Tabin Wildlife Reserve – Ideal for Wildlife Observation and Bird-Watching

Itinerary for 2D/1N Tabin Wildlife Reserve (Ex-Lahad Datu)

Day 1: Arrival Tabin Wildlife Resort / Lipad Mud Volcano

  • Pick up at the airport or hotel in Lahad Datu and transferred by road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve (~1:30 hrs).

  • Check into an attractive timber lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad river.

  • The resort comes complete with private balcony, ceiling fan and hot water shower, a rather welcome luxury in the forest.

  • This lovely setting is home to a surprising variety of birds, insects and also small mammals, even right beside the buildings of the resort.

  • Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments.

  • In the afternoon, visit the Lipad mud volcano which serves a mineral salt lick for wildlife, including birds.

  • After trekking through the rainforest for about 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano commonly frequented by wildlife and birds.

  • Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here – maybe mouse deer, pigs and some elephant prints which are easy to spot.

  • The area attracts the local wildlife due to the minerals they get in this mud volcano.
  • In addition, climb the observation tower, which is about 20 metres high.

  • Admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano and its surrounding thick forest, where birds are rather commonly sighted.

  • Finally, return to the resort.
  • After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders.

  • This is follow by a night trip to look out for nocturnal wildlife and also birds.

  • Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellations above you and make a wish or two.

  • Overnight at Tabin Wildlife Resort.

(Lunch & Dinner)

Day 2: Lipad Waterfall / Departure

  • Join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of almost 300 bird species.
  • After breakfast, trek to Lipad Waterfall while hiking through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species.
  • Take a dip in the natural pool.
  • Enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall.
  • Alternatively, explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax.
  • Depart Tabin Wildlife Resort to Lahad Datu airport/town.
  • End of Tour.

(Breakfast and Lunch)

NOTE: Activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situations.

Package includes: Scheduled return transfer Lahad Datu/Tabin/Lahad Datu, accommodation, meals as stated, guided tours and activities.

Insect repellent, long sleeve shirts & long pants, raincoat, sun hat, swim wear, comfortable trekking shoes, torch light, water bottle & personal toiletries. Leech socks are available for sale at the resort’s shop.

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