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Bukit Durian: Exploring Sabah's Tropical Paradise and Fruit Bounty

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DISCOVERING THE BOUNTY OF BUKIT DURIAN: A TROPICAL ADVENTURE IN KENINGAU, SABAH

When it comes to breathtaking natural beauty and fruit orchards, Sabah never fails to amaze. On the 7th of September 2023, our adventure-seeking group embarked on an unforgettable journey to Bukit Durian, nestled just a short 20-minute drive from the heart of Keningau town. This verdant haven promised an array of fruity treasures and the chance to connect with nature like never before.

 

The Journey Begins: 4x4 Excursion or Hiking

One of the exciting aspects of visiting Bukit Durian is the choice of how you reach this tropical paradise. Adventure enthusiasts can opt for an exhilarating 4x4 vehicle ride that adds an extra layer of thrill to the experience. Alternatively, if you're inclined toward a more leisurely and eco-friendly adventure, hiking is a fantastic option. Whichever you choose, the journey through the lush Sabah countryside is an adventure in itself.

 

A Warm Welcome by Mr. Freddy Yapp

Upon reaching Bukit Durian, we were greeted by the charismatic owner, Mr. Freddy Yapp, whose passion for his orchard and its bountiful offerings was immediately apparent. Mr. Yapp, an experience figure in tropical fruit cultivation, kindly offered to be our guide for the day. This personalized touch added a special element to our visit, as we had the privilege of learning about Bukit Durian from the very person who nurtured it.

 

A Paradise of Fruits

Bukit Durian boasts an incredible variety of tropical fruits that are a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. As we strolled through the orchard, we encountered towering durian trees, lush avocado groves, massive jackfruit trees, and the vibrant hues of passion fruit vines. It was a sensory delight to witness these fruits in their natural habitat.

 

Durian Varieties: A Taste of Heaven

A highlight of our visit was undoubtedly the opportunity to taste some of the finest durian varieties that Bukit Durian has to offer. Mr. Yapp introduced us to the legendary Musang King, famous for its rich and creamy flesh. We also savored the Tekka and D24 varieties, each with its unique flavor profile and texture. It was an experience that left our taste buds tingling with delight.

 

Specialty Plantations: Musang King and Blackthorn

Bukit Durian is renowned for its specialized plantations of Musang King durians and Blackthorn durians. These prized varieties are cultivated with meticulous care, resulting in fruit of exceptional quality. Learning about the intricacies of durian cultivation from Mr. Yapp was both educational and inspiring.

 

A Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture

One of the standout features of Bukit Durian is its commitment to sustainable agriculture. The orchard utilizes a soil conditioner with high organic matter content to improve and maintain soil fertility. This environmentally conscious approach not only ensures the health of the fruit trees but also contributes to the overall well-being of the ecosystem.

 

Supporting the Community

In addition to fruit production, Bukit Durian also plays a crucial role in the community. The orchard sells durian and avocado seedlings, providing an additional source of income for local residents. This initiative contributes to the economic growth of the region and underscores Bukit Durian's dedication to community welfare.

 

A Memorable Journey to Remember

Our visit to Bukit Durian in Keningau, Sabah, on September 7, 2023, was nothing short of extraordinary. From the lush landscapes and diverse fruit offerings to the gracious hospitality of Mr. Freddy Yapp, every moment was memorable. We left with a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of Sabah's natural beauty and the dedication of individuals like Mr. Yapp who bring these wonders to life. Bukit Durian is undoubtedly a must-visit destination for any nature lover, fruit enthusiast, or adventure seeker passing through the enchanting landscapes of Keningau, Sabah.

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