Tabin was declared a Wildlife Reserve in 1984 largely on account of it’s large animal population, some of which are highly endangered.

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Sabah’s 3 largest mammals, Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau (wild cattle), are all found in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. There are also 9 primate species and 3 cat species, all of which are on the protected wildlife list.

42 bird families representing 220 species have been also recorded in Tabain Wildlife Reserve.

One of the highlights of Tabin is the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, which frequently attracts wildlife looking for mineral supplements. Most of the reserve is covered mainly with lowland dipterocarp forest.

[singlepic id=1028 w=320 h=240 float=right]The reserve comprises a rectangular area of approximately 122,539 hectare in the centre of the Dent Peninsula, north-east of Lahad Datu town, south of the lower reaches of the Segama River and north of the Silabukan Forest Reserve.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a popular location from where to observe the rich bio-diversity of Sabah and part-take in nature activities, like jungle-trekking, night safari, night walks, wildlife spotting, bird watching and rainforest education.

During your 3 Day 2 Night Wildlife & Nature Package in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, you can expect the following

Day 1

Arrive at Lahad Datu Airport at 07:55 and meet your Tabin Wildlife Reserve representative. You will travel from Lahad Datu to Tabin Wildlife Reserve via gravel road; about a 1 hour drive.

Check into a your timber lodging at Tabin Wildlife Resort. The lodge is complete with private veranda and hot water shower.

Nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad river, the setting is home to a variety of birds, insects and small mammals, even right beside the buildings of the resort.

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Discover a 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 a 20-minute forest trek, arrive at the elevated area of the mud volcano. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here.

Climb the observation tower to admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano and surrounding thick forest.

After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night walk to look for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin to enjoy the vividly bright Milky Way. (L,D)

Day 2

You 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 green rainforest 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.

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In the afternoon you may try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak, made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks. (B,L,D)

Day 3

After breakfast, stroll to the nearby rock pool or river side where groups of macaques and other small mammals can sometimes be seen. Take a dip in the river or listen to the sound of nature before saying good bye to Tabin.

Enjoy an early lunch before departing Tabin at 14:30 for the journey back to Lahad Datu Airport. (B, L)

Package includes

Accommodation based on Run of House Basis, Scheduled return transfer Lahad Datu/Tabin/Lahad Datu based on shared (non-private), meals as stated, guided programs and activities.

The wildlife at Tabin Nature Reserve are just that; wild. It can therefore be neither predicated nor guaranteed.


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Lahad Datu-Tabin: 08:30 & 12:00
Tabin-Lahad Datu: 14:30

RM 70.00 per person per way (min. 2 persons)

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  1. Activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situation.
  2. Price quoted above is based on minimum 2 persons booking and are valid from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2015.

What to bring

Binoculars, spottingscope (if available), insect repellent, long sleeve shirts & long pants, raincoat, sun hat, swim wear, comfortable trekking shoes, leech socks torch light, water bottle & personal toiletries.