This park is dedicated to rafflesia, world’s largest bloom. The park has nearly twelve different species of the flower and the species can be found only in Sumatra and Borneo. Rafflesia is parasitic in nature and grows in the jungle vine stems. However, the blooms grow up to a size covering one meter in its diameter. The reserve at Sabah has several species that are found uniquely in Sabah.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District, West Coast Division, SabahPick up from the city hotel at 0800hrs. About 1½ hours drive journey through the scenic view within Crocker Range Park to Tambunan Rafflesia Centre which located conveniently by the roadside and is only 58km from Kota Kinabalu. This centre was gazetted in 1984 by the State Government of Sabah as a protected Virgin Jungle Reserve. The unique feature of this reserve is the extensive occurrence of one of the world’s largest flowers, the Rafflesia Pricei. Rafflesia flowers are reputed to be the largest flowers in the world, and also one of the rarest of all plants. The Rafflesia is a parasitic plant which is specifically dependent on Tetrastigma host vines. It occurs as a single magnificent flower, without roots, leaves or stem. It extends thread-like filaments into the tissues of its host from which it obtains food substances. Rafflesia Pricei occurs to an elevation of 1400 meters, coinciding with the upper limit of the occurrence of Rafflesia host plants, Tetrastigma.At the entrance of this reserve is a Rafflesia Information Centre. There are eight trails for trekkers including a Rafflesia Trial that leads to the flowering sites. The information centre is well equipped as a tourist centre. For those who do not wish to go jungle trekking or to see the original Rafflesia in full natural bloom, the centre provides information and there are also replicas of Rafflesia, in their true shapes and colours. Souvenir items like replicas of Rafflesia, key chains, T-shirts and books are also available at the centre.In the afternoon, lunch at the local restaurant before transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Asni Tours & Travels, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah PersekutuanTour operatorDuration: 10 minutes