|Pert of the trail walk in the Mountain garden.|
The Kinabalu Park is always a favorite destination with both local and foreign visitors alike. It is one of the “must see” destinations for many tourists, while for the locals it is a much-anticipated break from the hot and humid lowlands. Located at the Park Headquarters, is the Mountain Garden with its collection of plants from around the mountain. Daily guided walks with a park naturalist are conducted and joining one of these walks will introduce you to the wonders of the cool mountain forest and how to spot the treasures of the forest which are often very tiny, camouflaged for safety or just invisible to
To truly enjoy the forest at this high altitude I would suggest that you plan to spend a minimum of 3 hours on the trails or more. The garden has properly laid out trails with handrails and bridges across streams that make it easy for walking. Should you be more adventurous there is a network of trails that will take you along bubbling brooks and up hills to viewpoints. As it is rather chilly here and rains quite often, it’s advisable to bring along a raincoat or at least a sweater and an umbrella. You will also need decent walking shoes and be prepared for them to get wet and muddy if you do venture on the trails outside the Mountain Garden. Binoculars are great, as Kinabalu is home to many birds and they also come in handy as a magnifying glass, (Just turn them upside down and look through the large lenses at the object). If you’re into photography, make sure to bring a close up lens and possibly even a tripod due to the low levels of light in the forest.
To see the most on your walk, take your time and relish the opportunity to commune with nature.
Text and photos by David de la Harpe