Location: Tabin Wildlife Reserve, ex-Sandakan, Sabah Borneo
Price: From MYR 1,895.00
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Discover rare endemic Borneo wildlife and nature in a 3D2N itinerary to visit Sabah’s Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

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

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 Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

One of the highlights of Tabin are 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.

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.

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

Trip Highlights

  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
  • Night Walks.
  • Lipad River & Mud Volcano.
  • Swim in the Lipad Waterfalls.


Day 1

Arriving at Lahad Datu Airport 07:05, you will meet your Tabin Wildlife Reserve representative who will transfer you to the resort. This 1-hour journey will be along gravel roads through the forests of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. When you have arrived, check-in to your timber lodging, which is complete with a private veranda, air-conditioning and hot water shower.
In the afternoon, you will trek for 20 minutes through the jungle with an experienced guide, to visit the Lipad mud volcano. Enjoy the view of the thick forests of Tabin Wildlife Reserve from the observation tower. After dinner at the resort, you will be presented a slide show to learn more about the natural biodiversity found in the reserve. This is then followed by a guided night walk to spot nocturnal wildlife.

Day 2

An early morning walk before breakfast can be arranged, to spot some of Tabin’s 260 bird species! After breakfast at the resort, you will trek to the Lipad Waterfall – bring your swimwear! You can either take a dip in the natural pool, or explore the surrounding vegetation, and relax! After trek back to the resort in the afternoon, you may like to experience the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak to soothe tired and aching muscles.

Day 3

Visit the nearby rock pool after your breakfast, where you can spot various mammals gathering near the water. You are free at your leisure, and you may like to take a dip in the cool waters of the Lipad River. After lunch, you will depart Tabin at 14:30 to journey back to Lahad Datu Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.

  • 3D2N 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.