This centre is set aside for the conservation purposes of the remarkable rafflesia flower. The Rafflesia Information Centre is situated about an hour?s drive away from Kota Kinabalu.
The center only opens from 8am to 3pm from Monday to Saturday. Thus, the timing of your visit is crucial. The center has enough plots and documented flower buds to increase your chances of viewing a rafflesia. With or without catching a rafflesia in bloom, the center is a great beginning point for exploring Sabah's exquisite Crocker Range National Park. The Crocker Range National Park has a lot to offer but is less visited as compared to the Kinabalu National Park. The steep terrain in the park is home to a diverse array of life and is usually given a miss by the crowds during Borneo's high season.
The Rafflesia is one of the rarest and strangest flowers in the world. It is undeniably the largest you can find in the world as it weighs up to 22 pounds and the looks quite alien-like. It is actually a parasite which can be hosted by only one vine in the world. Rafflesia is only found in Sumatra, Java, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines. The flower smells like rotting meat near the end of its life cycle to attract flies and other insects. The flower blooms only for three to five days. The chance of seeing one blooming will require some luck and good timing.
As mitigation, entering the Forest Reserve (Conservation Rafflesia Plots) after 3:00pm is strictly prohibited. For those who are permitted and still within the area are required to come out of the area at 3:00pm.
Less than 1-hour trekking ? RM30 per 1 guide for every 5 pax
More than 1-hour trekking ? RM50 per 1 guide for every 5 pax