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Kinabalu National Park, Borneo

Rearing up over 4,000 meters, the jagged granite peaks of Mount Kinabalu slice into the skies above Sabah.

Just two hours drive through from Kota Kinabalu, this immense national park is home to diverse flora and fauna as the tropical lowlands gradually shift into alpine meadows.

Famous as the location of Southeast Asia’s highest peak, there are also many lowland trails through the rainforest, an area boasting more than 1,000 species of orchids, carnivorous pitcher plants and rare rafflesia - the largest flowering plant in the world.

We recommend that your bring comfortable walking shoes, sun block, raincoat or umbrella, insect repellent, a light jacket or cardigan.

The park trails begin around 1,500 meters and as such the area is cooler than Mount Kinabalu. Saying this, the rainforest does keep humidity levels high so take plenty of water and appropriate clothing for any treks you do.

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Suggested Kinabalu National Park itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Kinabalu National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around Kinabalu National Park

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    Accommodation choices for Kinabalu National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kinabalu National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Laban Rata, Kinabalu National Park

      Laban Rata

      Basic

      Perched in a wonderful location at 3,200m up the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Laban Rata is a simple overnight stop.

    • Hill Lodges, Kinabalu National Park

      Hill Lodges

      Simple

      The hill lodges are simple semi-detached cabins and comfortable enough for a short stay with bedroom/living room with cable television and parquet flooring and a bathroom with shower only.

    Ideas for experiencing Kinabalu National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kinabalu National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Whitewater rafting, Sabah

      Rafting on the Kiulu River

      Kinabalu National Park

      The rafting will take approximately two hours and you will then have lunch before returning to Kota Kinabalu. The rafting here is grade 1-2.