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Borneo Birding Tour, Sabah, Malaysia - 3 Days

Borneo Birding Tour, Sabah, Malaysia
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Borneo Birdwatching Tour, Malaysia

This 3-day Borneo Birding Tour is a leisurely-paced trip available on request and centred at the lowland dipterocarp rainforest of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, where you can expect to see up to 300 species of birds.

Tabin is home to an amazingly rich diversity of  avian wildlife, including rare and endemic species, due to the abundance of food plants. The relatively low canopy allows sufficient natural light to make bird viewing and photography a rewarding experience.

During this Borneo birding tour, you can expect to encounter endemic species such as the White-crowned Shama, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Dusky Munia, Bornean Wren-babbler and Black, Crimson and Blue-headed Pittas. Rare species like the Speckled Piculet, Chestnut-capped Thrush, Sinch’s Bulbul and Strom's Stork have all been recorded. The reserve is also home to the eight Hornbill species of Borneo, which are easily identified by their loud whooping sound when flapping wings, including the majestic Rhinoceros Hornbill, the national bird of Malaysia. Your guides will organise special dusk and night excursions to explore the nocturnal activities of birds in the forest.

This Borneo birding tour give you time to explore Tabin’s high concentration of mineral-rich mud volcanoes and salt springs. Serving as ‘salt-licks’ to ingest essential minerals, the mud volcanoes are frequented by wildlife and birds as shown by the sheer number of animal tracks found here daily. Similarly, the Lipad river and nearby waterfall attract a huge amount of wildlife.

A large number of tropical plants thrive in the region, some known for their medicinal and therapeutic properties. Wild orchids, lianas, jungle vines, towering strangler figs and rare ferns are amongst the interesting collections of rainforest vegetation. Flowers and fruits in the rainforest often carry an exotic contrast of colours with unique shapes and scents to attracts birds and insects to maximise pollination.

Aside from the abundant bird population on this Borneo birding tour, Tabin has a healthy population of more than 70 mammal species, including Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Orang-utans, Clouded Leopards, Bearded Pigs, Red Leaf Monkeys, Pigtail and Long-tail Macaques, Binturongs and herds of deer. You'll also find many rare reptiles, amphibians and insects

Following your Borneo birding tour you can look forward to returning to one of our charming timber lodges and enjoy the exotic sounds of the rainforest, the soothing flow of the river, the cool rhythms of waterfalls and the gentle caress of the breeze in Tabin.

Borneo Birding Tour highlights include:

  • The opportunity to see up to 300 species of bird, many of them endemic to Borneo and Sabah
  • Trekking to the active mud volcanoes, which provide an essential mineral source for wildlife, and to the Lipad river and waterfall
  • Special dusk and night birding safaris to look out for nocturnal wildlife
  • Expert advice on the best times and locations to see specific species on your list

Like the look of this tour, but would like to bird for a bit longer? Check out our 4-day Borneo Birdwatching Tour

Alternative Tour Name: 3D2N Birding @ Tabin
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival | Trek along the Tomanggong Road

Drive from Lahad Datu town to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on gravel road for about one and a half hour. Check into the lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, nestled within the rainforest. The lodge comes complete with private veranda, air conditioner, ceiling fan and hot water shower in the forest.  Explore the vicinity of the resort and be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of bird life.  The open-sided Sunbird Café & Hunter’s place is surrounded by greenery and flowering plants which attract a number of brightly coloured birds. Be entertained by the melodious calls of birds nearby. A bird hide facing the flowing Lipad River is available.

In the afternoon, trek along the Tomanggong Road where you will most likely be able to spot one or more of Borneo’s eight species of hornbill such as the Black, White-crowned, Rhinoceros, Wreathed, Oriental Pied, Bushy Crested, Helmeted and Wrinkled Hornbill either flying in groups across the sky or in pairs perching on bare branches.

After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellation above you and make a wish or two. (

Day 2
Day 2 - Mud Volcano and more

After an early breakfast, depart for the active Lipad mud volcano. The soccer field-sized Lipad Mud Volcano serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the rainforest for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds.  A nearby fig-tree is a busy feasting place for hornbills and other birds and primates during the fruiting season. Across from the observation tower, bare branches of towering trees are favourite perching place for Green Imperial Pigeons and Doves. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion.

In the afternoon, try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks.

In the evening, join the dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal bird coming out to look for food during this time of the day.

After dinner, go for a night walk to discover more nocturnal bird species in the nearby trails in search of sleeping birds. (B/L/D)

Day 3
Day 3 - Last Day

After an early breakfast, you will depart for birding along the road leading to the Core Area of Tabin Wildlife Reserve. The fully regenerated secondary forest with its relatively lower canopy and good natural light provides a delightful birding experience. The incredible rich forests also offer good mammal watching opportunities. Lunch and then depart from Tabin Wildlife Resort. (B/L)

Wildlife species expected to see:

Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Black Partridge, Crested Fireback, Great Argus, Wandering Whistling Duck, Storm’s Stork, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Little Egret, Great-billed Heron, Purple Heron, Oriental Darter, White-fronted Falcone, Peregrine Falconet, Jerdon’s Baza, Bat Hawk, Black-shouldered Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Lesser Fish-eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, Crested Goshawk, Black Eagle, Wallace’s Hawk-eagle, Blyth’s Hawk-eagle, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Common Moorhen, White-breasted Waterhen, Common Sandpiper, Emerald Dove, Jambu Fruit-dove, Little Green-pigeon, Pink-necked Green-pigeon, Thick-billed Green-pigeon, Large Green-pigeon, Green Imperial-pigeon, Grey Imperial-pigeon, Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot, Long-tailed Parakeet, Moustached Hawk-cuckoo, Malaysian Hawk-cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Plaintive Cuckoo, Violet Cuckoo, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Bornean Ground-Cuckoo, Black-bellied Malkoha, Red-billed Malkoha, Raffle’s Malkoha, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Greated Coucal, Lesser Coucal, Sunda Scops-Owl, Barred Eagle-owl, Buffy Fish-owl, Brown Wood-owl, Bornean Frogmouth, Blyth’s Frogmouth, Glossy Swiftlet, Mossy-nest Swiftlet, Black-nest Swiflet, Edible-nest Swiftlet, Asian Palm-swift, Silver-rumped Needletail, Grey-rumped Treeswift, Whiskered Treeswift, Red-naped Trogon, Diard’s Trogon, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Dollarbird, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Banded Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf-kingfisher, Blue-banded Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Blue-throated Bee-eater, Bushy-crested Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill, White-crowned Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Red-crowned Barbet, Red-throated Barbet, Yellow-crowned Barbet, Blue-eared Barbet, Brown Barbet, Malaysian Honeyguide, Rufous Piculet, Speckled Piculet, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker, Banded Woodpecker, Checkered Throated Woodpecker, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Olive-backed Woodpecker, Maroon Woodpecker, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Buff-necked Woodpecker, Grey-and-buff Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Green Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Black-and-red Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Hooded Pitta, Blue-headed Pitta, Blue-banded Pitta, Black-and-crimson Pitta, Giant Pitta, Bornean Banded Pitta, White-bellied Erpornis, Golden-Bellied Gerygone, Lesser Cuckooshrike, Fiery Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Dark-throated Oriole, Large Woodshrike, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Rufous-winged Philentoma, Maroon-breasted Philentoma, White-breasted Woodswallow, Common Iora, Green Iora, Pied Fantail, Spotted Fantail, Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Crow-billed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Slender-billed Crow, Bornean Black Magpie, Crested Jay, Tiger Shrike, Brown Shrike, Plain Sunbird, Brown-throated Sunbird, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Van Hasselt’s Sunbird, Olive-backed Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, Temminck’s Sunbird, Purple-naped Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter, Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Long-billed Spiderhunter, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Yellow-eared Spiderhunter, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Greater Green Leafbird, Lesser Green Leafbird, Asian Fairy-bluebird, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Dusky Munia, White-bellied Munia, Chestnut Munia, Eurasian Tree-sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Javan Myna, Common Hill-myna, Asian Glossy Starling, Chestnut-cheeked Starling, Oriental Magpie-robin, White-crowned Shama, Rufous-tailed Shama, White-crowned Forktail, Malaysian Blue-flycatcher, Bornean Blue-flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Narcissus Flycatcher, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Jungle-flycatcher, Black-headed Bulbul, Black-and-white Bulbul, Grey-bellied Bulbul, Puff-backed Bulbul, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Olive-winged Bulbul, Cream-vented Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Spectacled Bulbul, Buff-vented Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, Finsch’s Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Streaked Bulbul, Barn Swallow, Pacific (House) Swallow, Arctic Warbler, Brown Fulvetta, Black-throated Babbler, Grey-headed Babbler, Chested-winged Babbler, Chested-rumped Babbler, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Bold-striped Tit-babbler, Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Sooty-capped Babbler, Scaly-crowned Babbler, Rufous-crowned Babbler, White-chested Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler, Striped Wren-babbler, Black-throated Wren-babbler, Ashy Tailorbird, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Yellow-bellied Prinia.

What is included?

  • Accommodation (Air conditioner, Hot water shower, ceiling fan, private balcony)
  • Scheduled transfers in & out
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Entry permit
  • Full board meals
  • Activities

What is not included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Air fare
  • Other expenses
  • Anything that is not mentioned in "what is included"

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What do I have to bring during the tour?

Binoculars, Telescope, Insect repellent, long sleeve shirts & long pants, raincoat, sun hat, swim wear, comfortable trekking shoes, torch light, water bottle & personal toiletries.

What animals can we see during the tour?

Wildlife and Birds sighting are all depending on individual’s luck. Animal and bird Sightings during the tour are not guarantee.

How long will it take to drive from Lahad Datu to Tabin Wildlife Resort?

It will take about 1 ½ Hours drives and part of the road are a gravel road.

What is included in the packages?

The packages inclusive of accommodation, scheduled transfers (Lahad Datu to Tabin / Tabin to Lahad Datu), Full board meals, English speaking guide and entry permit.

How many person can the lodge accommodate?

The lodge can accommodate maximum up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

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Price & Availability

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MYR3,350 / per person
Based on twin/double room
This tour is operated by: Tabin Wildlife Holidays Sdn Bhd
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Tour Facts

  • Lahad Datu, Sabah
  • Available Daily
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8px
  • 3 Days
  • + 15 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport