We stayed in April 2014 at Tabin but I only find time now to write a review. We booked a 4D/3N birding tour and had a great guide named Wangtong (not sure about the spelling) who managed to find us so many different species we had a hard time ticking them all in our fieldguide!
I'm a bird lover but am also interested in all kind of animals, so at the beginning of our stay I told him that I was dreaming of seeing a male paradise flycatcher - which is not such a rare bird but I had failed to see one before - and a slow loris - which is much harder to find since it's a nocturnal primate. And he found us both! We saw paradise flycatchers several times and on a night drive, after seeing owls, a civet, a leopard cat and flying squirrels we caught a pair of eyes shining in the torchlight and there it was, slowly making its way along a branch, a slow loris, such a treat!
Apart from that, on the mammal side we also got to see an elephant, gibbons, macaques, pygmy squirrels, giant squirrels and well, normal size squirrels too.
As for the birds, I can't cite them all but after 3 days of searching he found us a black-crowned pitta that stayed so long that we had plenty of time to take pictures. Also some broadbills (green, black and red, banded, black and yellow), 5 different hornbills, woodpeckers, babblers, bulbuls, etc. So many birds, so many sounds and colours, Borneo is a great birding place and Tabin being close to palm plantations allows to see some species more easily than in a dense primary forest (you only get to walk in secondary forest there).
We were staying in a river lodge that was really big and comfortable but if I come back I will ask for a hill lodge because you're closer to the birds (hornbills and broadbills were often seen near the hill chalets). The food was good, the staff friendly, the guide great and all in all we had a great stay and I hope I'll be able to come back one day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tabin Wildlife Hotel Lahad Datu
- Tabin Wildlife Resort Lahad Datu, Malaysia - Sabah