This is a 3-day frogging camp based at Tabin which is home to approximately 26 species of unique anurans (frogs & toads)including 12 endemics to Borneo, and 1 which is endemic to Sabah alone. The Saffron-Bellied Frog, White-Lipped Frog, Harlequin Tree Frog, Bornean Horned Frog, Translucent Frog, and the Giant River Toad, just to name a few.
You will be picked up in the east coast town of Lahad Datu and transferred by road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve (1:30 hrs). 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. Visit to Trogon Hall gallery for information about the conservation of Tabin Wildlife Reserve and briefing on birds, insects and animals that is found in this area. (For guest check in before 11:00am) In the afternoon, trekking from the Elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano and its surrounding thick forest, where birds are commonly sighted. 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. Trek from the mud volcano back to the main road. After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, go for a night walk along the trail nearby the resort in search of frog, sleeping birds and nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)
Join the morning bird walk as Tabin has a rich collection of about 300 bird species. After breakfast, trek to waterfall to search for frogs and toads. 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, a dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal wildlife & birds coming out to look for food during this time of the day. After 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. (L,D)
After breakfast, free and easy until check out. (B,L) You may opt to take up a dawn drive or jungle walk to look out for wildlife that is active at this time of the day.
The Saffron-Bellied Frog, White-Lipped Frog, Harlequin Tree Frog, Bornean Horned Frog, Translucent Frog and the Giant River Toad
Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the largest Wildlife Reserve in Malaysia with its 300,000 acres of Dipterocarp rainforest which is home to extraordinary biodiversity. The Tabin wildlife reserve is a dedicated ground for the breeding of wildlife and birdlife, including the highly endangered Sumatran Rhino, Borneo Pygmy elephant, and the Tembadau.