Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Habitat to rainforest animals, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is more than just a local animal park but also a natural conservation center.
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is a 280-acre park in a rainforest. With an aviary, zoological trail, and botanical garden, you get to meet animals like pygmy elephants and Malayan tiger cubs. You can also see endemic plants like the giant pitcher at the botanical garden.
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is located along the Penampang-Papar old road, about an hour’s drive from the city centre.
Opening Days and Hours
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is open daily from 09:30 to 17:30.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee costs RM 10 (USD 2.43) for locals, and RM 20 (USD 4.86) for foreigners.
How to Get There
You can get to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park via car or taxi from Kota Kinabalu.
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park suits families with young kids, groups of friends, couples, and seniors who are wildlife lovers.
Time to Spend
Most people spend about 3 to 4 hours exploring the park.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is popular among visitors who would like an introduction to tropical rainforests and its wildlife. Most people visit during the weekends so avoid doing so if you want to dodge huge crowds.
You can buy food from the kiosks within the park.
You can walk to the J Borneo Native Village, which is adjacent to the wildlife park for Kadazandusun theatre performances. Another option is to visit the farms and local handicraft centre in Penampang (30 minutes’ drive away).
There are many accommodation options in Kota Kinabalu that you can choose to stay at, from budget hostels to luxury five-star hotels. There are also homestays and Airbnb options too.
Good to Know
Use a hat or sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.