The Trekking in Kinabalu National Park Tour from Kota Kinabalu is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility and you can spend as much or as little time at any of the places that you visit. Unlike coach tours, which have tight schedules, the private option allows you to do the tour at your own pace.
At the start of the tour, you will be picked up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and will drive through the Crocker Range seeing stunning views of the jungle-covered hills on the way.
Then head on to Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the base of Mount Kinabalu. Standing at 4095.2 meters (13,435.7ft) above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South East Asia. Its foothills and surroundings have an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and make up one of the most important biological sites in the world.
Botanical stars of the park include Rafflesia, the world's biggest flower – its huge red blossoms can reach more than 170 cm in diameter but it blooms only rarely. Another Kinabalu specialty is the giant pitcher plant Nepenthes raja, which can hold up to 3.5 liters of water and has even been known to catch frogs and small mammals. The forest trees are garlanded with colorful orchids which make it a delight to walk the trails.
More than 300 bird species have been recorded in Kinabalu including the mountain bush warbler, Kinabalu friendly warbler, pale-faced bulbul and mountain black eye. Small mammals which inhabit the jungle include mountain squirrels, tree shrews and bats.
At the Park, you will enjoy a guided nature walk along one of the graded trails. You will also visit the Mountain Garden, where you will see a stunning collection of orchids, pitcher plants and other fascinating flora, some of which are found only at Kinabalu Park.
All this activity and fresh air will surely make you hungry. You can get a good lunch at the restaurant in the Park (payable direct).
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.