Meet the artisans of Sabah: the Rungus, a sub-tribe of the Kadazandusun, in a 2D1N cultural experience program with a unique visit to the very Tip of Borneo in Kudat!
Ex-Kota Kinabalu A 3-hour drive, some 190km north of Kota Kinabalu, lies the quiet town of Kudat. The region is famous for its rich cultural heritage and blending of ethnic groups, especially the Rungus, which is Kudat’s largest ethnic group. A sub-tribe of the Kadazandusun, the Rungus are renowned in Sabah as highly skilled artisans, producing colourful beaded necklaces from local plant seeds and clay, as well as basketry and cloth weaving. The designs usually signifying old fables and legends with motifs of ancient designs.
Our overnight trip takes you to the north of Kota Kinabalu, passing Kota Belud and into the Kudat district, on the way you will see how traditional gongs are made and where Sabah’s local honey is produced, before heading to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the northernmost point on the island of Borneo.
The Rungus still maintain their community system and you can witness their unique lifestyle by visiting a genuine Bavaggazo Longhouse. The longhouse was planned and developed as a cultural centrepiece by the Rungus community at Kampong Bavaggazo as a means to display and conserve their cultural heritage.
The longhouse is made from tough wooden pillars and bamboo walls and roofs. It’s generally very cool and provides natural ventilation. Each room can accommodate 2 people, each on a single mattress, which comes with pillows, bedsheets and blankets, all covered by mosquito nets.
Besides the longhouse, but within walking distance, you have a choice of either modern, communal bathroom facilities, or you can opt for the traditional way beside the river.
As a cultural experience, the longhouse emulates the traditional ways of living, meaning no electricity, local food and a traditional lifestyle to incorporate song and dance.
- Bavaggazo Rungus Longhouse
- Cultural Performance
- Gong Factory & Bee Farm
- Tip of Borneo
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
The day starts with a pickup from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and the transfer to Kudat. There you will visit a bee farm and the gong factory to see how the traditional instruments are made. Lunch is served at the Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse.
You will visit the Tip of Borneo before heading back to the Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse for your overnight stay. You will enjoy dinner and a cultural performance, before you spend the night in basic longhouse accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
You wake up the next morning with a breakfast provided, before bidding farewell to the Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse hosts at 9am. You will then visit Kudat town for a brief sightseeing trip and lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.
- Return transfers from Kota Kinabalu hotel accommodation, 1 night accommodation at the Rungus Longhouse, 2 lunches, 1 dinner & 1 breakfast, Cultural performance, Entrance fees, Visit to Bee Farm and Gong Factory, English-speaking guide.
- Alcohol and carbonated drinks, personal items, other items not explicitly stated.
- Camera, Insect repellent, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat.
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.