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Jalan Tunku, Lahad Datu 91125 Malaysia
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Tabin Was declared a wildlife reserve because of the large numbers of animal species inhabiting its forest, including several which are highly endangered. With a protected forest area of 120,500 hectares, Tabin plays an important role as a dedicated ground for the breeding of endangered wildlife and protected mammals in Sabah. Tabin Wildlife Resort offers visitor facilities and accommodation within the wildlife reserve to provide a comfortable stay whilst experiencing the spectacular Borneo flora and fauna.
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Jalan Tunku, Lahad Datu 91125 Malaysia
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John A wrote a review Sep 2022
101 contributions43 helpful votes
Wow…. We had a rivers side lodge it was lovely, the staff are very friendly, the resort is very well run and looked after the activities are really good the feet soaking after trekking was nice, the highlight was the swim by the waterfall, the trekking was good, the night and dusk drives are also good our guide Rafel was amazing he really looked after us.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Autumn Bliss wrote a review Sep 2022
Central London94 contributions104 helpful votes
We stayed for two nights in a hill lodge which was located at mid tier level which at c 50 steps up was manageable for us. Some of the other hill lodges were much higher and would be a struggle for those less fit or with limited mobility. Our room and bed were clean and comfortable. We were aware that other guests staying in River Lodges (closer to the dining room) complained to us about sewage smells emanating from the vents opposite their lodges. Food was average and buffet style and we did not like the scramble when the food appeared. Don’t expect a la carte dining and the bar has a very limited stock of drinks. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and went out of their way to please. We had an early morning departure (before breakfast) but they still brought up a cooked breakfast of fried eggs, chicken nuggets and baked beans without us asking for it! The staff are also keen to learn and embrace feedback as they try and improve their offer. The guided activities were mixed. 4x4 vehicles were used (seating 8 guests + guide) whoever was unfortunate to be sat in the middle seat were left with nothing to hold on to for a bumpy ride which was not comfortable - those seated at the rear were inhaling diesel fumes for large parts of the trips. Speaking with other guests it was apparent that the quality of individual guides was not consistent as two different tour groups on the same trip had very different experiences. Wellington boots were provided (free) for walks in the jungle. A small but well stocked shop was available to purchase leech socks, insect repellent and gift items.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take your own plug in mosquito repellent - buy your leech socks here
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Ryleeama wrote a review Aug 2022
Solihull, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
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We had an absolutely fantastic time at Tabin! Our guide Aslan was very knowledgeable and brilliant with our 9yo daughter. The resort is basic but clean and food was simple but good, 3 of the 5 of us are vegetarian and they made sure we had an extra veggie option. A few things to note; most of the 1.5 hour journey from Lahad datu to Tabin is on rough plantation tracks They recommend wellies for most of the walks … if you are taking anyone with particularly small feet (our daughter has uk size 11 kids size) it’s worth considering taking your own! Finally although I’ve seen some places promote Tabin as luxury it’s jungle luxury (hot showers and air con). We had such a brilliant time! Aslan suggested slight amendments to our package to suit us and what we were interested in - highlights included seeing a male orangutan, watching a family of gibbons up close, swimming in the waterfall spotting 6/8 species of hornbills and seeing a pair of Bornean falconers!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring wellies if your feet are particularly small or big
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Mik76 wrote a review Aug 2022
Bussum, The Netherlands32 contributions27 helpful votes
What an experience! Trotting the real jungle with our very knowledgeable, friendly and funny guide Mowi. The kids (and we!) absolutely loved it. Seeing Oerang Oetangs, snakes, the most beautiful birds, flying squirrels, Gibbons all in the wild, swimming in waterfalls and relaxing with the wonderful sound of the river flowing. A true Borneo adventure!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Come well prepared for the real jungle and you’ll love it!
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Clare H wrote a review Aug 2022
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We were lucky enough to visit Borneo just after it re-opened to foreign visitors, so most of the places we stayed were not busy. This meant we had the luxury of being shown around Tabin as a couple or, at most, in a group of four. It's a beautiful place. set on the river. The twilight & morning jeep safaris were a highlight. Mawi was an excellent guide, very knowledgable and we saw an amazing array of wildlife; orangutans, leopard cats, eagles, flying squirrels, otters, monitor lizards and civets to name a few. Be prepared for mud - it's a rainforest after all, but wellies are provided. The rooms were very comfortable and the food was very good & plentiful. All the staff were friendly. This resort deserves to be supported so that this wonderful ecosystem gets the protection it needs.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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robyn r wrote a review Jul 2022
Melbourne, Australia162 contributions113 helpful votes
This resort is an absolute delight. Set in the forest, it is more like a boarding house. But it has a charm of its own. There are two kinds of lodges. River Lodges where number 1 is closest to the main building extending to room 10. Then there are Hill Lodges. One and two are close to the main building and for all others you need to be a mountain goat. We were lucky enough to see a pangolin, a colugo, a mouse deer and a tarsier. The longer you are there, the more you will see. Our guide Paul was just the best. He was knowledgeable, considerate and flexible. If you are lucky enough to get him, count it as a special bonus.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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theconsultants wrote a review Jun 2022
Machynlleth34 contributions20 helpful votes
Lovely accommodation, food and overall ambiance of site. The 'package' comes with lots of wildlife related activities - so be prepared for some early starts. The guides are brilliant at spotting and identifying wildlife which makes for a very rewarding trip.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Gill wrote a review Jul 2020
9 contributions3 helpful votes
We were the only guests in the wake of the lifting of the lockdown on domestic tourism in Malaysia. Sounding 3 days here was perfect to enjoy the wildlife- our guide, Maldin, was an expert spotter and we saw so much on every walk/drive, including a wild orangutan. The food was plentiful and the hill lodge cabin very comfortable. All the staff were so friendly. I hope more guests will visit over the coming months. This is a great resort which needs to be supported by tourists so they can enjoy the resort and park as well while sustaining the Sabah economy.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tracey M wrote a review Mar 2020
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom272 contributions52 helpful votes
First of we want to say a very big thank you to Edd and Lynn. On the day we were due to check out we found out that our next Hotel was not excepting guests as it had gone into shut down due to the Corona virus. Edd & lynn helped us out with sorting out flights home. Everything here was fantastic our room the staff the wildlife. We preferred going out in the trucks wildlife spotting as we felt we seen more than on the walks as we had to concentrate on the ground making sure we didn't trip on the vines and you are more enclosed it seemed harder to spot wildlife due to the visibility but we did feel very exhilarated after the walks.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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JaWa70 wrote a review Mar 2020
Norridge25 contributions12 helpful votes
A very peaceful and relaxing place where all employees do everything, so we can feel comfortable. Food very good and sometimes too much. A special thanks for our guide Olivier for his knowledge, answering every our question, searching and showing all creatures, and above all for his smile and fun during ours activities.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$712 - US$734 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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tabin wildlife hotel lahad datu
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tabin Wildlife Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Tabin Wildlife Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tabin Wildlife Reserve (0.00 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tabin Wildlife Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Tabin Wildlife Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Tabin Wildlife Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tabin Wildlife Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Tabin Wildlife Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Tabin Wildlife Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.