PACKAGE: Botanical Gardens Of Kinabalu Park
DURATION: Full Day
Meet at the lobby by 09.00am and make a scenic drive for 1½ hours to Mount Kinabalu National Park. The journey will take you pass some traditional and scenic villages, paddy fields and lush green forest along the mountainous road.
Your guided tour starts at 11.00am with a ranger; you will be trekking along Silau-Silau Trail and end up at the Mountain Garden – this garden is an excellent showcase of the diverse plant-life on the mountain as flora from all over the park has been replanted here – many of the plants are rare and endemic to Mount Kinabalu National Park. The activity is expected to finish by 01.00pm. Then proceed to Balsam Restaurant for your lunch.
By 02.30pm depart for Mesilau Nature Resort. Your guided tour starts at 03.00pm with a ranger; you will be exploring the Nepenthes Garden – this is a natural garden on a mountain slope, which is covered with naturally growing pitcher plants, including the giant Nepenthes Rajah. The activity is expected to finish by 05.00pm. Then proceed to Panataran Restaurant for a quick coffee and tea break before returning to Hotel, reaching the resort by 07.00pm. END OF SERVICE
Kinabalu National Park was recognised as the first State Park in Sabah (East Malaysia) in 1964 and then declared by the UNESCO in 2000 as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site for its pristine and diverse biological qualities. Kinabalu National Park covers a staggering 75,400 hectares; this melting pot of natural wonders is almost as much as the whole island of Singapore.
Kinabalu National Park is also known as the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia; the park records more than 5,000 vascular plant species – about 1,000 wild and common orchid species, 621 fascinating fern species, 9 attractive Nepenthes species, 29 colourful Rhododendron species and 2 charming Rafflesia species. Kinabalu National Park is also home to some 90 lowland mammal species, 22 montane mammal species, 21 bat species, 326 bird species, 62 toad and frog species and 850 butterfly species. It has also been found that 29 bird species are endemic to Borneo, 17 species are confined in the highlands and they include subspecies of the Red breasted Tree-partridge, Crimson-headed Wood-partridge and Mountain Blackbird. Such diversity truly makes Kinabalu National Park perfect to be naturalists’ paradise in the near future.
The majestic Mount Kinabalu is the main attraction at Kinabalu National Park; Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo standing at 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level. Apart from attracting mountain climbers around the world, Mount Kinabalu also offers visitors to experience the world’s highest and Asia’s first Via Ferrata or ‘iron road’ at 3,200m to 3,800m above sea level, which is organised by Mountain Torq. Mount Kinabalu attracts thousands of climbers from all over the world every year and more so as it is the venue of the annual Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon.
Facilities surrounding the Kinabalu National Park are consisting of natural attractions and enjoyable activities. The Kinabalu Natural History Gallery is a great place to learn what the park has to offer through fascinating exhibitions on the flora, fauna and geological make-up of this beautiful park. Video presentations are screened daily at the Liwagu’s Visitors Centre.
Poring Hot Springs, one of sub-stations of Kinabalu National Park is located approximately an hour’s drive from the park headquarters and about 400m above sea level. The facilities found here include hot sulphuric spring; the hot water will be channelled to several Japanese-styled ‘open-air’ bathtubs for visitors to enjoy its therapeutic values. There is a 41-metre canopy walk for visitors who enjoy the towering canopies; an excellent spot to enjoy the sound and sight of the forest and its habitats. Waterfalls such as Kipungit and Langanan offer a refreshing dip and the butterfly farm as well as the orchid conservation centre are interesting for visitors who want to learn more about the natural wonders of Sabah.