Visit Malaysia - Kinabalu Park, Sabah
A forest reserve covering 754 sq km of rugged mountains covered with pristine jungle. Vegetation in the park is diverse ranging from lowland rainforest to temperate mountain oaks to alpine conifers. More than 1,200 species of wild orchids and 40 species of oaks can be found in the park. The world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, is found from 600 to 1,000 metres above sea level on the primary forest floor. Other unusual flora include the nepenthes pitcher plant which digests insects; the Dawsonia, the worlds largest moss and Low’s Rhododendron, whose flowers can reach 30cm in width.
Mountain ground squirrels and tree shrews can often be seen in the scrub vegetation. Along mountain trails, an occasional rednecked keelback snake can be seen sunning itself. The variety of birds in the park include mountain black eye, mountain black bird, Borneo eye bright, pale-faced bulbul, and the Kinabalu warbler. Popular activities in the park are to trek up Mt. Kinabalu or along the jungle trails around the Park Headquarters. The headquarters also has an Exhibit Centre and screens a Multi-vision show daily at 1:30 pm. Nearby is the Mountain Garden which features labeled plants.
The road journey from Kota Kinabalu to the Park Headquarters, which is 1,558 metres, takes two hours. Here daily temperatures range from 13 to 20 degrees Centigrade. Accommodation available includes hostel, chalets and cabins. It is advisable to book a place to stay before one enters the park. During the months of April, July, August and December, visits to the park are popular and early bookings are necessary. Alternative accommodations are available at Kundasang.