Rested at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, Kinabalu National Park is the main tourist destination in Sabah. Located at Ranau, this place is the second attraction we found along the way to Kundasang.
Kinabalu National Park covers an area of 754 square kilometer and it was gazetted as a park in 1964. According to its history, the establishment of a protected area in Kinabalu was possible after a report from the Royal Society Kinabalu Scientific expedition in 1962-1964 led by Prof. Corner.
Kinabalu National Park was Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, approved in the year 2000. UNESCO chose this site thanks to the more than 5000 vascular plant species and 90 lowland mammal species that can be found there. The most famous plant in Kinabalu National Park is the Rafflesia, a parasitic flowering plant that produces the largest flower in the world.
One of Kinabalu National Park main attractions is the majestic Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia and South East Asia with its height of 4,905.2 meters above sea level.
This park has become in recent years a popular spot for mountaineers and jungle trekkers. Kinabalu National Park is surrounded by bountiful natural attractions and enjoyable activities such as mountain biking, canopy walking, farm tours and not to forget photography.
Kinabalu National Park headquarters is 88 kilometres away from the city of Kota Kinabalu; there are sealed roads leading towards the park headquarters from other parts of Sabah, and you need to cross the park to get to Mount Kinabalu summit. You can reach Kinabalu National Park by car, van, bus or taxi from Kota Kinabalu or from Kundasang.
There is a variety of accommodations available within the park, as well as hostels and chalets in its vicinities. For more information on the park, visit their website at http://www.sabahparks.org.my/index.php/the-parks/kinabalu-park