Visit the best highlights of this region as you traverse from Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan, located approximately 18 kilometers from the city crossing the famous Crocker Range. Highlights include a visit to the Butterfly Farm, Orchid Nursery, Rafflesia Conservation Centre, Mahua Waterfall and Lunch with a view at Gunung Alab!
The journey to the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan, takes you to various regional hot-spots as you drive through the idyllic countryside, small villages and up the mountainous Crocker Range. First stop at the Butterfly Farm, home to hundreds of species of butterflies and an Insect Museum with 500 butterflies and 3000 beetles as their exhibit, their Orchid Orchard and Nursery grows over 500 species of native Orchids which grow well in the national park.
Stopping over at Gunung Alab for a sumptuous Local Lunch as you take in the view of the breathtaking valleys below.
You will also visit the Tambunan Rafflesia Conservation Centre, with enough plots and documented flower buds to increase your chances of viewing the Rafflesia (largest flower in the world!) in bloom. Get an educational experience of this rare and strange flower as well at their exhibition centre.
End your visit at one of the most accessible falls in Sabah called Mahua Waterfall (approx. 17 metres tall) nestled deep in the tropical forest of the Crocker Range. From the Mahua Park’s entrance, take an easy 15 minutes walk along the river to reach the falls which is a highlight in itself as it will delight any nature enthusiast with the sight of endless towering Seraya trees with huge trunks, giant bamboo trees and bird-nest ferns. Once at the falls, take a dip in it’s 1.3 metres deep natural pool.
Throughout the day you will be guided by our experienced and licensed English Speaking Travel Guide, who will be more than happy to share his / her knowledge of each destination – making this a trip to remember!
- Butterfly Farm & Orchid Nursery
- Rafflesia Conservation Centre
- Mahua Waterfall
- Lunch with a view at Gunung Alab
0830hrs: Depart Kota Kinabalu City via Downbelow Mini-Van.
0930hrs: Arrive at Butterfly Farm and Orchid Orchard for a visit.
1045hrs: Depart to Gunung Alab.
1130hrs: Arrive at Gunung Alab and enjoy an early Lunch at a local restaurant and the scenery of the Crocker Range.
1230hrs: Continue Journey to Tambunan Rafflesia Conservation Centre.
1245hrs: Arrive at Centre, for an educational visit and should you be lucky find a Rafflesia in bloom.
1330hrs: Depart to Mahua Waterfall.
1415hrs: Arrive at Mahua for a short dip and photo opportunities.
1515hrs: Depart back to Kota Kinabalu.
1715hrs: Expected time to arrive back to Kota Kinabalu City.
Meals : Lunch at Gunung Alab.
- Return Land Transfers via Downbelow Mini-Van as described in itinerary, Entrance Fees for visits to Butterfly Farm, Orchid Nursery, Rafflesia Conservation Centre and Mahua Waterfall, Local Lunch at Gunung Alab, Licensed English Speaking Travel Guide.
- Meals and Items not stated in the itinerary, Alcohol and Carbonated Drinks, Personal Expenses, Video or Camera Fees.
- Good Walking/Trekking Shoes, Extra Change of Clothes, Towels, Insect Repellent, Hat, Suncream, Camera, Comfortable clothes, Raincoat or poncho, Sunglasses, Drinking Water, Leech Socks (available for purchase with us at RM31.80 per pair).
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.
Wildlife cannot be predicted nor guaranteed because it is a spontaneous chance to spot any in their natural habitat.
Butterfly Farm & Orchid Nursery is closed every Monday and Tuesday.
Bloom of Rafflesia can never be guaranteed nor predicted – However, our Travel Guide and Park Ranger will do their very best to spot one for you as you trek within the conservation centre.
Trip timings will differ from the published itinerary (Depart Kota Kinabalu City at 0800hrs) for Sundays only.