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Rich with flora and fauna, the Crocker Range Park offers
visitors the chance to see tropical vegetation and wildlife not
to found anywhere else but in Borneo. Here visitors will see
bright yellow flowers of the Dillenia Suffruticosa a woody shrub
usually found on infertile defrosted soils and the Rafflesia
Pricie, one of the three parasitic rafflesia species found in
The forest is also home to at least five species of
primates, such as the orang utan, gibbons and the furry tarsier
with its enormous round eyes and frog-like hands and feet.
Visitors will also see the extremely sociable long-tailed
macaques, easily identifiable by their prominent cheek whiskers.
Bears, civet cats, marble cats, and wild pigs also roam the
forest floor while birds of many kinds may be spotted flitting
between dense foliage. All these will allow visitors to
experience a great time discovering the great forest of this
The Chain Mountains of CRNP encompass ecosystems in five
vegetation types: montane forest, lower montane forest, upper
montane dipterocarp forest, hill diptercorp forest and lower
land forest. With a high biodiversity in its forest ecosystems,
CRNP is a heritage that belongs not only to the local
communities, but to the world. It’s forest provide services for
human communities in cleaning air and water, the prevention of
natural disasters, resources for traditional agriculture and
livelihood, research, education, recreation and tourism.
As there are no accessible roads here, the only option will
be walking along the local people's trails, which wind their way
through natural rainforests into the mountains. Deep within the
jungle and protected from the modern world by it, the Kadazan
people have been cultivating Sabah's fertile valleys using
traditional methods for generations.
The ‘Salt Route’ is one of the latest eco-adventure tourism
trekking activities that cover the Crocker Range, which
stretches from the northern-most part of Borneo to the boundary
of Sabah and Kalimantan, separating the Sabah interior from the
West Coast. This trek will take you into the heart of Sabah's
Crocker mountain range, where the ethnic Kadazan Dusun people
still live a simple, agrarian existence at one with nature.
The route was taken in old days by the natives from the
interior to get to the West Coast to trade at the weekly open
market, known as a ‘tamu’. Salt was said to be the most
important commodity then which was bartered with jungle produce.
The tamu was then located in Kampung Inobong, in the district of
Penampang and the route which begins from Kampung Tikolod in
Tambunan to this venue was considered the longest of three known
Today, this route is considered one of the most beautiful
and adventurous jungle treks in Sabah. Trekkers will find
themselves surrounded by primary forest, in which crystal clear
rivers run through and a myriad of flora and fauna can be found.
The route is a four-day trek which will also bring trekkers
through two points of the Crocker Range Park, namely the Tikolod
sub-station and the Inobong sub-station.
Journey along the ‘Salt Route’ and experience a trader’s
life from the olden days and enjoy nature at its best. Try to
live like the natives by experiencing home stay with them during
the salt route expedition.
Presently, the Crocker Range National Park is not open for
public visits. Therefore, those who intend to visit must obtain
written permission from the Director of Sabah Parks.
Contact sabah park for further information
Sabah Parks P.O. Box 10626, 88806 Kota Kinabalu
Tel: 088-211811, 212508 Fax: 088-221001, 211585