National Park Vacation: Introducing Mesilau Nature Park, an alternative to Kinabalu National Park

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Introducing Mesilau Nature Park,

an alternative to Kinabalu National Park




If you are intrigue by a unique national park vacation in Borneo, then you must not miss out on a chance of a lifetime to catch a closer glimpse of the mystical Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in South East Asia. One perfect location where you can do this is at the more popular Kinabalu National Park. But the other equally excellent location is at the less known Mesilau Nature Park.

Mesilau Nature Park is located within the Kinabalu National Park area on the Pinosok Plateau near Kundasang town, about 67 miles or roughly 2.5-hours drive from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. It is only about 30 minutes by road away from Kinabalu National Park.

The stretch of the road from Kundasang to Mesilau Nature Park, which is approximately 6,560 feet above sea level, is extremely steep and winding but the road condition has improved immensely in recent times that the ride will be a breeze.

On the way, you will surely be captivated by the spectacular views of the Kundasang valley with terraced hill slopes planted with highlands vegetables, and parts of the scenic beauty of the Kundasang Mount Kinabalu Golf Course, a challenging 18-hole golf course for avid golfers and undeniably, the highest golf course in South East Asia.

But once you get to Mesilau Nature Park, you will notice that the place is more natural and "virgin" than the now "commercialized" Kinabalu National Park. As the Park lies at the base of Mount Kinabalu, the mountain will look even more spectacular with a sheer wall of granite towering a few thousand meters from the virgin forest floor and ending in jagged peaks. This is the so-called breathtaking Mesilau Pinnacles.

Mesilau Nature Park is the starting point for the alternative and more challenging route up Mount Kinabalu. Trek the route up to the first shelter or two even if you are not planning to climb Mount Kinabalu. Since the Mesilau Summit Trail is relatively newer and less crowded than the old summit trail, your chance of encountering (tamed) wildlife is also brighter. One prominent feature of the route is the seemingly abundance of orchids such as the Rhododendrons and pitcher plants.

But to experience the best of what Mesilau has to offer, you will need to spend a night or two at the eco-friendly Mesilau Nature Resort, which is nestled amongst the trees at the foot of the mountain within the Park. The Resort itself is amazing since it was carefully planned and built to blend into its natural surrounding. The chalets are on slopes surrounded by trees with the full view of the Mesilau River flowing below. And for food, the Kedamaian Restaurant is famous for its piping hot steamboat, and barbecue dinners if you are staying overnight.

Mesilau will enchant you with its cool temperate climate (temperatures vary around 62-70 degree Fahrenheit during the day and 50-59 degree Fahrenheit at night) and serene surroundings as a truly amazing nature’s paradise. The world’s largest pitcher plant, the “Nepenthes Rajah”, is recorded to grow in abundance here. A guided nature walk around the Park is recommended and will leave you with lasting "natural" memories.

Mesilau Nature Park and its Resort is an ideal venue for relaxation or retreat. The bio-diversity of the flora and fauna found here makes Mesilau a haven for naturalists. It is one of the best locations for a memorable national park vacation in addition to the more well known Kinabalu National Park.

Given the many nature treks and trails in this nature paradise, Mesilau Nature Park is also a wonderful location for an unforgettable family adventure vacation or nature tour.


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