Discover Garama River - Kota Kinabalu
For travelers who are seeking for a slow paced and peaceful journey in Malaysia, they need to head down to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, hop on a boat and explore the city’s lush forest on the Garama River. Although the island does boast numerous popular destinations, which are regularly flowing with people, this river offers a different kind of island experience, wherein visitors can sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural state of the amazing biosphere that surrounds this body of water.
Besides the various trees, flowers, and plants that are native to Malaysia, travelers might want to keep their eyes open and look out for proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, and Silver langurs, who call this part of Sabah their home. These curious creatures love to sit on or near the river’s shores as they watch over the boats passing them by, and exchange a few gestures to those who pique their interests. Visitors may also get a chance to view the fireflies light up the side of their vehicle – creating a magical trail of lights glittering above the river’s waters, to a lucky few.
Preserving Garama River’s natural beauty is always top priority, that is why, we, at Trip Guru, would like to remind future visitors to do their part and maintain the area’s landscape. It is wise not to create a lot of waste whilst on the boat, so if ever there is a need to throw trash, better keep it inside their pockets until they find the proper receptacle. Disturbing the wildlife during the journey is highly discouraged because besides disturbing the wildlife, they are feral animals, and can get aggressive if they are constantly being played with.
To get to the Garama River, travelers have to rent a private car or taxi and from the city of Kota Kinabalu, drive to Beaufort highway (which is in the southwest of Sabah), and then travel to Kampung Garama to begin the river adventure. It is always wise to bring extra cash, just in case an emergency is encountered and the like.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Possibly the only thing I didn't like about my trip was the crowds, honestly. Other than that, visiting the Garama River is worth it. I got a lot of good shots of flowers and trees, and it was fun to sit back and relax on a boat, not worrying about anything.