We live in a peaceful country of no war and no big natural disaster, work in company that ran by no risk-takers, normal is the norm. That’s why I think KK Adventure Park is a good place to unleash our adventurous spirit and challenge ourselves. Instead of being scared by the high ropes and great height, players learn to overcome their fear and know that they are better than they think. And it is also a fun and safe way to experience something extreme and thrilling.
This park is in Kinarut, about 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city. On the new road to Papar town, pay attention to your right after you passby Outward Bound School, you will see its entrance sign within a minute. I was there to take pictures of their 1st Krazy Ken’s Team Challenge competition. There were 5 teams to compete in four events, namely, (1) Wall Climbing, (2) High Ropes Challenge, (3) Flying Fox, and (4) Kayaks. The team who takes the shortest overall time to complete them will be the winner.
Though the setting looks like the stunt in Fear Factor, it is safe (they concern more than you) and you don’t need to buy insurance before trying them. Whatever, any kind of sport carries risk, so just be careful. There are no other Sabah places where you can try all these. What I post here is just part of their activities. Next time I will introduce their quad bike and bungee trampoline, which are more exciting, after I organise a trip there and take more photos + videos.
There were short briefing, warm-up and ice-breaker exercises before the competing teams started the first challenge. The tower for wall climbing is 30-feet high and has 3 sides, with varied difficult levels. They used the tough one. Frankly, I don’t think I can make it to the top, it just looks so difficult. Don’t worry if the photos here are not big and clear. You can see these photos in high quality, with description, in the photo gallery. I love the coconut tree background, which adds a “tropical” feel to the adventure.
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The second challenge is the high rope course, looks easier but scarier than wall climbing. The players have to cross to other side in 4 different rope settings, which always swing left and right, bounce up and down, 25 feet above the ground. The last setting is really hard and take the most time, coz the supporting ropes at both sides of the climber are not aligned at the same level (i.e. one high one low). I was impressed that none of them fell.
Third challenge, Flying Fox. Each player will slide to the end of a 137 Meter cable by gravity force, until they hit a coconut tree (just kidding. They have brake system). To score point, they need to throw 3 rings to the marked poles on the ground, near the end. For every ring that circles the pole, they will earn 1 point. Look simple huh. The fact is – due to speed acceleration, the player will move in very high speed and have at most 3 seconds to do the job. In most cases, they will miss it totally. The starting point of Flying Fox is 40-feet high. I requested to go up to take some pictures. My legs were shivering when I climbed the ladder. I also recorded a 40-second video clip (Windows Media Format, 1.4MB) of the flying fox game. You can Click Here to watch the video clip.
The last team challenge is kayaking. There is a beach behind the park. It was fun to see their kayak capsized or pushed back by the tide. While waiting for the final result, they also have a bonus round: “fishing” the rings with a fixed rod on the beach buggy (pardon my poor English. Don’t know how to name the game). Hmmm… maybe next time I can have a date at the park. But renting beach buggy (2 seats) is expensive, RM60 for 15 minutes only. You will $ave a lot if you take their RM99 package (about USD33), which allows you to try Buggy Ride, Bungee Trampoline, Wall Climbing, Flying Fox and High Ropes (Total value: RM260).
Photos taken in Kinarut, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo