Tambunan Rafflesia Conservation Area by Herman (October 2008)

Short: The The Tambunan Rafflesia Conservation area is some 60 km / 1 hour from Kota Kinabalu and was established in 1984. The conservation area covers about 356 ha, adjacent to the Crocker Range National Park.


The World's Larges Flower

The The Tambunan Rafflesia Conservation Area, about an hourís drive from KK on the Donggongon-Tambuan Road just after the Alab Pass is one of the popular viewing spots of the Rafflesia flower here, as it grows abundantly in this particular region.

Sometimes Rafflesias flower right next to the road, but more often at 1-2 hours trekking away, deep within the reserve. Those wishing to go there should be prepared for jungle trekking, and maybe a moderate level of fitness is needed. Especially during the rainier seasons the path, steep and over unaccustomed territory can be very slippery.

The Centre is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. The entrance fee is RM20 (for single person or per group, maximum 6 people), inclusive of a guide.

To obtain further details on the whether there are any Rafflesia in bloom at the Tambunan Rafflesia Centre, call Tambunan Forestry Department at +6013-8812023, Sabah Tourism Board at +6088-212121 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at +6088-232121.

How to Get to the Rafflesia Conservation Area & Accommodation

Bus, van, taxi, tour operator, ca 1 hour by road (60 km); there is no accommodation but for those who wish to stay at the Gunung Alab Pass there are some hotels that provide very basic rooms (maybe bring your own bed-sheets...).


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