Kipandi Butterfly Park is located in the Crocker Range, about 22 miles (35.4 km) from Kota Kinabalu city, in Moyog, Penampang. Situated at an altitude of about 2300 feet (700 m), Kipandi Butterfly Park is a beautiful tropical forest filled with the songs of insects and birds with colorful butterflies fluttering around. It is a great place to relax in the cool refreshing air of the Crocker Range and to take pictures of the beautiful butterflies, orchids, exotic flowering plants and the rare insect's collection. More than a hundred butterfly's species have been recorded here.
The Butterfly Garden is the main attraction of this park and in this garden, the rarest butterflies' species such as the Rajah Brooks and golden birdwings are breed and release into the surrounding forest. The butterfly garden is also a good place to photograph the butterflies in their natural surroundings, as it is an enclosed garden.
The Insect Museum will not disappoint the insects' lover as the insectarium has over 500 butterflies and over 3000 beetles in its collection. In the collection, are many rare and endemic insects' species, which can only be found in the Crocker Range.
In the Native Plants & Orchid Garden, you can see some of the rare and endangered orchids and pitcher plants of Sabah. In this botanical collection, there are more than 500 species of native orchids, 28 species of carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes), 40 species of Hoyas (wax flowers) and five species of lipstick flowers (Aeschynanthus) and many other native plants, which are only found on Borneo on display.
Kipandi Butterfly Park
Getting There: The park is located in Moyog, Penampang about 22 miles (35.4 km) from Kota Kinabalu city. For more information and details, contact the local travel agent or the park owner i.e. Kipandi Entomofauna Ecotours Sdn Bhd. (Tel: 088-232015, 016-8380100, 013-8739092 ; Fax: 088-235015) or you can also visit their website at www .kipandi.com for more information. There is a ½ day tour to the park you can take, which include hotel pickup and drop-off, park tour, jungle tracking, plants watching, bird watching, insects watching and ended with a standard Malaysian lunch or dinner.