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Get up-close to native wildlife
See native wildlife in their natural environment
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 1 Meet 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 2 Go 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 3 After 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)
2 nights' accommodation at Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Shared guided tours and activities in Tabin
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Round-trip shared scheduled transfer
Supplement for unscheduled transfers
Flight tickets and airport taxes
Food and drinks, unless specified
Malaysia Tourism Tax (collected and payable directly to hotel)
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Child sharing room with parents will be provided with an extra roll-away bed
The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
Activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organized to best meet the operational situation
Sighting of wildlife is not guaranteed
Single travelers are subject to availability
Maximum occupancy per room is 3 people (either 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child aged 11 years or below)
Please note that for theTriple Share Option: Children must be booked as an adult for the Triple Share option. Same rate applies
Lahad Datu Airport. Transfers available at 8am and 12pm
Based on scheduled transfer, see departure and return details below
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.