate poverty among the local communities by creating new income and job opportunities – a social entrepreneurship approach that acts as a catalyst for community development and capacity building.
Kiulu Valley is committed to using local resources (accommodation, activities and people), maintaining unique culture practices and developing rural tourism through training of hosts and linking homestays with surrounding products or activities.
This is what makes Kiulu Valley unique and a great place for family outings, school field trips, camping and team building activities. Kiulu Valley is a real learning experience and it is one of those experiences that will leave a lasting memory.
The Kiulu Farmstay is a community based ecotourism initiative that gives visitors a unique experience of living amongst 3 very hospitable and peaceful communities of Mantob village, Dumpiring Village and Pinagon Baru Village.
You can choose to stay at their two-bedroom self-contained eco-lodge equipped with kitchen and toilet, known as “Fig Tree” or camp outside in the most natural environment. Fig Tree was designed to reflect the Bornean communal culture whilst incorporating new technologies with an eco-lodge concept.
Among the activities that are offered in Kiulu Farmstay are quad biking, stone painting, hiking, paddy planting and many more.