Located in Tamparuli about an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu City, the beautiful St. Veronica’s Hill towers over the rustic Tamparuli town and surrounding villages at 278 meters above sea level. The locals of Sabah call it Bukit Perahu, which means “Hill Boat” in Malay, because of an inverted boat-shaped rock that sits near the summit’s clearing.
St. Veronica’s Hill offers a leisure trek up to the peak on a rocky terrain. While the majority of the trail leads through trees and bushes, occasional shrub openings towards the top afford a splendid bird’s eye view.
In the early morning, a sunrise hike will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Kinabalu overlooking the misty low lands - giving you a true “Top of the World” experience!
A combination of scenic views, exercise, and a little bit of mystery thrown together, this hill catches the fancy of both hiking enthusiasts and leisure explorers alike.
04:30am : Your first adventure starts in the early morning with the pick up from your hotel lobby and leisure drive to Tamparuli Town.
05:15am : Upon arrival at the starting point, begin the trek to the summit (278m a.s.l) of St Veronica’s Hill, also known as Bukit Perahu. Along the way, you will pass a total of 14 crosses planted by St. Phillip Roman Catholic Church of Tamparuli. Every year during Easter Day, Roman Catholic locals participate in a mini pilgrimage up the hill for the “Stations of the Cross” event, stopping at each cross to commemorate Jesus Christ’s last day on earth as a man.
06:00am : Once you have reached the summit, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view as you experience the true beauty of Sabah’s nature! Enjoy panoramic sights from the peak’s clearing, with the breathtaking backdrop of the majestic Mount Kinabalu and the shimmering river snaking past the rustic Tamparuli Town. If you are fortunate to climb with good weather, you would witness an incredible sunrise kissing the lands with gold!
07:00am : When you have enjoyed the full grandeur to your heart’s content, you can begin your descent.
08:00am : Upon reaching back to the starting point, transfer to Tamparuli Town. Take a walk on the famous “Jambatan Tamparuli” suspension bridge, and soak up the small-town charm as you stroll past numerous historical wooden shop houses and visit the local market. Breakfast will be a simple affair at one of the local food stalls. After breakfast, transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.
If you chosen "Hike + Rafting" or "Hike + Kinabalu Park" or "Hike + ATV", you may proceed to the starting point of your next adventure.
Notes: above itinerary is applied for "Hike Only" package. If you choose "Hike + Rafting" or "Hike + Kinabalu Park" or "Hike + ATV", please read the following itinerary stated below.
Package: Hike + Rafting
Continue your journey to KIULU WHITE RIVER RAFTING
Upon arrival, you will be briefed through on safety measures and the various rapids by the River guide. Proceed to collect your rafting gear. Helmets, check! Paddles, check! Life-jackets, double check!
Time to brave the 9 kilometer slippery slopes of the Kiulu River! The rafting activity takes about 1hour 30 minutes depending on rapids and river condition. Paddle on through bumpy river-beds and be literally drenched in adrenaline and excitement as you reach the ending point. Keep your head up so that you do not miss the amazing sights of the tropical rainforest while you are cruising through the Wall Rapid and Holy Smoke Rapid. You can even Body Raft if you are keen on something more vigorous!
Upon arrival to the ending point, change into some dry clothes and feast on a lunch by the Kiulu River before heading back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.
Package: Hike + Kinabalu Park
Continue your journey to KINABALU PARK WITH RUMAH TERBALIK & DESA COW FARM
Desa Dairy Farm is temporarily closed until further notice. Please contact us for more information.
Proceed to 30-minute drive through the countryside onwards to the wondrous Rumah Terbalik (Upside Down House).
You can opt to either only make a pitstop for a few photos or be accompanied by a guide to explain the cultural elements of the house (at your own expenses).
Proceed on a 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive to Kinabalu National Park passing by villages and paddy fields along mountainous roads winding along the Crocker Range.
Pitstop at Nabalu Handicraft Market for some local produce and handicraft souvenirs.
Upon arrival at Kinabalu National Park, enjoy the refreshing cool air as you take a nature trail walk through the Botanical Gardens with Mount Kinabalu as your backdrop.
Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in an estimate of 4,500 species of plants – 77 of which are Bornean-endemic. You may even get to spot several bird species out of 289 species sprawled throughout the park.
After the nature walk, it’s time for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, depart for the 199-hectar stretch of pristine farmland – Desa Cow Farm!
You will get the opportunity to sample fresh dairy products, get up close to cattle, and bottle feed calves.
It’s time to bid a fun-filled day goodbye as you are transferred to your respective hotels.
Package: Hike + ATV
Continue your journey to ATV ADVENTURE – KIULU COUNTRYSIDE
Route - Kiulu Countryside
Gear up for an adventurous journey that will let you experience the beautiful Kiulu country side in a unique way: riding a quad bike!
Be amazed by the scenic drive up and down rolling hills, driving through Kiulu river and quaint villages amongst some of the best paddy field landscapes in Borneo. Along the way your guide will make some stops to tell you more about the life of the local people. This will be a guided scenic adventure unlike anywhere else in Borneo. Light refreshment will be provided.
(Light Refreshment provided)
|Includes||Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Meals as Stated and English-Speaking Guide|
|Excludes||Personal Travel Insurance, Any Items Not Mentioned|
FOR ST. VERONICA HILL CLIMBING: Long Trousers and T-shirt, Cap/Sun Hat, Comfortable Shoes
FOR ST. VERONICA HILL CLIMBING: Raincoat or Umbrella, Head Torch / Torchlight, Walking Stick (optional), A Change of Clothes, Binoculars, Sunblock Lotion, Insect Repellent, Camera
Dear Travellers, in light of the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) imposed by Malaysia Government and effective until 31 August 2020, some of the tour attraction locations have been affected. Please expect some adjustments to the published itinerary. Amazing Borneo Tours will do our best to work around the limitations and continue to deliver a memorable experience for our valuable guests.
Mandatory Temperature Checking:
Kinabalu National Park:
Desa Dairy Farm:
FOR OPTION A: KIULU RIVER RAFTING
FOR OPTION B: KINABALU PARK WITH RUMAH TERBALIK & DESA COW FARM
FOR OPTION C: ATV ADVENTURE – KIULU COUNTRYSIDE