Exploring Sabah Tea Garden in Ranau, Sabah

The Sabah Tea Garden considers itself to be one of the very few organic tea gardens in the world and the only garden in Borneo. A visit to the tea garden is educational as well as enjoyable because visitors can take advantage of the many leisure activities offered there. 

Obstacle-crossing at Sapaon Recreational Area, a night walk to see the unusual insect life, and a walk up the trails to the top of Kamunsu Hill are all worthwhile activities to indulge in.

Sabah Tea Garden, located 2,272 feet above sea level in a pristine rainforest estimated to be 130 million years old, gives visitors a rare visit to the ‘tea forest’ where trees from the rainforest and organically grown tea plants flourish side by side.

The popularity of it as an escape for the weekend has grown over time, especially among families, environment enthusiasts, and students, who may enjoy a variety of exciting activities that go beyond learning about tea. 

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How to Get to Sabah Tea Garden

By Public Transport

Visitors from Kota Kinabalu can take a minibus or taxi from Jalan Padang Bus Station to Ranau. You can make arrangements with the driver for a drop-off in Ranau town, and from there, visitors must hire a private charter car.   

By Car

You can also drive yourself from Kota Kinabalu City, and while you’re already here, you can rent a car from SOCAR! You can organise transportation to Sabah Tea Garden Kundasang for a price as low as RM6 per hour.

Sabah Tea Garden is a 2-hour journey from Kota Kinabalu and about a 20-minute drive from Ranau town. The turnoff to Sabah Tea Garden is well-defined with numerous signboards along the road so don’t worry about missing it!

Sabah Tea Garden Opening Hours

The Sabah Tea Garden opening hours start from 8:00am to 4:30pm. However, do take note that the factory tour is not available on major Public Holidays. 

We’d recommended the visitors to visit the tea garden from 8:00am to 12:00pm as it is the best time for you to fully explore its beauty of it.

Sabah Tea Garden Landscape View
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Sabah Tea Garden Entrance Fee

The Sabah Tea Garden entrance fee is free, but the guided tour will cost you RM14. If you want to add lunch to your guided tour, it will cost you RM44.

Exploring Sabah Tea Garden 

Guided Tour

You can get an overnight guided tour with many tour agencies where you may enjoy the attractions of Sabah’s rainforest and nature, including Kinabalu Park, Mount Kinabalu, Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Walk, and Sabah Tea Garden Ranau! 

Inhale fresh highlands air, fly through the rainforest canopy walk trail and take in the stunning sight of rolling green hills distant from the rush and bustle of city life. The tour usually includes an overnight stay as well as a tour of Sabah’s first organic tea garden!

The cost for a guided tour usually ranges from RM700 to RM900, depending on which tour agency you went with.


If you want to go on your own adventure, you can book a tour of the plantation as well as the surrounding rainforest and river valleys through the garden here. Overnight packages start at RM140 for a room and RM280 for a cottage. In addition, the cost of camping is RM30 per person. 

You can engage in activities like hiking through the jungle at Kamunsu Hill, bathing in the clear, refreshing mountain water, taking a moonlight walk, and visiting the tea factory. 

It can get pretty chilly at night so make sure to bring yourself a cosy sweater. Also, do take as many shots as you want once you’re there because your front view will be a faraway panorama of the majestic Mount Kinabalu.

Drive with SOCAR

Locals and visitors alike should visit the magnificent Sabah Tea Garden. You’ll love the beautiful green scenery with a breath of fresh air.

With SOCAR, you can book transportation to Sabah Tea Garden Ranau! Every day, you can commute to wherever you want for as low as RM6 per hour. 

Using the SOCAR rental app to rent a car hourly, daily, weekly, or even monthly is a simple way to have flexible connections around Malaysia. Book a car with us today!

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