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Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Borneo

Tabin Wildlife Resort is tucked away in the rainforest in Sabah, Borneo. Home to a plethora of wildlife species, it is a paradise for nature lovers. The resort offers a variety of activities, from game drives to hiking through the rainforest.

At a Glance

  • Just 20 lodges make up this intimate resort

  • Located in the heart of the rainforest in eastern Sabah

  • Spot pygmy elephants here, famous in Borneo

  • Each lodge has its own private balcony, perfect for watching the surrounding wildlife

  • Sunbird serves up a mix of local and western cuisine

Wildlife, Adventure, Family

Insider's View

Hike up to the Lipad Mud Volcano and give yourself a mud face mask - it is apparently great for the skin and the guides swear by its anti-aging properties!

Victoria Reynolds

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Tabin Wildlife Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo


Located along the Lipad River, with an abundance of wildlife and beautiful surroundings, Tabin Wildlife Resort offers a fantastic base for intrepid travelers who would still like a bit of comfort.  

There are just 20 lodges, 10 of which overlook the river and 10 which sit perched on a steep hillside. Each lodge has air-conditioning and fans to keep you cool, as well as a private balcony. Each lodge also has an en-suite bathroom with hot water showers. Dining at the resort is in a large open plan canteen, and all meals are served buffet style.

It is important to bear in mind that the facilities and accommodation here are basic, but what it is lacking in style it makes up for with the wealth of wildlife and extensive nature spotting activities. The experiences at Tabin are what makes it really special. There are game drives, bird watching walks and several hikes, including one up to the nearby Lipad Mud Volcano and another to a nearby waterfall.


As the focus of stays at Tabin Wildlife Resort is to enjoy the wonderful rainforest and river experiences, the hotel facilities are rather limited. However there is a restaurant which serves buffet-style meals.  


The plethora of wonderful activities are a real highlight at Tabin Wildlife Resort. One of the more uniques experiences is a trek to the Lipad Mud Volcano. There are good wildlife spotting opportunities here, and the mud is said to do wonders for the complexion! There is also a trek to a nearby waterfall, where you can take a refreshing dip in the pool. There are a number of game drives and nature walks, where you can try and spot some of the amazing wildlife in the reserve, including around 300 bird species, gibbons, orangutans and pygmy elephants.  


Location & Directions

Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Borneo

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is located in the eastern part of Sabah, Borneo.

When to go

Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Tabin Wildlife Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo

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