Tabin Wildlife Reserve is home to an exceptional array of Borneo’s rare and endangered species, including the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Clouded Leopards, Bornean Sun Bear, Orangutan, Tembadau (Banteng), and about 42 indigenous families representing more than 300 species of jewel-bright birdlife. One of the highlights of Tabin is the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, attracting frequent visits by wildlife for their mineral intake and present an ideal platform for wildlife observation and bird watching. Here, you’ll get a taste of nature like nowhere else.
Visit mud volcano and waterfall
Experience the wilderness of Borneo
Best location for wildlife photography and birdwatching
View wildlife in its natural habitat
Lahad Datu is located in the East coast of Sabah, a town surrounded with cocoa and palm oil plantations. Besides that, it is also a valuable timber exporting port and the city even has its own airport for domestic flights.
Tabin Wildlife Resort
KM 49, Jalan Tungku, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
You will be picked up in the east coast town of Lahad Datu Airport and transferred by road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Upon arrival guide briefing and check in to your room, which comes complete with private balcony, air conditioner, ceiling fan and hot water shower. Nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad River. Visit the Trogon Hall gallery and briefing on birds, insects and animals.
In the afternoon, visit the active Lipad Mud Volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion.
After dinner, enjoy a video presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.
Join the early morning bird walk at 6.30am. After breakfast, drive to the core area and trek to 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 evening, join the dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal wildlife & birds coming out to look for food during this time of the day.
After dinner, go for a night walk along the trail nearby the resort in search of sleeping birds, frog and nocturnal wildlife.
Breakfast, Mud certificate presentation and free time until check out. Check out from Tabin at 1.30pm.
End of Tour
The reserve only offers one accommodation option operated by Tabin Wildlife Resort. There are ten units of River Lodges and ten units of Hill Lodges, each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom, hot water shower, ceiling fan, and a private balcony overlooking Lipad river or the hillside forest. Lucky visitors will be able to wake up to the sounds of gibbons or honking hornbills with their magnificent casques.
Day 1: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast and Lunch
Meals at stated
Scheduled return transfer (Lahad Datu/Tabin Resort/Lahad Datu)
Arrival by flights
You can fly to Lahad Datu Airport (LDU) direct from Kota Kinabalu.
Arrival by land
You can travel to Lahad Datu by express bus from Kota Kinabalu (approx. 7 hours), Semporna (approx. 2 hours), Sandakan (approx. 4 hours), and Tawau (approx. 4 hours).
In lieu of the Covid-19 pandemic, you can opt to postpone your trip once it is safe to travel again. Kindly contact the property owner for more information.
Tabin Wildlife Holidays Sdn Bhd operates on the East & West coasts of Sabah as Malaysia’s Best Eco Nature and Adventure Tour and Resort Operator. They are a committed and inspiring team who exceed clients’ satisfaction & expectation in hospitality services, professionalism and innovation. Dedicated in making each and every tour and stay in Sabah a truly unique and memorable Malaysia experience in an eco-friendly manner.
What to bring:
Comfortable trekking shoes
Long sleeve shirts
*Leech socks are available for sale at the resort’s shop.