Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden

Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden

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  • Dimple958
    New York City, New York60 contributions
    Main attraction of Kota Kinabalu
    Although we went during the rainy season was still worth seeing. The drive is a bit far, but once you get to Mount Kinabalu its beautiful. The garden has many varieties of fauna and flowers, some spices as well. It's a wonderful natural park with a lot to see and can hike as well if you have plenty of time. Pretty much the main attraction of Kota Kinabalu.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 17 January 2023
  • avril w
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom128 contributions
    Beautiful and cool
    We visited the botanical gardens in the Mount Kinabalu National Park. There was a small additional charge for this on top of the 50 ringgit park entrance/conservation fee. It was worth the extra as the gardens were a lovely cool oasis. You can expect to spend between 15 minutes and an hour here, depending on how interested you are in plants.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
    Disappointing
    We visited here on a day trip from a cruise docked in Kota Kinabalu. You have to enter the National Park to get to the Botanical Gardens. We were disappointed. But it maybe did not come up to expectations because we were part of a busload of people, some of whom walked incredibly slowly. There were a few interesting plants, but not really that much to see. Not worth the couple of hour drive up here.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Wildcat7400
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,103 contributions
    A Treasure Trove Of Plants, Trees & Orchids
    We arrived quite early. Feeling hungry as we had skipped breakfast, we sat down at a small café & ordered some food. While my half-boiled eggs weren’t up to my expectations, the hot cup of Horlicks did wonders for my stomach. The fried mee mamak & mee hoon soup that my 2 friends had ordered were absolutely delicious. I wished I had ordered either one instead. While we were busy eating, all of a sudden, it started to rain which prompted my partner to purchase ponchos for everyone at RM6.00 each. Ten minutes to noon, we put them on & started walking to the Botanical Garden Ticket booth. Tickets were priced at RM4.00 each. There were 2 other time slots, if you want to participate in a guided tour at 9:00 am & 3:00 pm if you can’t make it to the 12:00 pm one. However, if you decide to roam on your own, the botanical garden is open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Our guide was a local named Nora. She was close to retiring. Nora was knowledgeable & was very patient with us throughout the 1-hour guided tour. The garden is 1.4 hectares in size & has a combination of concrete & boardwalk trail for visitors. I remember seeing a stream that cuts across the botanical garden too. There were many wild & ornamental plants, trees, local herbs, fruits & flowers within the vicinity. Nora explained that the different coloured tags pinned to the plant or tree highlighted its status. They could be an endangered species, endemic or found in abundance in the locality. We saw the carnivorous pitcher plant & the most prominent plant in Kinabalu which is the bright pink Medinilla. It fruits all year round making it a focal source of food for birds & squirrels. Apparently, there are 17 Medinilla species in Kinabalu. Nora told us that there were many species of wild orchids & some only grew in the area which led to the building of an Orchid Research Centre. In addition, we saw loads of ferns, palm trees, wild ginger & banana species. Her keen eye made it possible for us to see a stick insect. This garden tour could be boring for some as there’s a lot of information to take in. However, at least you get a hands-on education on Kinabalu’s plants & trees.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 20 July 2023
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,103 contributions
Nov 2022
We arrived quite early. Feeling hungry as we had skipped breakfast, we sat down at a small café & ordered some food. While my half-boiled eggs weren’t up to my expectations, the hot cup of Horlicks did wonders for my stomach. The fried mee mamak & mee hoon soup that my 2 friends had ordered were absolutely delicious. I wished I had ordered either one instead.

While we were busy eating, all of a sudden, it started to rain which prompted my partner to purchase ponchos for everyone at RM6.00 each. Ten minutes to noon, we put them on & started walking to the Botanical Garden Ticket booth. Tickets were priced at RM4.00 each. There were 2 other time slots, if you want to participate in a guided tour at 9:00 am & 3:00 pm if you can’t make it to the 12:00 pm one. However, if you decide to roam on your own, the botanical garden is open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Our guide was a local named Nora. She was close to retiring. Nora was knowledgeable & was very patient with us throughout the 1-hour guided tour. The garden is 1.4 hectares in size & has a combination of concrete & boardwalk trail for visitors. I remember seeing a stream that cuts across the botanical garden too.

There were many wild & ornamental plants, trees, local herbs, fruits & flowers within the vicinity. Nora explained that the different coloured tags pinned to the plant or tree highlighted its status. They could be an endangered species, endemic or found in abundance in the locality.

We saw the carnivorous pitcher plant & the most prominent plant in Kinabalu which is the bright pink Medinilla. It fruits all year round making it a focal source of food for birds & squirrels. Apparently, there are 17 Medinilla species in Kinabalu.

Nora told us that there were many species of wild orchids & some only grew in the area which led to the building of an Orchid Research Centre. In addition, we saw loads of ferns, palm trees, wild ginger & banana species. Her keen eye made it possible for us to see a stick insect.

This garden tour could be boring for some as there’s a lot of information to take in. However, at least you get a hands-on education on Kinabalu’s plants & trees.
Written 20 July 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We visited here on a day trip from a cruise docked in Kota Kinabalu. You have to enter the National Park to get to the Botanical Gardens. We were disappointed. But it maybe did not come up to expectations because we were part of a busload of people, some of whom walked incredibly slowly. There were a few interesting plants, but not really that much to see. Not worth the couple of hour drive up here.
Written 1 July 2023
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avril w
Northamptonshire, UK128 contributions
Jun 2023
We visited the botanical gardens in the Mount Kinabalu National Park. There was a small additional charge for this on top of the 50 ringgit park entrance/conservation fee. It was worth the extra as the gardens were a lovely cool oasis. You can expect to spend between 15 minutes and an hour here, depending on how interested you are in plants.
Written 25 June 2023
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Helen T
148 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
It was a wonderful experience to see these gardens so organised. Well looked after. Maintenance and up keep would be hard to catch up. It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air and exercise whilst you look at the marvellous plants.
Written 2 June 2023
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,035 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
Located inside Kinabalu Park and only accessible after entering the park premises. You pay RM5 in addition to the park admission but will be disappointed to see nothing much.
Written 23 February 2023
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Dimple958
New York City, NY60 contributions
Dec 2022
Although we went during the rainy season was still worth seeing. The drive is a bit far, but once you get to Mount Kinabalu its beautiful. The garden has many varieties of fauna and flowers, some spices as well. It's a wonderful natural park with a lot to see and can hike as well if you have plenty of time. Pretty much the main attraction of Kota Kinabalu.
Written 17 January 2023
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HW08
Port Macquarie, Australia375 contributions
Dec 2022
Because of rain , we only had a short visit to the Botanical Garden but it was still interesting. Finding so many species in the one place makes it so much easier to experience the local flora. The huge pitcher plants were the standout for us.
Written 17 January 2023
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Hilary F
Uckfield, UK73 contributions
Oct 2022
After a long hike around the Kiau View Trail we visited the botanical garden and it was well worth the effort. There were a wide variety of birds to be seen as well as the plants.
Written 8 November 2022
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username1199
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia12 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Its a must-go-place when you visit Kinabalu Park. However, I wish the park could introduce more plants. I read somewhere there is a guided tour at 9am but i missed it. Overall, its better to go there with a guide so that you can get to know more plants or else you will be dissapointed!
Written 7 October 2022
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kengsoon
penang208 contributions
Jul 2022
We are so glad that we did not miss this place. It host beautiful orchids indigenous to this place. There was even one which was supposed to be the second smallest orchid species in the world. It would be nice to have a tour guide for the short trip into the garden in order to discover the variety of interesting & unique plants, unless one is very familiar with the botanic species. Give yourself at least about 1 to 2 hours for the entire place.
Written 11 August 2022
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