World’s Largest Flower
Gunung Gading National Park is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia. Growing up to approximately a metre in diameter, this amazing flower gives off a pungent odour, attracting flies and other insects for pollination.
Reviews 0 Reviews0/5
Vacation Style Holiday TypeDiscovery, Jungle, Trekking
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Gunung Gading National Park is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia. Growing up to approximately a metre in diameter, this amazing flower gives off a pungent odour, attracting flies and other insects for pollination. The Rafflesia has no specific blooming season and it takes up to nine months to mature from bud to flower. Once fully bloomed, it lasts only 4 or 5 days before withering. Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae is the species that occurs at Gunung Gading National Park.
- Return transfers (Surcharge applies for transfer from hotels outside of Kuching City)
- Entrance fees
- Lunch/drinking water
- An English speaking leader
- Any other items not listed above
- Gratuities for local staff (at your discretion)
Gunung Gading National Park
Start your day early at 8 am from your hotel and embark on the 2 hours road journey to Gunung Gading National Park. Before commencing your trek, take time for a briefing by your guide upon reaching the park. The length of your trek to view the Rafflesia will be dependent upon the location from the park headquarters. Enjoy a break with a refreshing swim at the waterfall before making your back to the park headquarters.
Lunch will be at Lundu town enroute back to Kuching. Expect to arrive back at your hotel by 5 pm.
Gunung Gading is famous for the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, which can grow up to one metre in diameter. When in bloom the flower gives off a nasty smell that attracts flies and other insects. The Rafflesia has no specific season but the rainy season provides better blooming frequencies. It takes nine months to mature and flowering lasts only 4 or 5 days before dying. The mountain peaks that make up the Park provide a scenic backdrop to the nearby town of Lundu, and the nearby beaches at Pandan and Siar. Gunung Gading also has some enjoyable walks and a challenging jungle trek.
‘The Waterfall’ trail offers the shortest walk, winding its way up through the forest past a series of waterfalls. It takes about one hour to reach the last one, Waterfall No. 7. You’ll need to be fit for the other trek, the Gunung Gading Summit trail (3-4 hours, one way) as it involves some serious hill walking. You must complete the trail and return the same day, as overnight stays in the forest are not permitted.
We would recommend long sleeved t – shirts and trousers, comfortable hiking boots, large brimmed hat or cap, sunglasses and a light raincoat/ Poncho.
Mosquito repellent, small personal first aid kit, spare t – shirt, camera, handphone, a copy of your passport’s photo ID page, spare batteries, Lens, light raincoat/ Poncho, Day Bag, anything else you can’t do without.
No, not here but seeing the largest flower in the world and trekking around the park will compensate for that.
Yes, you can but without a guide, you will miss so much more. The Rafflesia can only be found using a guide, as the flower tends to bloom off the beaten track, so best to use a guide.
Yes, you can as long as it is being used for personal use only.
No, not at this time.
Yes, you can but please bring back with you any rubbish and dispose of it responsibly.
Yes, you can, from the small café/ shop within the park.
Yes, toilets are at the café and shop area and the HQ.
There is an abundance of Birds but you need to be there very early to see them. Hidden away in the forest there will be Snakes, Exotic Flowers, lizards, frogs etc.
Just 1hour and 45minutes if the traffic is in your favour.
The chances to see the wildlife here requires you to be very quiet as it is well hidden amongst the forest. Should you encounter any of the park wildlife then please leave it well alone…this goes for the flowers too.
You can book a tour with Borneo Experiences online or call into the Singgahasana Lodge in Kuching and book from there.