Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Lipad Waterfall

Lipad Waterfall

To get to Tabin, visitors from Kota Kinabalu are recommended to take the early morning flight, about 50 minutes to reach Lahad Datu. On arrival, guests would be transferred by coach for approximately one and a half hour to reach the destination.

Tabin Wildlife Resort has two types of rooms; River Lodge and Hill Lodge. The rooms are quite spacious and fairly clean. The River Lodge rooms are bigger and located nearer to the main lobby and dining area of Tabin Wildlife Resort compared to the rooms at the Hill Lodge. However, the rooms at Hill Lodge offer more scenic view since it is located on the hill.

Bushy crested hornbill

Bushy crested hornbill

The 3D/2N tour programme would start with a short jungle trekking on the Otter Trail. This requires crossing the canopy over the Lipid River. The tour guide would give commentaries on the plants, wildlife and geographical structure of the visited place. Guests would also be taken to the information gallery at the resort to see a wide variety of displays such as pictures and facts about plants and wildlife.

Other interesting activity in Tabin is to trek to Lipid mud volcano through the muddy terrain. Located nearby, stand a five-storey observatory tower, offering a better view of the place and wildlife. After dinner, a night drive will ensue to search for nocturnal wildlife. Among the animals to spot include the civets, fish owl, macaques, squirrels, a herd of wild boars and a leopard cat.

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Tabin Wildlife Resort

On the next day, tour guide and guests would trek approximately two hours to the Lipad Waterfall, up and down hills, crossing streams and leech infested areas. Taking a dip in the refreshing cool water and treasured the splendid moment there is a must.

Back at the lodge, guests can try the Tabin Herbal Foot Soak at the Eagle’s Nest, one of the resort’s huts used to spot wildlife. Having their tired feet submerged in a hot basin of herbal goodness while doing mud masks therapy is highly recommended. In the late afternoon, the final wildlife drive known as ‘The Dusk Drive” will offer the opportunity for guests to see wildlife such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, macaques,

Dusk Drive

Dusk Drive

civets, leopard cat, fish hawk and flying squirrel.

On the last day, guests would leave Tabin at 2.00pm for departure to Lahad Datu Airport. 

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