UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu National Park
Walking beneath the forest canopy of Mount Kinabalu National Park, you’ll be delighted by the lazy flutter of great butterflies drifting up through streams of filtered light and the wide gawp of veined, insectivorous pitcher plants. Though it’s unlikely you’ll see, nor smell, the metre-wide Rafflesia ‘corpse flower’, you’ll be astounded by the world heritage-listed biodiversity of the park’s other flora and fauna. Exotic orchids, birds, orang-utans and the odd bearded pig make this a dream destination for travellers with a naturalist bent. Indeed, it was here beneath the towering granite peak of Mount Kinabalu nineteenth century naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace refined the theory of evolution he developed in tandem with Darwin. Mind, it’s not difficult to dodge the hard thinking when you’re so dazzled by such a brilliant natural display.