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If you want to spend your vacation being one with the wild on an unforgettable safari, you don’t have to go to Africa.

Rather, there are many other places in the world that are virtually undiscovered and untouched, allowing you to set your spirit free amid the spectacle of nature.

One such place is the Tabin Wildlife Reserve on the north eastern tip of the island of Sabah, a gem of a rainforest covering an area of more than 122,000 hectares which gleams with the promise of adventure.

Lipad Waterfall in a serene atmosphere

There are a total of nine nature trails in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Of these, the longest is the Raleigh Trail, which leads directly from the Tabin Wildlife Resort to the cascading beauty of the Lipad Waterfall, measuring 2.5 kilometers long.

The Lipad Waterfall is the only waterfall in the reserve, where visitors are free to bathe or simply sit around and take in the serene atmosphere.

Let’s get muddy

There are also three trails that lead to the Lipad Mud Volcano, which is one of the main attractions of the reserve.

Here, you can play with your friends in the mud, give yourself a facial mud mask or simply observe the animals that come to the mud volcano to get their share of salty minerals.

Wildlife species found at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

No matter which trail you decide to embark on during your stay in the park, which can be long or short depending on your choice, you are sure to catch a glimpse of some interesting wildlife.

Borneo Elephant and Sumatran Rhino

Wildlife species living in the reserve include the Borneo Elephant and Sumatran Rhino, both of which are highly endangered and are among the largest animals in Sabah, as well as the Sambar Deer, Mouse Deer, Proboscis Monkey, Orangutan, Smooth Otter and the Sunda Clouded Leopard.

Spot the Birdie Bird

Birds are also very abundant here so make sure you bring along your binoculars, though some are very easy to spot. Some of the birds that have been spotted in the park include the Wrinkled Hornbill, Black Magpie, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Malaysian Blue Flycatcher and the Long-tailed Parakeet.

Staying overnight is recommended

In order to fully immerse yourself in the wild of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, it is recommended that you stay overnight at the Tabin Wildlife Resort, which is the only resort located in the park.

The resort consists of 20 wooden lodges, each with enough room for three people and with a private bathroom and balcony that affords breathtaking views.

Aside from the lodges, the resort also has a cafe called the Sunbird Cafe that serves both local and western cuisine, though the menu does not include pork, along with coffee, tea, wine and beer.

There is also a souvenir shop, a small library and a place where one can enjoy a relaxing herbal foots oak made from the herbs that are found within the park.

We recommend making your resort reservation here.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve Tours

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Getting to Tabin Wildlife Reserve

To get to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, one can take a local flight from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu, which is available daily and lasts about an hour.

One can also take the scenic route and drive to Tabin, though it will take 7 hours from Kota Kinabalu.

Official website here.

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