A RANGE OF TOUR PACKAGES AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS MAKE SABAH TEA GARDEN A POPULAR SPOT FOR BOTH EDU- AND ECO-TOURISM. DARYL YEP FINDS OUT.
Having returned from Cameron Highlands recently where we overdosed on a dizzying array of tea, we suspect going on another tea outing is out of a question. But strangely enough, in no time, we found myself traversing high and circuitous roads nonetheless again, to be surrounded by rolling hills of scenic tea plantations and served a accumulation of tea. Apparently, this author usually can’t conflict anything that a Land Below a Wind has to offer.
Nestled in a primitive rainforest conjectural to be 130 million years aged during 2,272 feet above sea level, Sabah Tea Garden offers visitors an surprising revisit to a ‘tea forest’ where rainforest trees and organic tea plants grow side by side. Its recognition as a weekend getaway has been flourishing by a years, quite among families and students. Besides, Kota Kinabalu is usually a two-hour expostulate divided while Mount Kinabalu Park is merely an hour’s journey.
At a Tea Manufacturing Factory, my associate debate members were totally pensive in a extensive reason by a internal beam Aubrey. Having no inkling of tea processing, their amount courtesy didn’t warn me during all.
I, on a other hand, was rather intrigued by a far-reaching choice of creatively finished tours accessible here. It’s flattering astonishing for a tea plantation, we contingency say.
Travellers currently demonstrate flourishing regard for a sourroundings and wish to play a partial to safety Mother Nature even during their holidays. Sabah Tea Garden has struck a right chord with a far-reaching operation of creatively finished tours that mix an didactic revisit to a tea prolongation factory, nature-based activities, informative elements and charge efforts.
CREATIVE TOUR PACKAGES – TAKE YOUR PICK
Its many sought-after debate package has to be a ‘Sabah Tea Adventure 2 Days 1 Night’, that garnered a initial Tourism Malaysia endowment for Best Tour Programme for Educational Tourism. It is renouned among students and outside enthusiasts as they get to suffer a horde of fun activities that takes them over training about tea.
After checking in to a normal Sabah Tea Longhouse, participants get to conquer barrier crossings during a Sapaon Recreational Area and learn a significance of organization work by organization building games. They also learn how to make a glow and prepare tapioca and honeyed yams.
Other highlights of a debate embody jungle movement during Kamunsu Hill, swimming in cold and primitive towering water, night walk, and a tea bureau tour. Needless to say, a educational programme offers participants a glance of tolerable rural practices and tellurian growth in peace with nature.
Besides this award-winning package, several packages trimming from day outing to 3 day-2 night debate have also been combined to support to opposite organization of visitors such as families, students, inlet lovers, companies and supervision departments, cyclists and aptness enthusiasts.
The Quailey’s Hill Tour, for instance, is targeted during Australians and those who are meddlesome to learn some-more about a World War II Sandakan-Ranau genocide marches and compensate honour to a depressed Australian soldier. The 3 day-2 night Sabah Tea Rainforest Conservation Global Warming Prevention Programme is combined quite for Japanese university students who wish to play a partial in inlet charge efforts. The programme is also open to students from Malaysian schools and universities.
Cycling buffs would substantially be preoccupied by a severe trails, labyrinth in and out of a rainforest and in-between undulating tea bushes. Sabah Tea Garden has hosted several towering bike races such as a Sabah Tea Adventure Race, a 40km racecourse that combines off-road towering biking, jungle-running, barrier march and stream crossings.
Sabah Tea Garden also provides comforts for companies and supervision departments that opt to reason their meetings, seminars or conferences there. A venue amidst tea plantations and rainforest should be some-more moving than a paltry hotel room that routinely draws yawns rather than ideas.
After spending roughly a whole afternoon furloughed a tea plantation, we were sensitive by Aubrey that usually 1,200 acres of a camp land is used for tea cultivation, blurb buildings, and staff housing; a rest, or approximately 5,000 acres, is still really most lonesome with rainforest. It provides home and food for insects that would differently conflict a tea plants. Hence, no synthetic caricature or pepper is combined into a tea and it is 100 per cent insecticide free.
“The use of timberland charge maintains a offset ecology; therefore, there is no need for a use of pesticides,” pronounced Aubrey. Indeed, a change of ecology charge and tea cultivation that is really most emphasised here has proven to be a winning combination.
We were also sensitive that a workers here feed a dirt instead of a tea plants. Different tools of a tea plant are collected to make compost and used as healthy fertiliser. For instance, tea branches from a pruning are left in a margin while rejected tea stalks from a tea prolongation processes in a bureau are recycled behind into a field. Fruit trees are planted to attract birds. Fishing is also taboo solely for a few days in a year in a Morolli and Sapaon rivers that upsurge by a plantation.
Such charge efforts are indeed really most in line with a Government’s end to emanate a purify and healthy environment. In fact, a Ministry of Tourism has launched a 1Malaysia Green, 1Malaysia Clean debate to foster a country’s contentment of healthy beauty as good as to boost recognition on a significance of preserving a environment.
HIGH QUALITY TEA
Sabah Tea is one of a few organic tea plantations in a universe and Borneo’s usually organic tea farm. Being a single-estate plantation, a tea is not blended with those of other plantations. Therefore, peculiarity of a tea can be tranquil to safeguard consistency. Besides giving us a minute reason of tea cultivation, harvesting, processing, packaging, and brewing, Aubrey also showed us a ways to brand reward tea.
Speaking of reward tea, during Sabah Tea Garden, usually choice proposal leaves from a peculiarity Camellia sinensis plants are comparison and used. The whole routine is expertly and meticulously controlled. The camp is approved for organic prolongation and estimate by SKAL International B.V of a Netherlands, an internationally recognized organization that performs inspections and grants acceptance for organic prolongation methods.
Our tea outing finished on a ideal note with a potion of cold tea during a Sabah Tea House. We also had some tea pancakes that were served with honey. Made of dejected tea root extract churned with flour and egg, it is reputedly a must-have for all visitors to Sabah Tea Garden.
With a full stomach, we bade Aubrey and his colleagues during Sabah Tea Garden farewell. We vowed to be behind again to join one of a debate packages. I’ve already set my heart on a ‘Sabah Tea Escapade’ package that comes with a fish massage.
Sabah Tea Sdn. Bhd. (Inquiries Reservation):
Address 1: Lot 83, Lorong Mega, Off Jalan Kilang, Sedco Industrial Estate, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Address 2: P.O.Box 14479, 88851 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MALAYSIA.
Tel: (6088) 440882
Fax: (6088) 423448
Email: [email protected]
Tea Garden: Km17, Jalan Ranau/Sandakan, Kg. Nalapak, 89309, Ranau, Sabah.
Tel: (6088) 879220
Fax: (6088) 879224
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