Kinabalu Park

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Kinabalu Park
– Malaysia First World Heritage

The Kinabalu Park covers a staggering area of 754 sq.km.(291 sq.mi.).Translated, it is bigger than Singapore Island! Establish as a state park in 1964, this botanical paradise is ranges over 4-climate zones, from the rich lowland dipterocarp forest through the montane oak, rhododendron, and coniferous forests, to the alpine meadows plants. And stunted bushes of the summit zone. Kinabalu Park has probably one of the richest flora collections in the world.

Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia --- Carnivorous rafflesia flower (Rafflesia keithii) in Kinabalu National Park on Borneo, Malaysia. --- Image by © Frans Lanting/Corbis
Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia — Carnivorous rafflesia flower (Rafflesia keithii) in Kinabalu National Park on Borneo, Malaysia. — Image by © Frans Lanting/Corbis

Highways and sealed roads have made the park easily accessible. Now it’s an easy 2 hour scenic drive from Kota Kinabalu. It is a popular getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city where visitors can enjoy the cool invigorating air. Or, for the more intrepid to explore the forest trails or conquer Mt.Kinabalu itself. While the focus of the park is the mountain, about 80% of the visitors don’t climb all the way to the peak but come simply to enjoy the serenity of place.

Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu Park
Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu Park

The gateway to the summit of Borneo is the4 Kinabalu Park Headquarters, situated on the sourthern baoundary, at an elevation of 1,563 m.(5,000ft).Most of the Park’s modern facilities are located here, from visitor’s accommodation, restaurants and exhibit centres, to the Park’s offices where overnight visitors and climbers must register.

A minimal entrance is fee is imposed at the entrance of the Kinabalu Park HQ.

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