Kinabalu Park
Kinabalu Park
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Dominated by Mount Kinabalu, the park preserves tropical lowland forest and wildlife.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing experience
    This is the National Park at Mt Kinabalu and is a World Heritage Site. Inside the park is the Botanical Gardens. There is an entrance fee for both. There are a lot of hiking trails within the park. There is accommodation and a restaurant. We came here on a day trip from Kota Kinabalu, to visit the Botanic Gardens mainly. We were somewhat disappointed. There wasn't much to see - either the vegetation or the views, because of the poor weather. The meal in the restaurant was very ordinary.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Soko37
    Budapest, Hungary11,917 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy day in the park
    It took us around two hours to travel from Kota Kinabalu on rented motorbikes, good weather and low traffic on Saturday. It started to rain when we started first hike. Park is great for ordinary people who do not climb 🧗 highest peak. You can stay whole day, many trails, short and long ones, some restaurants available, well marked and labelled. It is for families with kids, teenagers, even older ones. I saw some people in sandals 🩴 or flip flops. This park is definitely for good hiking shoes, not even sneakers 👟. Pls take water and some fruits 🍇 for whole day, rain jacket 🧥 and jumper is great. Temperature could change quickly. When is great weather, you see mountains around, when raining 🌧️ you have just great hiking. Rainy days are making hiking trails slippery and muddy. Hiking to the top is extra story to be planned and studied ahead, this is not for spontaneous decision. Park has got accommodation and restaurant.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 9, 2024
  • HPWu
    Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place that must visit
    An amazing place. It was 4095m height. There are 5 highest mountains in South East Asia located in Sabah. We rent the car and the driver himself brought visitors for hiking. Jai is an experience in hiking and expert in snake. Know the forest very well. If you need a guide can contact him at +60 14-353 1949.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 22, 2024
  • Sharan K
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do this first when visiting Kundasang
    We drove to the park on our last day at Kundasang, on our way back to Kota Kinabalu. Regretted not doing it earlier as the insights gained during our free guided tour would have inspired us to do more trails and treks and ensured that we scheduled time for Poring hot springs, the canopy walk and seeing the Rafflesia, which is all part of the Park experience but located an hour away (The whole Kinabalu reserve is slightly bigger than Singapore!). Anyway, the free guided tour of one of Silau-Silau trail by Sabah Parks guide Jeremy was fun and informative and is highly recommended. The insights shared by Jeremy will enrich your Kinabalu experience so be sure to do this first when visiting Kundasang.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 16, 2024
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Lynn Mano
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Cool, calm, peaceful, serene and beautiful experience going through this national park. The sound of small insects and the river flowing is like music to our ears. There were many types of plants in the park. Our guide, Luq from Amazing Borneo is very knowledgeable explaining the many types of plants we saw. It was a very good experience for us since we learn new things about mother nature.
Written September 30, 2020
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Soko37
Budapest, Hungary11,917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It took us around two hours to travel from Kota Kinabalu on rented motorbikes, good weather and low traffic on Saturday. It started to rain when we started first hike. Park is great for ordinary people who do not climb 🧗 highest peak. You can stay whole day, many trails, short and long ones, some restaurants available, well marked and labelled. It is for families with kids, teenagers, even older ones. I saw some people in sandals 🩴 or flip flops. This park is definitely for good hiking shoes, not even sneakers 👟. Pls take water and some fruits 🍇 for whole day, rain jacket 🧥 and jumper is great. Temperature could change quickly. When is great weather, you see mountains around, when raining 🌧️ you have just great hiking. Rainy days are making hiking trails slippery and muddy. Hiking to the top is extra story to be planned and studied ahead, this is not for spontaneous decision. Park has got accommodation and restaurant.
Written February 10, 2024
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Sharan K
Kelana Jaya9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We drove to the park on our last day at Kundasang, on our way back to Kota Kinabalu. Regretted not doing it earlier as the insights gained during our free guided tour would have inspired us to do more trails and treks and ensured that we scheduled time for Poring hot springs, the canopy walk and seeing the Rafflesia, which is all part of the Park experience but located an hour away (The whole Kinabalu reserve is slightly bigger than Singapore!).

Anyway, the free guided tour of one of Silau-Silau trail by Sabah Parks guide Jeremy was fun and informative and is highly recommended. The insights shared by Jeremy will enrich your Kinabalu experience so be sure to do this first when visiting Kundasang.
Written April 17, 2024
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Lor6969
Cambridge, UK276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We are not fit to climb so we only done one trail there in the afternoon. We did not see anything on the hike (SilauSilau Trail) but we are very happy that we went to the botanical garden. We did the free tour at 3pm and we saw a lots of plants. The most expensive Orchidea there. Without the guide we will have missed it! Thanks again
Written March 5, 2020
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Cheeps21
Singapore, Singapore442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We drove around the park road circuit first to check out the sights & the we parked at the entrance & did the shortest 650m Pandanus trail Ina clockwise manner.

It started with a treacherous climb up a steep slope, slippery at some parts for 15min, fortunately, the remaining 30min was easier walking and descend was nice & gentle.

I enjoyed hiking through the mossy forest to see the various plants in this primary (probably) forest.
Written June 15, 2022
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is the National Park at Mt Kinabalu and is a World Heritage Site. Inside the park is the Botanical Gardens. There is an entrance fee for both. There are a lot of hiking trails within the park. There is accommodation and a restaurant. We came here on a day trip from Kota Kinabalu, to visit the Botanic Gardens mainly. We were somewhat disappointed. There wasn't much to see - either the vegetation or the views, because of the poor weather. The meal in the restaurant was very ordinary.
Written July 1, 2023
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HPWu
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An amazing place. It was 4095m height. There are 5 highest mountains in South East Asia located in Sabah. We rent the car and the driver himself brought visitors for hiking. Jai is an experience in hiking and expert in snake. Know the forest very well. If you need a guide can contact him at +60 14-353 1949.
Written March 22, 2024
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Christine B
Fordingbridge, UK1,434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Just before I got to Kinabalu Park (ie fairly close to Poring Hot Springs), I spotted a sign that there were Rafflesia flowers in bloom in a private area.
I had to pay to be taken there (30 ringgits) but it was so worth it.
There were 2 fresh blooms, close together & also some buds nearby that were next to bloom.
I was thrilled to see them as they are pretty rare.
Written March 8, 2020
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Kawita
Penang, Malaysia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
As a person who adore flower and nature,absolutely loved the place. Thanks to sabah booking the guide explained in detailed about each plant. First time I saw nepenthes. Never see the pitcher plant before. The plant species here was so unique and rare.Worth the trip. Loved it.
Written April 4, 2020
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Sim
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Got a chance to view the Rafflesia Flower while on the way to Poring Hot Spring. And I fulfilled my bucket list. Although there is only one bloom, at least I had seen the real one. This is a private garden as such have to pay MYR30. It still value for money.
Written February 11, 2020
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