Malaysia is a country known for having a huge range of natural flora and fauna within itself. It is a home to many rare and special species of plant and animals which can be found in the various mountain ranges spread across the nation. One such very biodiverse mountain range in Sabah, Malaysia is the Crocker Range.
Named after William Maunder Crocker, a famous administrator in Burneo, the Crocker mountain range is also known for separating the east coast of Sabah to the west coast. Settled at an elevation of 5,900 ft, the Crocker mountain is considered to be the highest mountain range in Sabah and the very famous Mount Kinabalu is also the part of this range.
Things to do in the Crocker Range National Park
Spread across a total area of 1399 sq. kilometers, the Crocker Range National Park is considered the largest national park in Sabah.The National Park was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2014 which made it the second Malaysian site after the Chini Lake in Pahang.
1. Trekking And Camping
This National Park provides an ideal place for trekking and camping. The Gunung Alba Hike, Trusmadi expedition and a full day trip through the Crocker range jungle are the popular trails in this park.
2. Explore Wildlife
The Crocker range has a lot of rare plants and trees species which attract many naturalists from all the corners of the world. Apart from that there is a Fernarium, Insectarium site which is important among the researchers. The Crocker Range National Park is also famous as a huge variety of butterflies can be easily spotted here.
3. Visit Crocker Natural Centre
In February 2004, the Crocker Range National Park opened the Crocker Natural Centre that has a lecture room and display gallery providing information regarding the National Park and its range of flora and fauna.
4. White Water Rafting
For the adventurous souls, there is a proper facility for white water rafting close to to the national park. The Padas river is the best white water rafting spot settled on the Island of Borneo and flows through the park.
Best Season To Visit
From October end till January or even till February, this entire region experience heavy rainfall washing away the route inside the National Park. Hence, it is advisable to avoid your visit during the monsoon season. While the best season to make most out of your trip is between May- September End or till early October.
How To Reach
The easiest way to reach Crocker Range is from Kota Kinabalu which is approximately 96 kilometers away.
1. By Cab/ Taxi
One can hire a cab which takes about 2 hours from Kota Kinabalu via the Kimanis-Keningau road (passing by Papar). From Kota Kinabalu to Keningau, the taxi would charge you about RM120 per taxi. From Keningau to Crocker Range the taxi would charge you somewhere near RM40 per taxi.
2. By Bus
Also, the Public transportation can be taken at the Padang Merdeka long-distance bus station. These bus facilities are available at a regular interval of time and are much cheaper than hiring a cab.
Another alternative route is the Kota Kinabalu-Penampang-Tambunan-Keningau road to the Crocker Range National Park and the journey would take about 3.5 hours.
- Adult: RM 20
- Disabled: RM 10
- Children above 6 years: RM 7
- Adult: RM 10
- Disabled: RM 5
- Children above 6 years: RM 3
Where To Stay
Similar to most of the National Parks in Malaysia, the Crocker Range National Park also provides accommodation facilities to its visitors.The rooms can be booked through the National Parks Booking Office or through the online portal of Crocker Range National Park.
One can also find good hotels/resorts/ lodges/ restroom near to the National Park. Few of the popular hotels located near the park are:
- Manis Manis Rooftop of Borneo Resort, Keningau ( 17 kilometers away)
- Summer Bay Beach Resort Apartment, Jalan Papar Baru ( 27 kilometers away)
- Langkah Syabas Beach Resort, Jalan Papar Baru ( 31 kilometers away)
If you are planning to spend some time away from the chaos amidst the nature, then Crocker Range National Park is the one of the incredible places to visit. Book your customized Malaysia holiday package with TravelTriangleand experience an incredible vacation amidst the wildlife.