Nature Lodge Kinabatangan

Nature Lodge Kinabatangan has the cheapest tour package to Kinabatangan Floodplain.

One of the top destinations not to be missed by most people visiting Sabah is the Kinabatangan Floodplain. The Kinabatangan River is especially dear to nature lovers, as this region is teaming with wildlife. Guests here spend plenty of time cruising along the Kinabatangan river in search of exotic animals. As many as 20 operators run their resorts, cabins and lodges either at Sukau or Bilit, these are the two villages along the Kinabatangan river. Tour package prices range from RM 500 plus to a thousand plus on a 3 Day and 2 Night package. For the budget travellers where every cent counts, then Nature Lodge Kinabatangan is a godsend. With a tag like Kinabatangan Safari on a shoestring, Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, at Bilit, has one of the lowest prices on offer. Although cheaper in price, it still provides an excellent service as well as comfortable accommodation.

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.

Utan Paradise Jungle Lodge

This is an ideal place to chill and relax, and also a place to rekindle with the wildlife.

Welcome to Utan Paradise Jungle Lodge, a haven of lush green forest and a great place to spot wildlife. Located 68 km from Kota Kinabalu city centre ( about 1hour and 40 minutes drive), the journey to Utan Paradise Jungle Lodge will treat visitors to scenic sights of traditional village houses, green padi fields, and the never ending rolling hills. This journey also passes through the beautiful lagoon at Lok Kawi camp.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

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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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