- Experience the extraordinary flora of the Mount Kinabalu rainforest
- Visit Sabah Tea plantations and learn about tea processing
- Round trip from Kota Kinabalu
- Driver and local guide
- Entrance fee and permits
- Any amount of people can join.
This is the ideal tour for those who don’t have many days to spend in Kota Kinabalu or don’t feel taking the 2 days long climb of Mount Kinabalu, but still want to get closer to the mountain and the surrounding tropical scenery of its rainforest. Visiting Mount Kinabalu slopes’ National Park will let you discover the biodiversity of this botanical paradise listed as UNESCO heritage since 2000.
After reaching Poring, a short climb will take you to a canopy walkway, a bridge suspended at the height of 41 meters from the forest’s floor and with a length of 157 metres. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the rainforest and, after a walk in the rainforest, you may take a dip in the peculiar outdoor “Japanese style” hot springs tubs, where natural sulphuric hot water is believed to have medicinal value to your skin. You could be lucky and get to see some flowering Rafflesia specimens at the site nearby Poring hot springs – being an extremely rare flower to catch it during its blossoming period is kind of a gamble.
After a lunch break with local food, the tour continues to the tea plantations – the Sabah Tea Plantation at Kampung Nalapak – about 12 km from Poring. You will see the huge tea plantation with its dramatic view on the mountain and visit the tea factory to discover the way the tea leaves are processed to be ready for the market.
After a tea-break, we will take you back to the Kinabalu Park, where you may choose to visit the Botanic Garden or having a short 45-minutes hike through one of the park’s trails.
Please note that this is a group tour, hence you may be together with other people – although groups have a maximum number of 10 participants so it’s never crowded and it’s a good chance for you to make new friends. For this experience we recommend to have with you suitable shoes and outfit, an insect repellent, a raincoat (a disposable one will do) a hat and sunscreen to protect against the sun, and, if you’re planning to dip in the bathtub, a suitable swim attire.