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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  KENINGAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocker Range National Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Agriculture Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
KENINGAU : Crocker Range National Park
 
 

CROCKER RANGE

NATIONAL PARK

 

KENINGAU DISTRICT

 

The Crocker Range divides the Western Coastal plains from the rest of Sabah and is located just to the south of Mount Kinabalu. This long range of hills, to the east and south of Kota Kinabalu, is a giant backbone of green clad ridges that stretches down the west coast from Mount Kinabalu through the Padas Gorge to the swamp forests along the Sarawak border.

 

Designated as a forest reserve in 1968, it was gazetted as the Crocker Range Park in 1984. Covering an area of 1,391.19km2, the park is an important water catchments area, receiving 3,000mm to 4,000mm of rainfall a year. Running almost parallel to the coastline in a northeast - southwest direction, the park stretches from just south of Kundasang in the north to Tenom in the south.

 

The Padas River, one of the many emanating from the park, bisects the range between Beaufort and Tenom through the swift flowing, boulder strewn, Padas Gorge. Although not navigable by boat, this area offers the best whitewater rafting in Borneo. A railway line skirts the river through the gorge on its journey from Kota Kinabalu through Beaufort to Tenom. The park is also bisected by roads in both north-south and east-west directions.

 

The Crocker Range was formed several million years ago when movements beneath the earth lifted and folded the sedimentary rocks into valleys and ridges. The ravages of weather have reduced the height of these sandstones and shale ridges with the highest point now being Gunung Alab (1,964m), which is just outside the actual park boundary, above the Sinsuran Pass. Virtually all of the park stands at a minimum 300m above sea level.

 
 
FLORA & FAUNA
 

 

The dipterocarp forest of the lower elevations is still primarily untouched. At higher elevations, the forest is rich in oaks, chestnuts and conifers such as Agathis spp, while drifting mists on the highest ridges provide ideal conditions for thick mossy forests with orchids, rhododendrons and pitcher plants. The world?s largest flower, the Rafflesia, is endemic to the region and there are two well known sites in a forest reserve a few minutes walk off the main road from the Rafflesia Information Centre near Sinsuron on the KK-Tambunan road. Rafflesia pricei is perhaps the most common of the parasitic rafflesia species found in Sabah, the others being rafflesia arnoldii, rafflesia keithii and rafflesia tengku-adlinii. Classed as the world?s largest flower, some species can weigh as much as 9kg and be one metre in diameter.

 

Rafflesia is a rootless, leafless and stemless parasite, totally dependent on its host vine, Tetrastigma (related to the grape vine). The only body outside of the flower are strands of fungus-like tissue that grow inside the vine. It first manifests itself as a bud on the vine, swelling to a cabbage like head and then bursts open around midnight on rainy days (many buds rot before they can flower). They only flower for a few days and then begin to rot. At this stage, they start to smell like rotten meat, which attracts the flies it needs for pollination.

 

Currently, five species of primates have so far been recorded in the park. The orangutan does exist in the park but is rarely seen. Long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, gibbons and the furry tarsier, with its huge eyes and frog-like hands and feet, are common. Squirrels, tree shrews and the civet cats are more likely to be seen. Whitehead?s pygmy squirrel and giant red flying squirrels can sometimes be seen at dusk. The clouded leopard, Neofelis nebulosa, is known to inhabit the park while bears and wild pigs roam the forest floors. The bird life is more diverse and easier to see. Hornbills, pheasants and partridges, as well as whitehead?s spider hunter with its long sickle bill, and the golden-naped barbet, whose ?took-took-terook? sound echoes through the forest, are perhaps the most well known. There are hundreds of other species.

 
 
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
  • Tambunan Rafflesia Conservation Centre

  • Various local tamu or open markets

  • Tenom Agricultural Park, Orchid Centre and Botanical Gardens at the southern end of the park close to Tenom

  • Jungle trekking ? long-range treks lasting five days with homestay accommodation

  • White water rafting

  • Bird Spotting

 

Note: Visitors are advised to make arrangements with reputable travel agents for jungle trekking and white water rafting.

 
 

 
 
ADMISSION & FEES

Opening hours:

  • 8.00am - 5.00pm

 

Admission fee:

  • RM3.00 /person & RM5.00 /person for camping

 
 
FACILITIES

The Crocker Range Park Headquarters is approximately 144km from Kota Kinabalu and 13km from Keningau town in the heart of the range. A camping ground and a visitors? centre exist, providing basic facilities. A facility opened in 2004 provides an ideal place for meetings, camping, jungle trekking and outdoor educational activities. It is close to Rafflesia sites and offers trekking courses, camping grounds and tents.

 
 
GETTING THERE

You can travel by road from Kota Kinabalu via Papar or Tambunan as both roads traverse the park. The visitors? centre is only 13km from Keningau town. Buses run regularly to Keningau from the Kota Kinabalu long distance bus station near the Merdeka Field and taxis will take you from Keningau to the Crocker Range Station. You can also opt for a long distance taxi from Kota Kinabalu.

 

If you take the Tambunan road, you will pass the Rafflesia Information Centre and can stop for an hour or so to see this wonderful and unusual plant. The town of Tenom can be reached either by train from Kota Kinabalu via Beaufort and through the Padas Gorge (an experience to be savoured) or directly by road from Kota Kinabalu.

National Parks in Malaysia - Crocker Range National Park in Sabah, East Malaysia or Borneo

 

Details

The bus to Keningau can be taken at the long distance bus station near Merdeka Field (to reach Keningau bus station). Schedules for departure are at 7:00am, 8:00am, 10:00pm, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 5:00pm; the bus fare to Keningau is RM16.00 /person.

 

Visitors can also take the taxi from Kota Kinabalu to the Keningau Taxi station for RM120 per taxi.

 

From the Keningau bus station/ Keningau Taxi station, visitors would have to take another taxi to reach the Crocker Range station. One way fare is RM40 per taxi. However, all prices are estimated and are subject to change.

 
 
 
KENINGAU : Crocker Range National Park
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA