Mesilau Nature Resort
Walking beneath the forest canopy of Mesilau Nature Resort at the base of Mount Kinabalu, you’ll be enthralled by the languid flutter of butterflies rising through the dappled light and the wide gawp of green and purple pitcher plants. The forest at Kinabalu is home to over 4500 species of plants, 289 species of birds and 290 types of butterfly, as well as world’s largest pitcher plant, the “Nepenthes Rajah” which grows everywhere here. Exotic orchids, birds, orang-utans and the odd bearded pig help make Mesilau a nature-loving traveller’s top pick in South East Asia. Indeed, it was here beneath the towering granite summit of Kinabalu nineteenth century naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace refined the theory of evolution he developed in tandem with Darwin. But no need to think too hard, here; just bask in nature’s brillant display.