Tabin is an enormous dipterocarp rainforest landscape in the eastern part of Sabah, dubbed Malaysian Borneo. It has been declared a wildlife reserve as it is home to a large number of animals, some of which are highly endangered and endemic.
With a protected forest area of 120,500 hectares, Tabin plays an important role as a dedicated ground for the breeding of endangered wildlife and protected mammals in Sabah. The three largest mammals of Sabah: Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhino and Tembadau are found in Tabin. It is also a bird-watcher's paradise with a record of 42 indigenous families representing 220 species of birds.Among them are eight Sabahan hornbill species, blue-headed pitta, wren-babbler, Borneon blue flycatcher and some rarely seen species like the speckled piculet, chestnut-capped thrush and thick-bellied flowerpecker.
Other interesting activities are night safari, visit a muddy volcano and Lipad waterfall.
Where to stay
Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a one-resort park. A small site of the vast park has been allocated as the nerve centre with lodging and other facilities for visitors. Expect nothing but abundant nature. The resort offers authentic Borneo-style timber chalets built within thick forested hill and basic floor-and-roof-only Eco Tented Platforms (ETP).
It is located some 50km to the north-east of Lahad Datu, located on the Dent peninsular. It takes about an hour to get there by foor-wheel drive, with the second half of the journey a shaky ride on gravel roads. Ground transportation is usually pre-arranged with the resort since it is included in the package. Trying to get a taxi or transport to go in will be quite impossible, especially for walk-in guest.
Lahad Datu is in the eastern part of Sabah. You may drive there - six hours from Kota Kinabalu and 2 1/2 hours from Sandakan.