Mesilau is a small village situated on a ridge on the slopes of Mountain Kinabalu and is about 100kilometers from Kota Kinabalu . Mesilau, named after the Mesilau River, is an area situated at approximately 2000 m above sea level on the East Ridge of Mount Kinabalu in the Kinabalu National Park. To get to it , one first goes to the farming town of Kundasang between Kinabalu park and the town of Ranau.Drive straight through the town of Kundasang and head for the mountain . Places of interest here are the Desa Diary farm, an 18 hole golf course (which is the highest golf course in Sabah ) the Mesilau Nature resort which is sadly now closed due to logistical issues after the last Earth quake and various home stays and small resorts. It has a delightful climate which is cool and windy being at such a high elevation and next to Mount Kinabalu .
The farm has undergone tremendous renovations since its inception for the betterment of the cows and visitors . There is a glassed viewing gallery for visitors to observe the daily milking of the cows. A couple of pens to which visitors are allowed to get up close to some calf and goats . You may also feed them with grass or milk for a small fee . It is a great bonding opportunity for families with young children. The farm also produces its own Gelato which is delicious and creamy , fresh flavored milk together with about 4 varieties of cheese. All these items, together with a gift shop selling memorabilia of the Cows are available for visitors to purchase .
Definitely an interesting option to do on a day out of the city.
Text and photos by David de la Harpe