Tabin Wildlife Reserve by Herman (October 2006)

Short: Tabin is some 48 km / 1 hour from Lahad Datu and was established in 1984. It covers an area of 1205 km˛.


Malaysia's Largest Wildlife Reserve

The Tabin Wildlife Reserve is Malaysia’s largest. It was created in 1984 to preserve Sabah’s wild animals. Occupying a large part of the peninsula forming the northern arm of Darvel Bay, it is located 48 kilometres east of Lahad Datu.

The refuge covers 1,205 square kilometres, mostly of lowland dipterocarp forest, with some mangrove forests in the northern areas. While not completely primary forest, the area is still extremely rich in birdlife and contains Pigmy elephants, Sumatran rhinoceroses, and many varieties of monkeys. The refuge also has several mud volcanoes that provide mineral salts for wild animals, which can be observed from a watchtower.

Only recently accommodation has been made available. There are various categories, from aircon chalets to eco-tented platforms.

How to Get to Tabin & Accommodation

Fly from KK to Lahad Datu, then onwards by tour van or chartered taxi; at Tabin there are various types of accommodation to suit every budget. Since access is restricted we recommend that the stay is organised through a tour operator in Sabah. 


Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin's elephants

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