Weston Wetland Park

A two hours drive south of Kota Kinabalu, to a historical town called Weston, here one can go on a river cruise to explore the wetland. Proboscis monkey, silver leaf monkey, and crocodile are just some of the wildlife one will see. The fire flies at night is also spectacular site.

Kunang-Kunang Deluxe River Cruise

Kunang-Kunang simply means fireflies in the local language, and a good place to see fireflies in northern Borneo is at the Klias Peninsular. Lies at the heart of the Klias Peninsular is the mocha colour Klias River, which flows south and eventually reaches the sea at a small town, called Menumbok. At the Klias River, the term Kunang-Kunang is also the name of an eighty feet long house boat, which brings guests on a deluxe cruise to discover the beauty and wonders of the Borneo Mangrove Wetland. Kunang-Kunang is one of the largest boats on the Klias river, and it can accommodate up to fifty persons. Types of animals and primates that one will be able to see along the river include the Proboscis Monkey, Silver Leaf Monkey, Long Tailed Macaque, Monitor Lizard and the Borneo Water Buffalo. Birds are also commonly spotted on the trip.

Proboscis Monkey

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Proboscis Monkey is endemic to the Borneo Island and they are not found anywhere else on earth. It is also educational to known that Nasalis Larvatus is the scientific name of the proboscis monkey. Their habitats are mostly swampy mangrove wetland as well as the river floodplain. In Sabah the proboscis monkey is found in quite a few places, which include the Klias Peninsular and Usukan area on the west coast, and in the east coast they are mostly sighted around the Kinabatangan river and the Labuk Bay area.

The Next Generation (Platform A)

The next generation after Allister and Bill from the popular TV programme on Discovery Channel and Planet Animal at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Many of you might have come across the story of Allister & Bill at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary through the popular TV channel Discovery or Animal Planet. This TV programme talked about how Allister and Bill and their harem, a group of thirty, lived their life in the forest, especially about the scarcity of food from the natural forest where they lived, which has been turned into plantations.

Klias Wetland

The Klias Wetland is home to the Proboscis Monkeys which is endemic to Sabah.

A mere two hour drive down south of Kota Kinabalu, will bring one to the Klias Wetland. Located at the south west corner of Sabah, Klias Wetland is surrounded by mangrove forests and is home to a variety of wildlife that thrives in their natural habitat. A one and a half hour cruise along the Klias River will give visitors a chance to encounter with monitor lizards, macaques, otters, crocodiles, water buffulos, and birds. And not forgetting the highlight of the visit, the proboscis monkey. The best time to watch them is in the late afternoon.

Kinabatangan Safari

WWF reckons that Kinabatangan floodplain is one of the only two places on earth where one can watch 10 primate species at a single place.

Kinabatangan river, with a length of 560km, is the longest river in Sabah. It stretches, from the interior of Sabah all the way to its river mouth which opens out to the Celebes sea. The river runs eastward most of the time. The floodplain of Kinabatagan, the largest in Malaysia, is a refuge to the many wildlife in Sabah, as most parts of Kinabatangan forests have been converted to palm oil plantations. These small corridor of riverine forests are all but the only place left for the wildlife to move around. WWF, a conservation organisation, reckons this is one of the two places on earth where one can watch 10 primate species at a single place, some of these animals like Proboscis monkey and the Borneo Pygmy Elephants are endemic to the Borneo Island. Lonely planet guide book even mentions that Kinabatangan area is Malaysia’s gift to the world for its wildlife and nature. This is of no surprise that in 1920 the Johnson family from Kansas, USA came to Kinabatangan, North Borneo (now Sabah), to document and film the wildlife and native people.

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.