Discover Tabin Wildlife Reserve - Kota Kinabalu
If you're truly passionate about animals and their conservation for future generations to enjoy, you will surely enjoy a trip to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Truly, Trip Guru cannot recommend this reserve enough. It was created in 1984 to preserve the wild animals and the habitat of Sabah, and it’s done a marvelous job. If you enjoy appreciating animals in their natural environment, you'll love this Wildlife Reserve.
In this private eco-resort, you can freely reconnect with nature and explore the vast jungle with knowledgeable guides, ready to point out interesting facts about the flora and fauna of the area and to educate you on any and all the animals you may see during your stay. During the hikes and cool evening drives, this gives you ample opportunities to see wild boar, orangutans, monkeys, birds and if you're very lucky, the rare clouded leopard may appear. It’s not unusual to go on a nighttime safari and see large leopards resting on the side of the road. It's very unique as you can get accommodations within the reserve, where you can wake up surrounded by the verdant forests and the lively cacophony of the animals and birds that inhabit it.
Another area you may be interested in is the hike to the Lipad Mud Volcano. The mud from that volcano is believed to be rich in minerals and good for the complexion, and there is an observation tower where you can view mischief-making monkeys and the gentle pygmy elephants. Meanwhile, for the early birds, you can also opt for a bird-watching tour. This tour has you climbing into a truck and quietly observing the colorful hornbills and other varieties of birds in Tabin. There is also a waterfall available and a natural pool where you can emerge, feeling refreshed and ready for the next great adventure.
To get to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve from Kota Kinabalu, you'll have to take a short plane ride to Lahad Datu. From Lahad Datu, a 1 hour and fifteen minute drive will take you to Tabin. The roads from there are dirt and partially gravel roads, and you can see some palm plantations on the way there.