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Malaysia Wildlife Safari Tour, Sabah - 3 Days

Malaysia Wildlife Safari Tour, Sabah
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Wildlife Safari Tour in Malaysia

This leisurely-paced 3-day Malaysia Wildlife Safari Tour is available on request and is set in a beautiful lowland dipterocarp rainforest at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Considered to be the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia, the region is home to an extraordinary biodiversity and is a dedicated ground for breeding of animals and birds, including the highly endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros, Borneo Pygmy Elephant and Tembadau.

"Wonderful stay and we had an amazing guide. Warm, friendly and lovely staff. Wildlife sighting was amazing." - John

The fauna you can expect to encounter on this Malaysia wildlife safari ranges from mammals and birds to reptiles, amphibians and insects. There's a healthy population of Borneo Pygmy Elephants that can sometimes be seen strolling along the resort road. Orang-utans are plentiful and their nests can be frequently sighted. There is a large variety of carnivores, including the rare Clouded Leopard, as well as Bearded Pigs, Red Leaf Monkeys, Pigtail and Long-tail Macaques, Binturongs and herds of deer. The reserve is also a bird-watching paradise, with more than 300 species of birds including the majestic Rhinoceros Hornbill and 13 species endemic to Borneo. It is home to approximately 26 species of unique frogs and toads, including 12 species that are endemic to Borneo, one of which – the Bornean Horned Frog – is exclusive to Sabah. There are also dozens of species of lizards, skinks, geckos and snakes, along with abundant insects.

The guides on your Malaysia wildlife safari can advise on the best times of day to observe specific species and take you to a variety of habitats. These include our mud volcanoes, which are frequented by wildlife and birds and serve as ‘salt-licks’ to ingest essential minerals. The Lipad river and nearby waterfall also attract a huge number of animal visitors every day. Excursions taken at dusk and after nightfall brings a whole new perspective on the nature reserve as the nocturnal wildlife becomes active.

Wild orchids, lianas, jungle vines, towering strangler figs and rare ferns are amongst the interesting collections of rainforest vegetation at Tabin. Flowers and fruits in the rainforest often carry an exotic contrast of colours with unique shapes and scents to attracts wildlife, birds and insects to maximise pollination.

Following your Malaysia wildlife safari 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.

Malaysia Wildlife Safari Tour highlights include:

  • The opportunity to observe more than 70 species of mammals, 300 types of birds and numerous reptiles, amphibians and insects, many of them unique to Sabah
  • Excursions to the nearby mud volcanoes, Lipad river and waterfall
  • Special dusk and night safaris to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds
  • Expert advice on the best times and locations to see particular species on your list

Like the look of this tour but would like to stay for a bit longer, check out our 4-day Borneo Rainforest Tour

Please note: group sizes available up to 15 travellers, please enquiry for a quote and tour availability.

Alternative Tour Name: 3D2N Tabin Wildlife Safari

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival & Tabin Wildlife Resort

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 a 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 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 afternoon, visit the active Lipad mud volcano which provides 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. 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 back to the resort along the elephant trail.

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

Day 2
Day 2 - Lipad Waterfall & Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak

Join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of more than 300 species of birds. After breakfast, a drive to the core area for animal’s 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.

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

After dinner, go for a night walk along the trail near the resort in search of sleeping birds, frog and nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D).

Day 3
Day 3 - Jungle Walk & Departure

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.

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
  • Airfare
  • Other expenses
  • Anything that is not included in "What is included"
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  1. Fantastic Experience!
    John16 Jan 2018
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    Wonderful stay and we had an amazing guide. Warm, friendly and lovely staffs. Wildlife sighting was amazing.

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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.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.


3 Days

Price & Availability

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MYR2,650 / per person
Single Suppliment MYR 1325
Group Discount Available
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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
  • 1 to 4px
  • 3 Days
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport