Discover Kinabalu National Park - Kota Kinabalu
One interesting way to explore a foreign land is to stop by their best national parks. Although majority of social interactions that occurs here is between man and nature, being able to surround one’s self in the arms of Mother Nature somehow manages to calm the soul and be amazed by the natural wonders she has to offer. There are a handful of travelers who prefer to stray away from the crowded streets, and immerse themselves in a thick blanket of flora and fauna. So, if ever they do find themselves in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, then they will definitely fall in love with the city’s National Park.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the perfect place for those who want to journey through a sea of vegetation and climb Borneo’s highest peak. Filled with the sights and sounds of more than 4,500 species of plants and animals, it puts a smile and a certain delight to guests who have interests in botany and bird watching. Its cool climate is also part of its charm, giving visitors a one of a kind journey as they traverse through the park’s pathways. Hikers and trekkers are more than welcome to challenge Mount Kinabalu’s peak, and if they are successful, they are treated with a spectacular view that mixes the golden colors of the sky and the park’s mint green lands – creating a fantastic landscape, orchestrated by Mother Nature herself.
This lush forest is one of Sabah’s most treasured places. That is why, we, at Trip Guru, would like to remind future visitors that when you visit Kinabalu National Park, please respect its natural biodiversity and do your best not to create any waste and not to disturb the wildlife. Also, wear thick clothing once you get there – even if you are not participating in the climb to Mount Kinabalu – because the weather can get pretty chilly. If you are planning to climb the mountain, it is best that you reserve your slot/s six months before visiting, because only a maximum of 135 climbers are allowed per day.
From Kota Kinabalu, you can take a car or hire a taxi to take you directly to the park. However, if you prefer taking a bus, you may take a minibus that is headed to Ranau, Sandakan, or Tawau, and they will pass by the park’s entrance. Admissions fee costs around 15 MYR for foreign adults, 10 MYR for foreign children, 3 MYR for Malaysian adults, and 1 MYR for Malaysian children. An additional 120 MYR is needed if you plan to climb the mountain.
What our experts tell about this experience.
I'm sure I'll remember this place for the rest of my life. It was love at first sight with the National Park, definitely come here. It's worthy of being called a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trekking was a challenge but the reward was worth it. Landscape photos turned out gorgeous, and I'll definitely come back again.
Climbing Kinabalu’s peak was definitely the one of the best things that I’ve ever done. It was tiring and long, but the exercise was worth it. My camera was full of pictures of beautiful birds and flowers by the time I was done with the hike.