The Rear of Simud Hitam Cave
The caves, located in a limestone outcrop near the Kinabatangan River in the East of Sabah, have
been harvested for their edible birds' nests for centuries. There are two
cave "systems" in the area - one producing the black nests, the other producing
the much more valuable white nests. As in Niah Caves in Sarawak, swiftlets
and bats co-habit the caves. The black nest cave - known as Simud
Hitam Cave - is the most accessible cave. Here the roof is 90 metres above
the floor of the cave, which is covered in guano which must be metres deep
and is home to thousands of the the largest cockroaches you are ever likely
to see. There are some 27 species of bats in the caves, the majority of
them being wrinkled-lipped bats.
The white nest cave - known as Simud Puteh Cave - is less easily
The bird life around the caves is particularly rich - birds which are
commonly sighted include Kingfishers, Crested Serpent Eagles and Asian
The caves can be accessed as an easy side trip from
Sukau Rainforest Lodge or the other lodges in the Sukau area.
Photograph on this page is courtesy of Phil Youdale.