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“Not many butterflys but very interesting orchids”

Kipandi Butterfly Farm
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Tambunan
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

It is a pleasant about 1 hour drive from Kota Kinabalu into some beautiful mountain ranges. When we got to the gate we were informed, that unfortunately due to recent weather conditions there was very few butterflies. We received a reduced price. I went with my elderly parents from Switzerland who love plants. They loved all the interesting flours and especially the nearly invisible, tiny native orchids. I love pitcher plants and there were many to be seen at the end of the trail. The guide did a fantastic job pointing out and showing all the plants. Yes, there were very few life butterflies at that time but it was still one of our best trips and well worth the visit. If you love to look at nature and some exotic tropical plants, you will enjoy it even if it is not season for the butterflies.

1  Thank naturelover222
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Took almost 1 hour drive from Kota Kinabalu. Visit here in August and it is not the good time of the year to see butterflies. According to the staff here, the perfect time os in January to April, before noon. Anyway, we paid RM10/pax to enter and spent 1 hour there, looking at the flowers and spot few butterflies. The Insect Museum is a worth to see. This place can be improved and need maintanance to be more attractive. Otherwise, we do had a nice time.

1  Thank Nooraishah S
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Spent about 90mins here. Was rm10 to get in and kids were free. There is a nice room of all the insects that probably at one time been in the park. Hard to imagine all the different kinds of bugs you can see. Nice short walk on the butterfly path although not too many butterflies there are lots of flowers around. If you keep heading down you get some small treks off the path which has some more flowers. Great for photographer's. Even my kids of 4 and 7 really enjoyed themselves. Not too many staff around but when we did see someone they was happy to answers out questions in English and Malay.

1  Thank hedger9uk
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Reviewed 27 December 2015

I rented a car in Kota Kinabalu and stopped here on a drive across the Crocker Range to Tambunan. The scenery en route is spectacular, and the butterfly farm was worth a visit. There were quite a few butterflies around (in late December,) but unfortunately none of the orchids were in bloom during my visit.

1  Thank Donald R
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Just came back from a flora trip to Sabah which includes a trip to the Kipandi Park. Entrance fee was RM10 for Malaysians. This park was originally started by an entomologist, Dr Steven Chew as a conservation project with Sabah Wildlife Department to breed endangered butterflies. Dr Chew is a popular figure in Borneo having discovered a few new species in Sabah and some are named after him. Over the years, it has become equally well known for its native orchid and other plants collection and they are thriving under the care of Linus Gokusing, the Plants and Garden Manager.

It's the orchids, hoyas and nepenthes that we were there. Absolutely amazing collection. Linus is also well known for having discovered some species which are named after him. According to one news article, at least 26 new species of orchids have been described from Kipandi collections since it's inception! Many of the plants there are endemic to certain localities in the Crocker Range. A must place to visit for all plants lovers. We were extremely lucky to have Linus guided us ... he's highly knowledgeable about plants and are able to answer all our questions especially when it comes to plants ID.

On top of that, the park is a little charming place. The Nepenthes Garden walk takes visitors on a ridge with beautiful scenery and cooling weather. I would have wanted to continue on the path if time permits.

It's a place I would visit again.

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