The Kinabalu National Park is located in Sabah, approximately an hour and a half drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Covering an area of 754 square kilometres, the highest mountain in South East Asia called Mount Kinabalu is located here. This granite mountain is 4,093 metres above sea level and is the focal point of this park. Mount Tambuyukon at 2,579m is also located here. It is the third highest mountain in Sabah.
This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2000 for being one of the most important biological sites in the world. There are many trails that you can explore while here with duration ranging from 15 minutes to 2 hours. You will need to employ a guide for safety reason.
If you plan to scale Mount Kinabalu mountain, be prepared to allocate at least 3 days for this feat. You will spend 2 nights in the mountain huts along the way to the peak. As you scale this mountain, you will see conifer forests, mountain streams, orchids and ferns.
Hear the sound of insects that permeates the calmness and the stillness of the virgin forest. If you are fortunate, you may see and smell the maiden's veil fungus Dictyophora - a delicate plant with foul smelling mucous on the outer surface of its cap.
Entrance fees to this park are RM3/adult and RM1/child. Non-Malaysians fees are RM15/adult and RM10/child.
Climber's permit is required to climb Mount Kinabalu and can be purchased at Kinabalu Park. For Malaysians, the adult fee is RM50 and children below 18 years is RM30. Non-Malaysian pays RM200/adult and RM80/child. Make sure you build up your stamina prior to coming here by running, jogging, climbing stairs etc.
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There is an abundance of flora and fauna in this park. The diversity of plant life which has been preserved hundreds of years ago make it a worthwhile visit. Remember to bring along your camera to capture some of the amazing plants such as the pitcher plant and white necklace orchid.
There are over 1,200 species of wild orchids which you may have bypassed without knowing it. It will be great if you could get a guide who will explain to you the various species of flora and fauna found in this park .
Accommodation at Kinabalu National Park
There are many affordable accommodation at Kinabalu Park. The rates are higher during the weekend hence if you are on tight budget, do plan your overnight trip during the weekdays. Nepenthes Villa is a 2 bedrooms unit that can accommodate 4 persons.
Kinabalu Lodge and Rajah Lodge have bedrooms that can accommodate 6 persons. There are other choices of accommodation as well.
Tel: +60 17 450 2009 or +60 17 262 2009
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