Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve
Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve
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lunarJade
Ipoh, Malaysia725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Rafflesia Information Centre in Tambunan is open daily to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm. We visited during a cloudy afternoon and was the last group that particular day.

You first need to register, fill up some forms (registration form for your group, liability disclaimer forms and such) and make the necessary payments. The entrance fee for a Malaysian adult is RM5 (non-Malaysian adult RM15) and for a child RM3 (non-Malaysian child RM7). Guide fee is RM50 for a group up to 5 pax. (non-Malaysian RM100).

We got into a 4x4 and the guide assigned to us drove us to the start of the trail, where we did a short hike of about 20 minutes to reach the Rafflesia in bloom. Started on paved cement path and eventually veered off into actual forest trails. We were lucky and got to see two Rafflesia blooms (both were about 40 cm in diameter), one of which was only on its second day since blooming. Very, very beautiful! We were also shown the Rafflesia in various other stages of its lifecycle - new buds forming, larger buds that looked like cabbage that would open up/bloom in another 1-3 months' time, 'blackish' blooms that had expired and were rotting away, some unlucky buds and blooms partially eaten by squirrels. Only one species of Rafflesia could be found in Tambunan - the Rafflesia pricei.

The trails, including the cemented path with moss growing on some parts, can be slippery. Two of our friends had falls, but thankfully no serious injuries. Hence, it is important to dress appropriately for a forest hike on trails and wear covered, non-slip shoes. We did not encounter leeches that afternoon, but they are known to be around especially after a rain shower. Not many mosquitoes so that's a good thing.

Would recommend this experience to see one of Malaysia's iconic wonders!!
Written 1 September 2023
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davidhughtaylor
Melbourne, Australia603 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Is a couple of hours drive from KK on the windy Crocker Range road. If driving across island (and back again) to/from Sandakan you can pass this way one of your legs? Check the facebook page to see if a plant has started flowering (lasts about 4-6 days) otherwise not worth visiting. If one is flowering then pay the cheaper Park entrance fee PLUS the more expensive RM100 fee for a guide to take you to the flower. they life history and size is pretty amazing!
Written 18 July 2023
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trientalis
United States1,830 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
The staff here is absolutely amazing! I contacted them by Whatsapp and they updated me daily on flowering and other details. I couldn't believe the kindness and attention to detail their staff showed in helping us plan our trip. Thank you!
Written 26 December 2022
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Hilary F
Uckfield, UK74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Be warned - wear leech socks for this walk in the forest. It was our first day in Sabah and we had no idea that we were going to be taken for a walk through the forest therefore we were not wearing boots and leech socks and the guides said nothing. The result was a leech attack.
All that aside we had great views of two Rafflesia pricei flowers and lots of buds plus some old flowers. The guides were knowledgeable and helpful - apart from the leech socks!!
Written 8 November 2022
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Great experience. We saw the life cycle of the Rafflesia - baby buds, 3 day old bloom, 5 day old bloom, 6 day old bloom, and a dead one! We were there on a muddy and slippery day. Rented boots from the centre for RM4. Guide was RM50. The tour was RM5 per pax. The climb into the forest was a steep but short one. Worth the trip if you can see several Rafflesia. This species is called Rafflesia Pricei. No smell!!!
Written 27 September 2022
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sam
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This rafflesia center is a good place to stop when you explore the outskirt of Kota Kinabalu. The rafflesia species here is beautiful.
Written 10 November 2019
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Sue
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Although they look like clay and don’t have much of a scent they are very lovely to see and we were lucky to see both male and female versions
Written 3 September 2019
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juliebarrett1964
London, UK397 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Local people own this land and the plant takes a long time to flower and quickly dies. It isn't for everyone but to see a 50cm plant in bloom for about £5, is worth it in my view. The adorable 12 year old guide, spoke excellent English, wants to be a botanist and we saw three different size plants. Chance to view other trees and plants if not on a tightly run trip, we were happy to stop and view this.
Written 28 March 2019
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C L
Manila, Philippines256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I was expecting to enter a big, highly commercialized flower farm; but to surprise, my driver stopped at a hut along the Main road. There were about three other vehicles, all with Japanese tourists. Paid MYR10 , signed a logbook and walked through what looked like a trail going to someone's backyard farm. It was a nice walk, and along the way, you get to see trees with white paste dripping to small containers at the base of the tree. Rubber tree, I suppose? And then there it was!!! Sheltered by tall trees, and still protected by a small wooden fence, the Rafflesia!!!
Written 1 September 2018
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aysmak
Hong Kong, China63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
It is not always there so you need a guide. When it has flower you will see a banner posted. Quite interesting but you have to endure the trip. Quite far.
Written 20 August 2018
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