Tabin was declared Wildlife Reserve because of the large numbers of wildlife and birds inhabiting its jungle, many of which are endemic and endangered species. The three largest land mammals of Sabah: The Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhino and Tembadau are found within Tabin. It is no wonder that Tabin is heralded as one of the finest wildlife viewing area in Sabah.
DAY 1 (L/D)
TraTransfer from Lahad Datu to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on gravel road. Journey to this largest wildlife reserve takes about 1 hour. Upon arrival, register and check into the charming Borneon timber bungalow of Tabin Wildlife Resort which comes complete with private balcony, air-condition and hot water shower, a real luxury within the jungle. Enjoy the splendour of mother- nature and explore the vicinity of the resort. Built alongside the Lipad river and nestled within the rainforest, a variety of birds, insects and even small mammals can be sighted quite easily within the resort.
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, you will find yourself e at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano known to be frequented by deer, bearded pigs, elephants and birds. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. Those who are 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 mud volcano 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. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellations above you, and make a wish or two.
DAY 2 (B/L/D)
You may opt to join the early morning bird walk (not included in package) as Tabin has a rich collection of about 300 bird species. After breakfast, trek through the lush green jungle known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to 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.
DAY 3 (B)
After 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.
- Scheduled return transfer Lahad Datu/Tabin/Lahad Datu
- Meals as stated
- Guided tours and activities
- Entry permit
Things to bring/wear: Insect repellent, leech socks, long sleeve shirts and long pants, short pants, raincoat, sun hat, swim wear, comfortable trekking shoes (two pairs needed), slippers, torch light, water bottle & personal toiletries.