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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Bukit Gemok
  Tawau Hills Park
 
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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
TAWAU : Tawau Hills Park
 
 

TAWAU HILLS PARK

 

The lush forests of the Tawau Hills in the east coast of Sabah serves as an important water catchments area for Tawau and Semporna.

 

The area was gazette as a National Park  to protect the natural environment with its unique flora and fauna and to ensure an uninterrupted water supply for the region.  Rugged volcanic terrain cover the natural landscape, in sharp contrast to the neatly cultivated plantations of oil palm, cocoa and rubber on the flat coastal plains. With its sprawling grounds, lush green foliage and sparkling river, Tawau Hills Park is the ideal place to get in touch with nature. Located some 24 km from Tawau town, the park is a popular spot for families and friends to enjoy a picnic or, for the more adventurous, spend a night camping under a blanket of stars. The park serves as a vital water catchments area for the major rivers in this part of Sabah, the Tawau , Merotai, Kinabatangan, Mantri and Balung rivers.

 
 

Covering an area of 27,972 hectares, the Tawau Hills Park was gazetted in 1979. It is home to numerous plant and animal species. Walking down any of the many paths, visitors will notice that a wooden label identifies almost every plant. The dominant vegetation is lowland dipterocarp forest. With increasing altitude (above 1,000 m), a thick damp mossy forest takes over. Lowland orchids are also abundant; the most spectacular is the Elephant's Ear Orchid. Be sure to check out the 2-hectare Lowland Gardens, home to an astounding selection of flora. If you are fortunate, you might even catch a glimpse of the wildlife here. The wildlife are generally elusive but sightings of long-tailed macaques, giant tree squirrels, civets, red-leaf monkeys and even a troop of white monkeys have been reported.

 
 
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
  • Well-maintained and well-marked trails with designated rest areas

  • Large plants and trees

  • Relaxing in therapeutic hot springs

  • Dipping in the waterfalls and pools

 
 
FLORA & FAUNA
 

Lowland dipterocarp forest dominates the park and thick damp, mossy forest takes over at heights of over 800m. The terrain is hilly with two prime elevations ? Gunung Magdalena (1,310m) and Gunung Lucia (1,201m). Also found within the park is Bombalai Hill (530m), which is the remains of a crater.

 

The mengaris tree with its smooth grey trunk, noted for its attraction to honeybees, is common in the area. The bees build their honeycombs very high, out of reach and well away from predators.

 

Orchids, ferns, other epiphytes and forest herbs grow in abundance. Long-tailed macaques and red leaf monkeys inhabit the area but are not easy to see. Giant tree squirrels, the forest tortoise, creamy white leaf monkeys, civet cats and leopard cats, including the clouded leopard, though rarely seen, are not uncommon. Of course, as with all jungle areas, wild pigs and deer traverse the forest floor. The Borneo pygmy elephant, whose taxonomy was only recently classified, also roams this area.

 

Birds include hornbills, pheasants, kingfishers and many other species. Jungle insects are profuse, including both the flying and the ground dwellers. Moths ? the giant atlas moth in particular, beetles, centipedes and millipedes, along with frogs, rodents and snakes are plentiful.

 
 
 
PLANNING AN ITINERARY
 

Cool streams meandering through a lush tropical forest setting and waterfalls cascading excitingly into frothing rocky pools down below, make it an ideal location for picnics and refreshing dips-away from the stress and strains of everyday life.  There are also hot springs-Mother Nature's very own spa, where you can ease your tired muscles and weary bones while luxuriating in the therapeutic warmth of the 'geo-thermal' pool.

 

There are also jungle trails for those who wish to explore the forest, study its varied plant life at closer range and maybe be fortunate enough to spot its shy inhabitants. For something more challenging, climb the Bombalai Hill. At 530m above sea level, it offers a sweeping panorama of the plantations, Tawau town in the far distance and the Sulawesi Sea on the horizon.

National Parks in Malaysia - Tawau Hills Park in Sabah, East Malaysia or Borneo

 

Many people visit Tawau Hills Park during the school holidays or at weekends. To avoid crowds, weekdays are the best time to explore the park.

 
 
 
PARK REGULATIONS

Visitors are advised to observe the Park's regulations while in the Park.  Under the Sabah Parks Enactment of 1984, it is an offense to:-

  • Kill, capture, disturb or remove any animal, nest or eggs.

  • Remove, damage or set fire to any vegetation or any object of geological, historical or scientific interest.

  • Introduce any outside plant or animal.

  • Deface or write on any rocks, trees or buildings.

These regulations protect the Park for your benefit, the benefit of your children and for future generations.

 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION
 

National Parks in Malaysia - Tawau Hills Park in Sabah, East Malaysia or Borneo

 

Hostels and a jungle lodge are available along with a large campsite that can accommodate up to 500 people. The campsite can accommodate 500 - 1,000 campers. There is a cafeteria that provides simple meals and drinks. Barbecue pits are provided in various areas making it a popular destination among the townsfolk of Tawau. Those who wish to camp must bring their own equipment. Agathis hostel A and B provide a total of 19 rooms, each with four beds, shared bathrooms as well as a common kitchen and eating area. The jungle lodge is a colonial-style bungalow run by the park?s staff cooperative.

 

Campsite

MYR5.00 /person /night and MYR2.00 (below 18 years) /person /night.  Those who wish to camp must use their own camping equipment.

 

2 Hostel Blocks, Agathis Hostel A & B.

The hostels provide a total of 19 rooms with four (4) beds per room.

 

Jungle Lodge

Reservation can be made through travel agent.

 
 
 
OPENING HOURS

Open daily from 7:00am - 6:00pm.

 
 
ADMISSION FEES

MyKad holders (18 years and above) : RM3.00

MyKad (below 18 years) : RM1.00

 

Others (18 years and above) : RM10.00

Others (below 18 years) : RM6.00

 
 
CONTACT DETAILS

Tawau Hills Park : +6089 925 719

Sabah Parks : +6088 211 881

 

 
GETTING THERE

The park headquarters at the southern boundary is only 24km from Tawau town. It is accessible by a maze of plantation roads of various standards. However, visitors have to make their own arrangements to get there.

 

Taxis and buses are available for hire from Tawau as are four-wheel drive vehicles. It is easier to purchase a tour package from a local tour operator or have them pick you up at Tawau airport, which is accessible from Kuala Lumpur (direct) or Kota Kinabalu. An entrance fee is charged.

 

Visitors have to make their own transport arrangements to the park which is accessible via a maze of some rather rough roads but that's part of the adventure!

National Parks in Malaysia - Tawau Hills Park in Sabah, East Malaysia or Borneo

 
 
 
TAWAU : Tawau Hills Park
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA