Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Kota Kinabalu: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips
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Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Tours & Activities

About Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Malaysia is quite popular among nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Spread over 280 acres of land, the park is divided into two sections, the botanical and zoological side. It is run by the Sabah Wildlife Department under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

The park is mainly family oriented and is also well-liked as a children’s zoo. The residents of the zoo include the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Orang Utan, Malayan Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Proboscis monkey, as well as a few species of Deer.

The botanical side of the park allows the visitors to go on leisurely strolls and jungle trekking along the trail. The well maintained and paved botanical trail runs for approximately 1.4 kilometres and the entire botanical component is spread over 200 acres of the area.

There is an aviary which is a very lively section of the park as you can hear a whole lot of pleasant sounds of the birds that greet the visitors who come to the park. The aviary houses many species of birds like the hornbill, parrots, pigeons, eagles and many more. The section in the zoo which is for children offers elephant rides from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm every day.

How to Reach Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is about 20 Kilometres away from Kota Kinabalu. There are several options and modes of transport you can use to reach the park from the city centre. You can choose to drive to the park which should take anything between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

The area is well-connected by roadways and the many options that are available make it easy to reach the park. You could hire a taxi or take a bus from Kota Kinabalu to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

What Not to Miss at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Here are some of the best things to do in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park:

1. Spot exotic animal species
As you take a leisurely walk along the park, you get to spot some exotic species like the OrangUtans, Sumatran Rhinoceros and many more.

2. Jungle trek
Trekking along the well-paved jungle trail at the botanical section that runs for about 1.4 kilometres will bring you to the herbal and ginger garden. This section has some rare and exotic plants like the pitcher plant.

3. Visit the aviary
The park has an aviary where you will be welcomed by the delightful chirping sounds of birds like parrots, pigeons and other species.

4. Elephant ride
If you visit the park on weekends or public holidays, you can enjoy the elephant rides offered at the park.

5. Train ride
There is an amazing train ride that takes you around the whole park. You can avail these rides at an additional fee of 2 RM.

Attractions in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is home to several species of endangered animals and has some incredible fauna. The major wildlife attractions include the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Proboscis monkeys, Malayan Tigers and OrangUtans. The area that is dedicated to children has Pygmy Elephants and Ponies. 

The aviary is very lively with the sounds of the many birds that live there. The beautiful feathered, colourful birds add a charm to this spot and make it worthwhile. The park also features a Herbal and Ginger Garden that gives you a very tranquil and calm feeling. The park has a unique flora and a multitude of plant species. Pitcher plants and Dipterocarp trees are also a part of the botanical side of the park.

Other Essential Information About Lok Kawi Wildlife Park


Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is located in Jalan Penampang in the Malaysian state of Sabah. 

The park is open for visitors from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. 

Entry fee:
The entry fee is RM10 for Malaysia Adult, RM5 for children, RM20 for foreigner adult tourists, RM10 for foreigner children. 

Photography charges:
There is no additional fee for photography but commercial photography is prohibited and may need prior permission. 

Distance from city centre:
Kota Kinabalu, the nearest major city from Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is about 20 kilometres away. You can either drive or take a taxi from Kota Kinabalu. It should take about 30 minutes to one hour.

Places to Eat near Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

1. Happy Vines

One of the best multi-cuisine restaurants located near the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Happy Vines is a very impressive place and is a favourite among tourists. This place serves Asian, Chinese, Spanish and Italian cuisines. 

2. Restoran Alif
A very popular place that you must try if you are looking for Indian cuisine. Restoran Alif is quite close to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and you can drop in here for a variety of delicious Indian food. 

3. Furball Heaven
This place has a lot of friendly dogs running around the cafe, making it a great place for dog lovers. It is known for its great food and prompt service, so if you are looking for a quick snack, drop in to this cafe. 

4. Café Tatu
After a long tiring day exploring the park, if you want to stop by for some coffee and quick snacks, this café is a must try.

5. For authentic Malaysian food
Kedai Kopi Jia Xiang Sang Nyuk Mian, Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, Lucy's Kitchen, Nyonya & Thai and Kampung Nelayan are the best restaurants to try some local cuisine.

Places to Stay near Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

1. The Crown Borneo Hotel

This hotel is located just minutes away from the city centre. It is an affordable hotel with great modern facilities and several restaurants nearby.   

2. D’Arc Hotel
This is a modern, classic hotel that provides quality accomodation with great amenities to provide you a comfortable stay. The recreational facilities at the hotel will give you plenty to do making your stay enjoyable. 

3. Beringgis Beach Resort & Spa
Located at a walking distance from the beach,all the rooms have a stunning view of the sea. The poolside cafe and other facilities at the hotel ensure you have a pleasant stay. 

4. Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
One of the top rated places to stay, this resort is located just 15 minutes from the airport. With spacious rooms and a beautiful view, the resort provides free WiFi and has a lovely pool where you can relax.

5. Putatan Platinum Hotel
All rooms are well equipped with modern furnishing and great recreational facilities. Its convenient location and superior amenities attract a lot of visitors.

Travellers' Tip before visiting Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Make sure you wear something comfortable as you will have to walk quite a bit to explore the park.

If you wish to go jungle trekking, make sure you have comfortable footwear.

Don’t forget to carry your camera as you can click some amazing pictures around the park.

For security reasons, it is mandatory to carry a valid ID proof while coming for the wildlife park tour.
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People Also Ask About Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

  1. What are the various facilities available in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park?

    - Food stalls around the park. - Visitor centre is your go to place in case of any queries or if you are looking for some information. - The park provides car parking facilities. - Public toilets for men and women. - Administrative Building.
  2. What is the entry fee of Lok Kawi Wildlife Park?

    The entry fee for adults is RM10 and for children it is RM5. Foreign tourists are charged RM20 and RM10 respectively. Senior citizens aged 60 and above and the handicapped do not have to pay any fee for entrance to the park.
  3. What are the operating hours of Lok Kawi Wildlife Park?

    The park is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
  4. How to go to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park by train?

    There is no direct train or public transport for Lok Kawi. You can drive or take a taxi from Kota Kinabalu or take a taxi from the Lok Kawi town to the park.
  5. Is there a cafe in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park?

    There are several food stalls around the park. You will find cafes and restaurants like Happy Vines, Cafe Tatu and Lucy’s Kitchen, a few kilometres away from the park.

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