Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Kota Kinabalu
It was my first time visiting a zoo in Malaysia. It was a family trip with my siblings and their kids. It really surprises me with the complete zoo facility including local and some international inhabitants like Borneo Pygmy elephants, Proboscis monkeys, Malaya Tigers, some species of deer, a giant aviary, animal shows, and etc. It has 280 acres of land and it is the largest Wildlife Park in Malaysia.
It is worth your time visiting the park especially if you are travelling with kids.
Admission: RM 20 /Adult and RM 10/Child (Non-Malaysian)
RM 10/Adult and RM 5/Child (Malaysian)
Operating Hours: 9:30 - 17:30 Daily
Lok Kawi is a very small town , more like a village , near Kota Kinabalu. You should get a cottage at a resort before going there otherwise good luck finding a place to stay!!! The distance from one resort to another can be up to 2 Kilo meters so make sure that you know where you are going and go with a cab from KK to Lok Kawi. It costs something between 25 to 30 USD dollars with a cab from Kota Kinabalu to Lok Kawi which is a 30 minutes ride.
Beaches of Lok Kawi are just fine but not as beautiful as the beaches of the islands near Kota Kinabalu. Lok Kawi is not white sand and the sea water disappears in the afternoon and you can literally walk to the islands at the opposite side of the beach!
It is not really a place for swimming , scuba diving or snorkeling but rather just a relaxing day or two from all the stress of modern life. I personally could not wait to civilization after the second night of my stay at Lok Kawi but maybe that`s just me. But let me tell you that you will not have night life so if you are a party boy or gal then forget Lok Kawi.
Just 15 minutes drive from the very small town of Lok kawi , Lok Kawi wild life park is one of the most interesting places to visit while in Broneo! This wild life park is a conversation center for the endangered species of Broneo. In this wild life park (which is more like a huge zoo) , you can find different type of species , from rare reptile like gigantic lizards to cute but dangerous Sun bears aka Asian Black bears . Though the collection of the animals in this zoo is big probably the most popular one is Proboscis Monkey ( big nosed monkey). This type of monkey can only be found in Broneo. There are pictures of some of those animals attached to this type.
The wild life park also has a botanical garden with weird tropical trees and flowers.
The entrance as of Aug 2010 was :
5 RM ( Malaysian Ringgit) for Malaysian Children , 10 RM for Malaysian adults
20 RM for Non Malaysian adults , 10 RM for non Malaysian Children and disabled people have free admission .
The park is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 PM and the last entry allowed is by 4:30 PM.
Things you must take with yourself : hat or cap , sunglasses , lots of water , sun block cream , fan and a small towel to dry your sweat cause you will be sweating ! The humidity is high.
Wear very comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot if you`d like to see this interesting park.
DO NOT forget you camera!
The park is situated out of Kota Kinabalu and taxi ride takes about 30 min for 40 MYR as well as you need to pay park entrance fee about 30 MYR p/p.
We were impressed by clean and huge area, various animals, Botanical garden with trees and flowers as well as by parrot speaks in English and some other languages.
To those who likes Orang Utangs I advise to come not in early morning but at about 12 or 1.00 PM due to Orang Utang show starts at 3.30 PM.
Don't miss speaking birds at the beginning.. they will greet you, ask you "How are you?" and say you "Bye-bye"!
We were really impressed!
This facility which is well worth a visit, is situated about 30k outside KK.
It is a 280 acre facility that houses a variety of animals in conditions far better than some I have seen in other SA Asian zoos. The animals all appeared to be well cared for.
The park has been re-opened in 2007 and is still being renovated in some parts. The Orang-o-tang enclosure was one that was being refurbished when I was there (typical of me to be there then)
The stage an animal show in the ampitheatre twice a day