Kudat Rungus Longhouse Tour (Full Day)
Kudat, a three-hour drive north of Kota Kinabalu, is famous for its rich cultural
heritage and blending of ethnic groups, especially the Rungus, the largest and
the main ethnic group living in Kudat. The Rungus, a sub-tribe of the Kadazandusun,
are the main ethnic group living in the Kudat region. They are renowned in Sabah
as highly skilled artisans, who traditionally make colourful beaded necklaces
from local plant seeds and clay, with motifs of ancient designs, usually signifying
old fables and legends. They are also highly skilled at basketry and cloth weaving.
The Bavaggazo longhouses also known as "Binatang", are unique attractions
for visitors as they were planned and developed as a cultural centrepiece by the
Rungus community at Kampong Bavaggazzo as a means to display and conserve their
cultural heritage while engaging in an economically sustainable venture. Guests
can experiencing life in a longhouse while taking part in community activities
such as weaving and bead stringing. Longhouse meals are mainly home grown, featuring
fish and seafood as well as wild ferns and fruits. The evening brings a festive
'party' atmosphere to the longhouse, with the rhythmic playing of gongs and villagers
resplendent in their traditional black costume, complete with elaborate beads.
You will be taken on a pleasant drive to north of Kota Kinabalu, Passing by
Kota Belud lies to Kudat district for your Rungus Longhouse tour. The Rungus still
maintain the longhouse community system and you can witness their unique lifestyle.
Enjoy your lunch before returning back to Kota Kinabalu.
Water bottle, insect repellent, long pants, trekking shoes, personal toiletries,
light jacket, and insect repellent.