Kinabalu Park : National Park of Malaysia – Part 2

Kinabalu Park also known as Taman Kinabalu in Malay is Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Borneo.

History of Kinabalu Park

• The region was designated as a national park in 1964.
• Hugh Low who was the British colonial administrator and naturalist led an expedition from Tuaran to the region in 1895.
• He also became the first recorded man to reach the peak of Mount Kinabalu.
• The highest peak of the mountain was later named after him—Low’s Peak.

Fauna in Kinabalu Park

• Kinabalu Giant Red Leech
• Kinabalu Giant Earthworm
• Pygmy squirrels
• Fruit bats
• Thomas’ Pygmy-squirrels
• Black Shrews
• Kinabalu Shrews

29 bird species unique to Borneo include:
• Subspecies of the Red breasted Tree-partridge
• The Crimson-headed Wood-partridge
• Mountain Blackbird
• Rhinoceros Hornbills

There are:
• Over 1,000 moth varieties
• Numerous small reptiles
• Insects
• Spiders
• 600 known butterfly species
• 100 species of mammals
• Nocturnal or tree top dwellers

Primates include:
• Orang Utans
• Borneon Gibbons
• Leaf Monkeys
• Two distinctive nocturnal species, the Slow loris and the Tarsier.

Fees/Permits of The Park

– Park Entry Fees
Adult/ Person below 18: RM3/ RM1 (Malaysian), RM15, RM10 (Non-Malaysian)

– Climbing Permits for Mount Kinabalu
Adult/ Person below 18: RM30/ RM12 (Malaysian), RM100, RM40 (Non-Malaysian)

– Climbing Insurance
All visitors intending to attempt the summit need to purchase climbing insurance at RM7 from the park.

– Guides
• Engaging a guide is compulsory for those intending to make the summit climb.
• The cost ranges from RM128 to RM150 depending on the size of the group.

Transport to (and later, from)
• Via Timpohon Gate:RM16.50/way(1-4 persons) RM4/person (5 persons and above)
• Via Mesilau Trail:RM85.00/way(1-6 persons) RM15/person (7 persons and above)

Optional fees
• Souvenir certificate: RM 10
• Left-luggage: RM 10
• Portable Oxygen Bar: RM 35
• Wooden Walking stick: RM 5
• Metal Hiking Pole for rent : RM 15

Hire porters
Porters are for hire to carry your stuff to Laban Rata and back. The rate is RM8 for each kg of luggage.

Attractions Nearby (Poring)

• Butterfly farm
• Lowland Tropical Garden
• Poring Orchid Conservation Center : It has largest orchid collection.
• Ethnobotanical Garden : It has medicinal plant collection.
• Mini Botanical Garden : It has ornamental plant collection.
• Bamboo Garden : It has bamboo live species collection.
• Raflesia Garden : Life cycle of the world largest flower.

1. Canopy Walkway
• The canopy layer is situated more than 20 meters above the ground.
• It is a convenient natural hideout for many animals.
• The canopy walkway is the best ways to observe such animals.
• Animals on the canopy appear less fearful to human.
• The canopy walkway is essentially rope and steel cable suspension bridges.
• They zig-zag through the crowns of the tallest strongest and long lasting trees.
• They are such as “Menggaris” (Kompassia excelsa) and ‘Seraya’ (Shorea sp).
• The walkway is composed of a series of 5 meters aluminium ladders bolted together.
• They are suspended horizontally from cables.
• They are laced with polyester ropes.
• The open rungs of ladders are covered with walking boards.
• There is netting enclosed both sides to add safety.
• There are 3 circuits of canopy walkways.
• Their total length is of 373.6 meters.
• The height is up to 41 meters.
• This depends on the slope of the land below.
• The walkway is open to the public in May 1990.
• The first circuit has a ‘Y’ shape.
• It has a total length of 157.6 meters.
• It has been established as a tourist walkway.
• It is open from 9.00am – 4.00pm everyday.

2. Kipungit Waterfall
• This is the nearest waterfall from Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve.
• It takes about 15 minutes walk (1km).
• The waterfall is about 10 meters in height.
• It is suitable for group and family picnics.

3. Langanan Waterfall
• This is the highest waterfall in Poring.
• It is more than 120 meters in height.
• It takes approximately 2 hours trekking through the lowland tropical forest (3.4km).

4. Bat Cave
• This is about 30 minutes walk from the main entrance of Poring Hot Spring.
• It is along the way to Langanan Waterfalls.

5. Swimming Pool or Sulphur Bath
• Poring’s hot pools and swimming pools are located in a clearing in the forest.
• One needs to cross a short suspension bridge over the Mamut River.
• From there, a path leads past some old trees and a grove of Gigantochloa levis.
• There are a giant bamboo species from which Poring got its name.
• Water temperature in the 5 hot springs ranges between 49 to 60 degrees celcius.
• Visitors can enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
• They also can soak in sulphurous water channelled from the hot springs into tiled pools and tubs.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate in Malaysia is tropical.
• The north-east monsoon which is from October to February deluges Borneo and the east coast in rain.
• It often causes flooding, while the west coast which includes Langkawi and Penang escape unscathed.
• The milder south-west monsoon which is from April to October reverses the pattern.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. From Kota Kinabalu
The Kinabalu Park entrance is very easy to reach from Kota Kinabalu.

2. Minivan and bus
• Take Minivan from the Long Distance Bus Station
• It is available Near Night Market, City Center.
• The minivan going to Kinabalu Park leaves when it is full.
• It costs RM 15 one way.
• There are coaches available from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal in Inanam.
• This is 10km to the northeast of city center.
• Buses and coaches leave every morning for Kinabalu Park.
• Buses heading to Ranau, Sandakan or Tawau will also pass by the park entrance.
• The journey is about 1-2 hours.
• It costs between RM 10- RM 15.
• It’s best to leave before eight.
• This will help to get a beautiful clear view of the mountain outside the left-hand side of the bus upon nearing the park.
• Take a shared taxi from Jalan Padang.
• The station is located between Merdeka Field and the mosque.
• A ride between Kota Kinabalu and the park should cost RM15-RM18 each way.
• Taxis will only depart once they are full.

3. By Taxi
Regular taxis in Kota Kinabalu offer their services for RM150-200.

4. By Self-drive
Self-drive is another option.
• There is car hire readily available at Kota Kinabalu airport.
• The distance to the park entrance is just under 100km from Kota Kinabalu centre.
• Its around 40 km.
• There is very little road signage directing you to Kinabalu Park.
From Sandakan
– You can also catch buses from Sandakan.
– This is about six hour journey.
– Some mini-vans are also available.
– The journey took 4 hours and it costs RM 30.

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