When you are in Kinabalu Park, be sure to make your way to the Botanical Garden where you can enjoy a refreshing short hike while feasting your eyes on the beautiful things of nature.
Nestled somewhere in between Liwagu Restaurant and Kinabalu Hall, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden, which is also known as the Mountain Garden is one of Kinabalu Park’s best kept secrets. Many people are not aware of the existence of the Botanical Garden due to its secluded location, however, it has been around since 1981 and is the biggest botanical gardens in Sabah after the Tenom Agriculture Park.
Kinabalu Park has one of the richest assemblage of flora in the world, with an estimate of 5,000 to 6,000 vascular plant species that cover the habitat from warm lowland forest up to cold alpine mountain zone inside a park area of 754 square kilometers. A short visit to its Botanical Garden will not only be a good relaxing exercise, but will also improve a visitor’s knowledge about the flora and fauna at Kinabalu Park.
The Botanical Garden comprises 16 different trails such as the Silau Silau Trail and Bukit Tupai Trail. Depending on how much time you have on your hands, you can take your time to trek through and explore all the trails in the garden.
Along the way, you will encounter many unique species of trees and flowers such as orchids, Medinilla speciosa (Showy Asian Grapes), the Nepenthes rajah (pitcher plant) and so on. There will also be helpful signs and tags to help you find your way and identify the plants species that you encounter.
The Kinabalu Park Botanical Garden is open daily from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. (Last entry: 3:40pm, gate closes at 4pm sharp). Entrance fee is RM5 for non-Malaysians and RM4 for Malaysians; (there is a 50% discount for visitors below 18 years old). Guided tours are also available at 9am, 12pm and 3pm daily.