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Tabin Wildlife Resort

KM 49, Jalan Tungku, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia
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Based on 153 traveler reviews

Nearby attractions
Lahad Datu Airport (LDU)
(1.32 km)
Tomanggong Airport (TMG)
(54.70 km)
Gomantong Cave Sandakan
(63.11 km)
Kinabatangan River
(66.04 km)
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True jungle feeling and fantastic guides
I stayed here three days and two nights in november, out of season, but what a treat. First of all : you're in the middle of the jungle, it takes quite a bumpy ride to get here, but it's worth it. All lodges are stand-alone next to a small river or on a hillside and that gives it absolute character. The lodges are ok. Don't expect 5 star accomodation, after all : you're in the middle of the jungle. But they are more than acceptable. And while I was there, some of the lodges were renovated. Now the lodges are a bit noisy during monsoon because of the tin roofs, but every lodge does have airco. And wifi is available in central Café. (It's the middle of the jungle remember ?) Staff is superb and ever so friendly and kind. They look for your every need. But the jungle is the best part of this stay. The number of animals you can see here is countless : apes, monkeys, elephants, hundreds of birds, orang utangs, lizzards, insects... it's just great. sure, there's the mud volcano, but I absolutely loved the night-rides, the night-hikes, the hikes early in the morning in the jungle... it's the best to give you that 'jungle-feeling'. Now : the best part here are the guides. They are golden. I had the pleasure of being guided by Sharon, a young guide with a lot of witt and a great sense of humour. But most importantly : she has an eagle-eye. She spotted animals before anyone else. And she knows her way around the animals as well. It was very impressive. Having said that : this is not for the faint hearted. Don't come here if you expect to be cruising in a landrover. It's boots on and struggling through the jungle, getting dirty and wet. And that includes leeches, bugs and mosquito's, so come prepared. After all : it's the jungle, not the zoo. But honestly : it's great !
Solo travel - Nov 19, 2017
Hugh B
Unique, wonderful and immersive Sabah experience
A few days at Tabin were a wonderful way to finish an amazing Sabah/Sarawak adventure. The draw here is the wildlife trekking and drives, and while accommodations are wonderful in concept, and acceptable in execution, the experience of getting deep into a remote forest/jungle experience is the reason to come here. Our three-day stay with private guide/driver was fabulous, particularly for the quality and experience of our guide (Esrail) and driver. Each had over 15 years working at Tabin, and seemingly knew every turn of the trail or road intimately. We not only saw scores of different species, but learned fascinating details about the history and traits of the flora and fauna, creating memories we'll carry with us for years to come. Good trekking shoes are helpful, and the resort provides boots for hikes through the muck, which seemed to constitute most of the trails, and can get rather deep after a good rain. Leech socks are mandatory for trekking, and the resort sells them for a nominal fee (30 MYR for a resort-branded pair). As a photographer, I especially appreciated the way our tours and treks were led, with help and encouragement that enabled me to come away with some terrific and unique photos. As to accommodations, we stayed in a hillside cabin, which was lovely, though definitely not glamorous, and notable for seemingly random fluorescent light fixture placements, and a bathroom-shower combo, with a horribly designed drain that invariably flooded the entire bathroom floor. Meals were all buffet affairs, incorporating local flavors, and while tasty, nothing stood out in particular. Staff were warm, friendly, and service was consistently first-rate. When you consider the remote location, harsh surroundings, and challenging climate, it puts things in a completely different perspective, and with that in mind, Tabin Wildlife Reserve does an amazing job.
Couples - Oct 20, 2017
Fantastic guides
The guides here were attentive and knowledgeable and the tours offered varying. The accommodation is basic and noisy due to having tin roofs. The food is very limited and was not to our taste. The staff were helpful and friendly.
Friends getaway - Sep 25, 2017
Lisa C
Loved, loved, loved
Beautiful setting in the middle of the rainforest. Cute little cottages overlooking a stream. Recommend river lodges as hillside lodges have lots of steps. Food & guides were brilliant. Guides were very attentive to our needs assisting usctramping through the rainforest. An added bonus was the family of gibbons that live in the trees above the restaurant. Very enjoyable stay.
Friends getaway - Aug 26, 2017
Tony W
Over rated
Stayed 4d3n package the guides were fantastic but place pretty run down......stayed hill cabin water from shower swamped whole bathroom......food barely edible except if u like rice or steamed vegetables. .....supposed fruit juice just cordial it seemed ...transfers very inflexible except if u want to pay ....tour vehicles have very hard seats needs foam r replaced as roads extremely washed out. ...but it is in middle of rainforest but expected more at the price
Couples - Aug 26, 2017
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      Check-in and Check-out Time

      Check-in: 2:00 PM
      Check-out: 12:00 PM

      Tabin Wildlife Resort is located in area / city Lahad Datu.

      The resort has a very good location, also near the Lahad Datu Airport (LDU), which is only 1.32 km away.

      There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Lahad Datu Airport (LDU) within 1.32 km, and Tomanggong Airport (TMG) within 54.7 km.

      About Tabin Wildlife Resort

      Splendid service together with wide range of facilities provided will make you complain for nothing during your stay at Tabin Wildlife Resort.

      Savor your favorite dishes with special cuisines from Tabin Wildlife Resort exclusively for you.

      With all facilities offered, Tabin Wildlife Resort is the right place to stay.

      You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
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