Jungle Adventure Tips – For Kinabalu Park Trail-ers…

  • My son in one of the jungle trail of KinabaluFind out about the trail and surroundings, be sure that you have enough time to complete the entire route before darkness falls. Do not stray off the path to chase after animals.
  • Use good judgment regarding fitness level required for the trek, and know your physical limits.

  • Always inform the park officials or let someone know your plans and destination for the day, especially if going alone.

  • Take plenty of water and pack a few easy snacks to keep energy level up. Unless trekking with a local guide, it is not advisable to eat jungle fruit or drink from any water source.

  • In the highlands try to trek on the ridge tops to save energy traversing the steep slopes and to catch a cool breeze.

  • Be as quite as possible to avoid scaring any wildlife. Getting an early start during the dawn provides the best chances to sight animals seeking food and the warmth of the early morning sun.

  • Wear thin, loose preferably cotton clothing to remain comfortable.

  • Cover arms and legs with long trousers and long-sleeved shirts to ward off mosquitoes and to provide protection against thorny plants.

  • Wear leech socks or long socks to prevent leeches from finding an entry way.

  • Choose sturdy footwear with proper ankle support and good traction.

  • Be prepared for sudden rain showers by carrying poncho that wraps over both body and your carrying pack to keep everything dry.

  • A white brimmed hat helps to shade a trekker from the heat of tropical sun.

Kinabalu Park itself have more than 10 jungle trails that you can use, although you have no intention to climb the mountain. The trails varies in distance, and you can choose whether you want to follow the 30 minutes trail or 3 hours trail. Information can be obtained from the Kinabalu Park office, and maybe you have to inform the park rangers on your trip and activities. Most travelers take the trail to see the flora, fauna (mostly birds) of Kinabalu.

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