Botanical Garden (Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, 2009)

The Botanical Garden at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is an excellent place to have picnic, and spend a relaxed afternoon with friends.

Botanical Garden at the far end of the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is an excellent place to have picnic, and spend a relaxed afternoon with friends. A short walk from the entrance of the Botanical Garden, after passing the Ginger garden, and the Nepenthes Garden, visitors will come to a small area that has six nicely built huts. Tall trees of various species, 30 to 50 feet high, surround these huts. These tall trees also help to filter out most of the sunlight, and only friendly light is allowed to come in, making the temperature at this area much to the delight of the park visitors. The sound from a small stream, with clean and clear water, can be heard running through the area which makes this place even more serene and peaceful. At times the scent or aroma of herbs and plants from the therapeutic garden can be smelt too.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

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lok kawi wildlife park entrance

The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park covers about 280 acres of land, and at the moment 60 acres of the land have been utilized for the wildlife park and the botanical garden. The park has more than 100 species of mammals including birds, which are kept in captivity. Animals like the Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, Proboscis Monkey, Borneo’s Rhino and Sun bear, which are native to Sabah, they are the main attraction here. The park is jointly developed and managed by the Sabah Wildlife and the Forestry Department. Located about 25km away from Kota Kinabalu City, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park can be easily accessible by either the old Penampang-Papar road via Donggongon town or the Putatan-Papar road.

Bornean Pygmy Elephant is the world’s smallest elephant. DNA anlaysis showed that Borneo’s elephants were isolated about 300,000 years ago from their cousins on mainland Asia. Since then, the elephants become smaller with relatively large ears, longer tails and straight tusks. Bornean Pygmy Elephants are also known to be rather tame and mild-tempered compared to others Asian elephants.

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borneo pgymy elephants

Rasa Ria Resort


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cafe at rasa ria resort

Sandwich between forested hills and sandy beach, lies this beautiful Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort. This resort is located at the door front of Pantai Dalit Beach, which is some 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City. The top draws here are the 3 kilometres white sandy of Pantai Dalit Beach, and a Par 72, 18-hole Championship golf course.

Upon arrival at Rasa Ria Resort, guests will be greeted with traditional music group, and welcome with gong beating at the lobby.

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traditional music band