Holidays to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Borneo

The nearest town to Tabin Wildlife Reserve is Lahad Datu. From there, it’s a little over an hour by road to reach the Reserve. As the name suggests, it’s all about the animals here. The Reserve was created in 1984 to preserve Sabah's disappearing wild animals and their habitats,  and frankly, it’s done a pretty good job.

The largest mammals of Sabah are found within the reserve, including the Borneo Pygmy Elephant and Tembadau (wild cattle, in case you were wondering). Then there are gibbons, red-leaf monkeys, macaques and the rare clouded leopard (if you’re lucky). Rescued orangutans from Sepilok are released here so you stand a pretty good chance of spotting one of these captivating creatures too. Avid birdwatchers will be happy to know that all eight species of Borneo's hornbills have been sighted here, alongside Tabin’s other 260 bird species.

There’s a choice of jungle trails to hike, depending on your level of fitness and how far you want to journey into the rainforest. Just make sure you choose one that will take you past one of the mud volcanoes. These are one of Tabin's most important features are they serve as mineral salt licks for wildlife and birds, and Tabin’s large mammals including bearded pigs. The viewing platforms dotted around the mud volcanoes will give you a great view of the wildlife feasting below.

Another highlight of Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the Lipad Waterfall. It’s about three kilometres away from the base camp. You’ll hike through forest and mud to reach the cascade of water. It’s particularly pretty during the rainy season when the high volume of water creates a second stream. A cooling swim in the pool makes it worth the effort of the hour and a half trek to get there.

Tabin’s lowland rainforest also supports a huge number of tropical plants, some of which are medicinal and therapeutic. Tabin’s jungle herbs have been used for generations by local people for the treatment of ailments.


  • See Borneo’s most famous animals including pygmy elephants and bearded pigs

  • Various jungle trails

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Tabin Wildlife Reserve trip ideas

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Places to stay in Tabin Wildlife Reserve

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When to go to Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve can see heavy rain throughout the year but it's more likely during December and January. If you don't mind getting wet, visiting the lush jungles when it's quieter is a great experience with wildlife in abundance.