Location: Tabin Wildlife Reserve Sabah Borneo
Price: From MYR 3,250.00
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Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a bird-watcher’s paradise as the area attracts an amazingly rich diversity of birds. The relatively low canopy with ample natural light, makes birding and photography a delightful experience.

Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Lahad Datu (LDU) Malaysian Airlines MH3010 0610 hrs 0705 hrs
Lahad Datu (LDU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Malaysian Airlines MH3023 1730 hrs 1825 hrs

Note Only Malaysia Airlines (MAS) fly to Lahad Datu. Travelling from Kuala Lumpur requires a transit in KK, so it’s advised to stay 1 night in KK before flying the next morning on the flight details above.

Ex-Lahad Datu Tabin Wildlife Reserve offers something for every nature lover. Therefore we offer trips geared towards peoples interest whether thats nature trails, birding or special interest treks. Created in the year 1984, Tabin has been declared a Wildlife Reserve primarily on account of the large number of animals inhabiting its forests, some of which are highly endangered. The three largest mammals of Sabah, namely Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau are all found within the reserve; nine species of primate are present, as well as three species of cats all of which are on the protected wildlife list.

About 42 indigenous families of bird representing more than 260 bird species have been recorded in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, including all 8 of Sabah’s Hornbill species. The Black Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, White-crowned Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Bushy-crested Hornbill and Helmeted Hornbill.

Other sought-after species, such as the Blue-headed Pitta, Black-and-crimson Pitta, Malaysian Blue Flycatcher, Temminck’s Sunbird, Purple-throated Sunbird, Everett’s White-eye, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker abound. Rarely seen species such as Storm’s Stork, Jambu Fruit Dove, Large Green Pigeon, White-fronted Falconet, Great-billed Heron and Giant Pitta have all been sighted in Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

We offer a 3D2N and 4D3N stays at Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Trip Highlights

  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
  • Night Walks.
  • Lipad River & Mud Volcano.
  • Tomanggong Trail.


Day 1

Arriving at Lahad Datu Airport at 07:05, you will meet your Tabin Wildlife Reserve representative who will transfer you to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. This journey will be travelled along gravel roads for approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival, check-in to your charming timber lodge at the resort.
You are free at your leisure to explore the resorts’ private veranda and the surrounding vicinity. You may spot a Black-backed Kingfisher or Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker in the rainforest canopy as you sip your coffee from a comfortable vantage point on the open plan seating area of the resort!
After dinner, a slide presentation will be given to educate on Tabin’s natural wonders before a guided night walk in search of nocturnal wildlife, such as the Nightjar or Brown Wood-owl, or even the rare Bornean clouded leopard!

Day 2

In the early morning, after a simple breakfast, depart to the active Lipad mud volcano with a packed lunch. The jungle-trekking to get to the Lipad mud volcano will take approximately 20 minutes. The area is an elevated, soccer field-sized area, where animal footprints can be seen and identified. Try applying it to your skin if you like – it is known to have mineral properties responsible for a fine complexion. Climb the observation tower to view the contrasting landscape of the Danum Valley hills. Again, after dinner, a guided night walk is scheduled to spot nocturnal animals in the rainforest surrounding the resort.

Day 3

Early breakfast is served before departing for birding at the Core Area of Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
You will be able to hear the calls of various bird species and Bornean Gibbons during the early morning walk. Enjoy a picnic lunch set up to overlook the river or the valley, and afterwards trek along the Tomanggong Trail to spot rare birds, such as the Giant Pitta, White-fronted Falconet, Long-tailed Parakeet and Orange-backed Woodpecker.

Day 4

After your breakfast, you are free at your leisure, in which time you may like to either relax in the Sunbird Cafe, where birds can be spotted in the surrounding garden, or you may walk along the riverside bird hide in search for more bird species. After an early lunch, you will depart Tabin Wildlife Reserve at 14:30 for your journey back to Lahad Datu Airport – in time for your flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

  • 4D3N full board, Accommodation based on ‘Run of House Basis’, Scheduled return transfer between Lahad Datu and Tabin Wildlife Reserve (shared/non-private), English-speaking guide for all activities, Free flow tea/coffee, water, refreshments.
  • Airfares, Alcohol and carbonated drinks, Other items not explicitly stated.
  • Binoculars, Spottingscope (if available), Camera, Swimwear, Water bottle, Leech socks, Insect repellent, Torchlight, Sunscreen, Raincoat or poncho, Comfortable trekking shoes, Hat.


Important Information

Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety. Wildlife cannot be predicated nor guaranteed because it is a spontaneous chance to spot any in their natural rainforest habitat.