It’s our fourth and last day at the nature city. It was a really sunny day and we were planning to visit one of Sabah’s wildlife parks. We decided to visit the nearest Lok kawi wildlife park which is located at the old Penampang-Papar road, about 15km from South of Kota Kinabalu center. We were both a bit excited to visit the zoo since we never had the chance to go see elephants on our bangkok trip.
Before we went down to the zoo, we planned to roam around the city and look for food to be brought and ways on how to get to the place. We did check several travel agencies and tour packages going to the park but it was quite expensive. I suggest that you instead take the same route we took so that you can save a lot of ca$h. Normally for tour packages, it would cost about RM120 per person. By going our way we only spent around RM110 for 2 persons but this would include EVERYTHING (food, entrance fees, transportation).
To go to Lok kawi centre, you have to ride a MINI BUS or BAS MINI as what locals call it on the KK City bus terminal. Fare would cost around RM3 per person. I am a kind of person who is easily anxious about anything. Since I just read instructions on google or any other information and easily forget it (lol), good thing I have a girlfriend who takes charge of these things. I advise you to not get confused with what Mini bus to ride since there are a lot of it that passes lok kawi drop off point. Good thing there was this local lady who speaks very well in english and I was able to ask several questions. Local are really friendly and they won’t mind getting asked for directions.
After a quick 10 minute drive from KK city to the lok kawi drop off point, there wasn’t much any buses going inside the park area. We instead, took a private taxi to drive us to and from the park. A quick chit chat lead me to know that the driver was full blooded Filipino but spent all his life in the area. Usually, taxi drivers would usually ask for RM20 per trip but you can haggle the price and set an agreed time to meet when your ready to go back to the Bus drop off point.
It took us about 10 minutes to get to the wildlife park. The place was really clean, well kept and of course the animals are really well taken cared of. I asked the personnel if how they keep their animals healthy and happy, they guaranteed us that animals are indeed fed properly and taken care off that would suit the animals environment. There are a lot of things to do here at the park, you can also go to their botanical garden which is located at the tip of the land area. Here’s a couple of photos that I wanted to share about the animals in the area..
There were tons of cool animals to be seen in the park, we even got to touch a few (thou not allowed). Walking uphill and downhill made us hungry so we took our lunch inside the park’s dinning areas.
After our lunch, we walked several areas to see animals again and we accidentaly went inside the HUGE AVIARY (think JURASSIC PARKish :)) which is closed at that time. It gave us the creeps since the birds are flying freely inside. We were the only person in the area since noreen really wanted to see the birds. When we got inside the Aviary, the birds were really GIGANTIC (it seems they are huge enough to eat humans lol) that we were nervous to proceed to the exit area.
It was 3pm that we decided to go home since it was the agreed time for our pick up. The place is worth remembering and it would be great to visit this place with your families. By visiting the place sometime, you can also take part in preserving indigenous animals found in Malaysia and also help sustain the park.
Here’s a few snapshots of the area your going to familiarize to get to KK bus terminal and also random snaps when we got back to the centre.