Welcome to Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Mammals that you'd be very lucky to see include the shy clouded leopard, tarsier, slow loris and porcupine. Sadly you're unlikely to see the Sumatran rhino; the only two remaining specimens are kept away from visitors. Birdlife is particularly abundant, with a staggering 253 species recorded here, including all eight of the hornbill family, from rhino through to helmeted, and some naturalists come for the frogs and toads alone: the nocturnal croaking chorus consists of 71 species.

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$612.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Adventure in Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin was declared a wildlife reserve because of the large number of animal species inhabiting its forest, including several which are highly endangered. With a protected forest area of 120,500ha, Tabin plays an important role as a dedicated ground for the breeding of Sabah’s endangered wildlife and protected mammals. The three largest mammals of Sabah, namely Borneo pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros and banteng (Bos javanicus) are all found within Tabin. Here, you'll get a taste of nature like nowhere else. It’s no wonder that Tabin has been heralded as the finest wildlife viewing area in Borneo.Day 1Meet at Lahad Datu Airport. Proceed overland for a 1.5-hour journey from Lahad Datu along a gravel road that will take you to Tabin Wildlife Reserve where you will check into a charming timber bungalow, which comes complete with a private balcony and hot water shower, a real luxury in the forest. Built alongside the Lipad River and nestled within the rainforest, a variety of birds, insects and even small mammals can be sighted quite easily from the resort. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments. In the afternoon, visit the Lipad mud volcano, which serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the jungle for twenty minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano. Those adventurous can experiment the effect of the volcanic mud said to be responsible for fine complexion. Walk up the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare area and its surrounding thick forest where birds are commonly sighted. After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s uniqueness followed by a trip to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds, communing with nature in the dark and dense expanse of the forest beneath the star-studded sky. (Meals: L, D)Day 2Go for a morning bird walk. This will be an unforgettable walk as Tabin has a rich collection of around 300 species of birds. After breakfast, trek through the lush green jungle known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species. Visit Lipad’s Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy the refreshing splash coming down from the waterfall. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. In the afternoon, we suggest for you to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a secret blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks. (Meals: B, L, D)Day 3After breakfast, go along with the flow of forest life whether it be strolling along the riverside to spot macaques and small mammals or swimming at the nearby rock pool or in the river before bidding the enchanting and captivating Tabin an unforgettable farewell. Overland transfer back to Lahad Datu. (Meals: B, L)


Wonders of Borneo

Bored of simply watching wildlife on your TV? Why not take a trip to Borneo to get up close and personal with the animals yourself? This trip is the perfect introduction to Borneo for those who have never been, and even those who have experienced Borneo before will surely spot some new sights. You'll go from exploring rainforest environments and soaking in hot springs to the rush of vibrant Kota Kinabalu, staying in comfortable accommodations along the way. There's a ton to see and do on this trip, and you can look forward to finishing off your adventure with some much deserved relaxation on a tropical beach...perfection.

$2799.20 National Geographic Journeys

Best of Borneo

Connect with your inner animal on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus; encounter the orangutans of Sepilok; set off on a river cruise in search of elusive Bornean pygmy elephants; and discover the Lipad mud volcano, a mineral salt lick for local wildlife.

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