Located in the west coast of Sabah region within the district if Ranau, Kinabalu National Park is one of the pristine landscapes you can’t miss in Malaysia.
It is home to the most admired Mount Kinabalu ( the highest mountain between Himalayas and New Guinea) which is a famous trekking spot, along with other beautiful waterfalls and hot springs. Kinabalu is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering an area of 750 square kilometers
It is quite large compared to Singapore and has a wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland to tropical mountain forest. Kinabalu has been identified as a Centre of Plant Diversity and has exceptional species from the Himalayas, China and Australia.
The Kinabalu National park has around 6,000 species including orchids, Ficus, ferns and Nepenthes. It is also home to the largest flower in the world- Rafflesia.
Some of the rare species found in this park include Blue-banded Kingfisher, Red-throated Sunbird, Kinabalu Squirrel, Asian Green Broadbill, Malaysian Blue-flycatcher and Whitehead’s Trogon.
Here are 7 things to do while in Kinabalu Park:
1. A trek to Mount Kinabalu is a must when you visit Kinabalu Park. But since it’s quite steep, you require two days to complete the trek and will need a lot of preparation and stamina for the same. However, the park is a beautiful spot, with several walking trails at the base of the mountain with a pleasant climate.
2. If you want to soothe your mind and those fatigued nerves then the best place to visit is the Poring hot springs. The hot sulphuric water is said to have healing properties.
3. You can also check out the butterfly farm,the orchid garden and suspension bridge through the forest canopy in the precincts of the hot springs.
4. Just about 7 kms past the entrance to Kinabalu National Park you can find the Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens which has four gardens and a pool. It is in memory of the people who died in the world war II.
5. There are activities like rope ascending and rappelling in the park alongside visiting the Kipungit and Langanan waterfalls that you should not miss.
6. If you want a spectacular bird’s eye view of Kinabalu then the signal hill observatory platform is the highest point in Kota Kinabalu. It gives you a 270 degree view of the entire place.
7. Don’t miss the Manukan Island where you can swim, snorkel, parasail and take a jungle trail, which is an alternative route to the breathtaking sunset point on the east of the island.
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