Kempinski Blog Article
While city breaks, cultural excursions and sports-led vacations all hold a worthy place in our holiday line-ups, there really is something wonderful about visiting the most biologically bountiful locations the world has to offer.
On May 25th, the world celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity, and if you want to experience beautiful, natural places – from cloud forests to steaming jungles – there are a number of destinations you can visit, all of which are relatively close to some of Kempinski's luxury hotels.
Mt. Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia
Located in Malaysia, and a short flight away for guests staying at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Mt. Kinabalu National Park is Malaysia's first World Heritage site. Here, visitors can see 5,000 vascular tropical plants, 90 lowland mammal species and countless species of tropical bird, all of which lie along the densely-forested trails that are open to visitors.
Kahuzi-Biega National Reserve, DR Congo
For those craving lush forests and rare fauna, the Kahuzi-Biega National Reserve, spanning the Albertine Rift and the Congo Basin, is a perfect place to visit. Located in the far east of the country, visitors to the Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa can enjoy this supremely rare lowland forest landscape, a place where, sadly, one of the last groups of eastern lowland gorillas resides, alongside 13 other species of primate and 349 species of bird – 42 of which are native to the region.
The Mountains of Southwest China
Covering an enormous 262,400 km2 area of temperate cloud forest, the Mountains of Southwest China stretch from the Tibetan Plateau to the Central Chinese Plain and feature a staggering variety of ecosystems, from frosty peaks to tropical rivers. In this breath-taking landscape, visitors staying at the Kempinski Hotel Guiyang, Kempinski Hotel Chongqing and Kempinski Hotel Chengdu can see a wide variety of native plant life – particularly rhododendrons – 600 bird species, and mammals including the red panda, giant panda, golden monkey and the elusive yet beautiful snow leopard.
Gunung Leuser National Park, Indonesia
Visitors to the Indonesian island of Sumatra can enjoy one of the most bountiful tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia – the Gunung Leuser National Park. Alongside wild gibbons, elephants, leopards and 10,000 plant species, the national park is home to the last surviving wild populations of orangutan, Sumatran rhino and Sumatran tiger. For those staying at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, the national park is just a plane or boat ride away – a one-of-a-kind region that should definitely be experienced if you have a chance.
Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar
On the border with Thailand, Myanmar's Tanintharyi Region is home to exotic wildlife that includes sambar deer, barking deer, leopard and the Asian elephant. Comprising a variety of national parks and reserves, the area has been almost completely untouched by the humans. To see this tropical forest and mangrove paradise, visitors to the Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw should travel south to the cities of Hpa-an, Mawlamyine or Dawei, the places lying closest to this remote wilderness. If you are curious to see the natural wonders this world has to offer, Kempinski's locations are perfect stepping stones from which to explore. If you would like more information on visiting these beautiful and interesting places, please get in touch.