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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Tabin Wildlife Reserve activities

$685.87 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3D2N TABIN WILDLIFE OBSERVATION 'N' NATURE

Lahad Datu/ Tabin Wildlife Reserve/ Lipad Mud Volcano TrekkingYou will be picked up in the east coast town of Lahad Datu and transferred by road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve (1:30 hrs). Check into an attractive timber lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, which comes complete with private balcony, ceiling fan and hot water shower, a welcome luxury in the forest. Nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad River, this lovely setting is home to a surprising variety of birds, insects and small mammals, even right beside the buildings of 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 provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the rainforest for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano and its surrounding thick forest, where birds are commonly sighted.After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a trip to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellations above you and make a wish or two. Lipad WaterfallYou may opt to join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of almost 300 bird species. After breakfast, trek through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to visit Lipad Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax.In the afternoon you may wish to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks.Tabin Rock Pool/ Lahad DatuAfter breakfast, stroll to the nearby rock pool or river side where groups of macaques and other small mammals can sometimes be seen. Choose to take a dip in the river or simply listen to the sound of nature before saying good bye to Tabin.

$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)

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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.

$3599 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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