Embrace the peace of nature as you explore Kinabalu Park and spend the night ensconced in the forest, far removed from your urban lifestyle.
Day 1 - Nabalu Market / Kinabalu National Park
Begin the tour with a leisurely drive to Nabalu Market, approximately 2 hours’ drive away from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Stop and stretch your legs at Nabalu Market where an assortment of local produce—fresh fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and even raw honey. Leisurely meander around the area; climb the watchtower and spot the majestic Mount Kinabalu off in the distance or head towards the platform at the edge of town which is ideal for photography. Shop for handicraft souvenirs to commemorate your trip and look out for durians, a seasonal fruit that is notoriously known for its smell.
After that, proceed to Kinabalu National Park, an impressive expanse of verdure, showcasing lowland, montane and alpine vegetation on an inimitable scale. Some 1500m above sea level, the park is home to rare butterflies and dense vegetation as well as some of the rarest orchids in the world. Gazetted as Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is where you will be spending the rest of your time at; discovering the vast biodiversity and exploring this important biome. Spend the night at Hill Lodge Cabin or similar resorts at the park, so close to nature that you can almost hear the cries of nocturnal animals.
Day 2 - Kinabalu Park / Kota Kinabalu
The national park—complementing the splendour of Mount Kinabalu—is grounds to intertwined jungle trails that might be puzzling but worry not as there are tour guides to take help you traverse the jungle. Note that guided walks are scheduled and it is ideal for those who dare not explore the awe-inspiring woodland alone. Some of the best trails include the Liwagu Trail (5.5 km), Silau-Silau Trail and Bundu Tuhan View Trail—a great spot for photography for shutterbugs. End the tour with a delectable lunch at a restaurant in Kinabalu Park before heading back to Kota Kinabalu City.