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Borneo Rainforest Tour, Sabah, Malaysia - 4 Days

Borneo Rainforest Tour, Sabah, Malaysia
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Wild Borneo Rainforest Tour in Malaysia

This 4-day Borneo Rainforest Tour is a leisurely-paced trip available on request and combines 2 nights stay in Tabin Wildlife Resort and 1 night at the Mud Volcano Observation Tower.  The experience of waiting for wildlife to come and drink water from the mud volcano in the deep of the night, within the amazing diversity of the Borneo rainforest is something that one will probably remember for life.

Tabin Wildlife Resort is an exclusive hideaway within the vast expanse of magnificent rainforests. It combines an exciting blend of Borneo mystic, traditional ambiance, and personalized service. You will look forward to returning to the charming timber lodges after an exciting day of jungle activities. Enjoy the leisurely pace of timeless Tabin. Listen to the sounds of the rainforest, the soothing flow of the river the cool rhythms of waterfalls, and the gentle cares of breezes in Tabin. Rekindle your association with nature. Gibbons calls at dawn, unknown insects and melodious birds songs, the magic of Borneo can be felt here. Experience the unfolding excitement of nature in Tabin.

Tabin’s high concentration of mineral-rich mud volcanoes and salt springs are the best gift of nature. Served as salt-lick, the mud volcanoes are frequented by wildlife and birds as evident in the plenty of animal tracks found here. The adventurous ones can experiment with the effects of the volcanic mud said to be responsible for a fine complexion.

A large number of tropical plants thrive here, some known for their medicinal and therapeutic properties, while others are awaiting to discovered are researched upon. 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 colors with unique shapes and scents to attracts wildlife, birds, and insects to maximize pollination.

Tabin supports significant species of wildlife, some of them endemic to Borneo. There are more than 70 mammal species. There is a healthy population of Borneo Pygmy elephants which can sometimes be seen strolling along the resort road. Orang Utan is plentiful, and their nests can be commonly sighted. There is a large variety of carnivores, including the rare Clouded leopard, the largest cat known to occur in Borneo, The are also have herds of deer, bearded pig, red leaf monkeys, pigtail, and long tail macaque, and binturong.

Tabin is a birdwatcher's paradise. About 42 indigenous families representing more than 300 species have been recorded. Birders can enjoy a good sighting and photography environment due to trees that are lower in height enabling more light to penetrate the forest floor. Endemic species of Borneo such as the White crown shama, Black and crimson Pitta, Yellow rump flowerpecker, dusky munia, Blue-headed pitta, and the Borneon wren-babbler are present. Rare species such as the speckled piculet, chestnut-capped thrush, Sinch’s bulbul, and Strom stock have been recorded. All the eight Hornbill species of Borneo, which are easily identified with their loud whooping sound when flapping wings been sighted.

Borneo Rainforest Tour highlights include:

  • Trekking to the active Mud Volcano which provides a mineral salt lick to wildlife.
  • Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall.
  • Enjoy the night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.
  • Night walk around the resort in search of sleeping birds, frogs,s and nocturnal.

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Alternative Tour Name: 4D3N Overnight@ Mud Volcano
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival | Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Drive from Lahad Datu to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on a gravel road for about one and a half-hour. After registration, you will be briefed to pack the items needed for your night out at Lipad mud volcano. Check into an attractive timber lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, which comes complete with private balcony, air conditioner, ceiling fan and hot water shower, a welcome luxury in the forest.

Nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad river, this lovely setting is home to a surprising variety of birds, insects and small mammals, even right beside the buildings of the resort. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or stroll in the resort’s vicinity to enjoy nature at its best.

Visit Trogon Hall gallery for information about the conservation of Tabin Wildlife Reserve and briefing on birds, insects and animals that are found in this area. (For guest check-in before 11:00 am)

In the evening, dusk drives to look out for more nocturnal wildlife & birds coming out to look for food during this time of the day.

After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders (L,D).

Day 2
Day 2 - Wildlife | Photo Session | Mud Volcano

You may opt to take up a dawn drive to look out for wildlife that is active at this time of the day (not included in package/RM80.00 per person) or join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of almost 300 bird species.

After breakfast, a drive to the core area for animal spotting and for a photo session before trekking through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to visit Lipad Waterfall.  Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. Alternatively, explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax.

Lunch followed by a short break. Embark on your journey to the mud volcano. 

After trekking through the jungle for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints belonging to different wildlife. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion. Walk up the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare area and its surrounding thick forest where birds are commonly sighted.  Our guides will set up camp for the night at the observation tower.  Stay quiet in order not to disturb wildlife which is more active in the cooler hours of the evening and early morning.  Stay alert during the night to observe any visits by wildlife to feed on minerals at the mud volcano. (B, L, D).

Day 3
Day 3 - Rock Pool | Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak | Night Safari

Early in the morning, pack and return to Tabin Wildlife Resort.  After breakfast, stroll to the nearby Rock Pool or wander along the river where groups of macaques and other small mammals can sometimes be seen.  Choose to take a dip in the river or simply listen to the sound of nature, or spend the morning at leisure.

In the afternoon you may wish to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of tropical herbs that help relax tired muscles after jungle treks.

Dinner 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 constellations above you and make a wish or two. (B,L,D).

Day 4
Day 4

While enjoying your breakfast, you can enjoy the serene environment at the Cafe and observe birds, small mammals and insects that are active in the vicinity and free at leisure before saying good bye to Tabin. (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?

  • Scheduled return transfer Lahad Datu/Tabin/Lahad Datu
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as stated
  • Guided tours
  • Activities

What is not included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Air fare
  • Other expenses
  • Anything that is not included 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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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
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • min. 2px
  • 4
  • + 15 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport