Mt. Kinabalu Park & Beyond
Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
20Trip End May 17, 2012
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Travelled toward the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu and stopped at Nabalu, a fruit and crafts market on the side of the mountain. Bought some bananas including some red ones! and a couple of polo shirts. Unfortunately the mountain kept its reputuation for shrouding the spirits behind cloud so we only got some glimpses of the steep and rocky faces.
Went into the Mt Kinabalu Park World Heritage site and walked about looking at orchids of all shapes, colours and sizes with knowledgeable commentary from Adrian. This had us at an elevation of 1500 metres so happily leaving the high temperatures and humidity behind.
On the way to our overnight accommodation we visited the Kundasang War Memorial Park which was established to remember the 2400 or so POWs from Aus, NZ and UK who were marched 265 km from Sandakan to Ranau while having been starved and beaten
Travelled on to view an example of the world's largest flower called a Rafflesia. This thing takes about 12 months to grow and only last for a few days once it blooms fully so we were lucky to see 2 of these. They are on private land but overseen/managed by a Central body called Sabah Parks who coordinate the tourist aspects. The few landholders who nature has chosen as hosts for these flowers must consider themselves mighty lucky as they generate a steady income with visitors handing over AUD10 each to see them.
Staying in a tiny little lodge on the Sabah Tea Plantation with hopefully good morning views of the mountain.