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Tabin Lodge and Wildlife Rainforest Tour

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Lahad Datu, Malaysia
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About Tabin Lodge and Wildlife Rainforest Tour
Best and easy place to see orangutan in the wild is in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia. We can organize day trip from Tabin Lodge to bring you to spot for orangutan in a First Class Protection Forest Reserve. Tabin Lodge work very closely with Department of Forestry to bring tourist into this area.
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Ryan D wrote a review Mar 2020
San Francisco, California9 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife and I spent 3 weeks exploring Sabah and Sarawak. We loved our time Sarawak, and in Sabah. We spent time on the Kinabatangan, we thought Danum Valley was seriously special, but Bukit Piton is absolutely out of this world special. We had done the limited group tours on the Kinabatangan. We stayed on the trails and never went anywhere without a guide in Danum. We loved them both. But the absolute beauty, freedom, guides, friends, and wonder we found in Bukit Piton, coupled with the high density of wild orangutans still makes the hair on my arms stand up. It was truly, truly stunning. I would FULLY recommend visiting Bukit Piton to anyone who asked. A few things to keep in mind. The lodging is a homestay and it is basic as basic gets. But the host family is lovely, friendly and truly wonderful. We rented motorbikes and toured ourselves around the area, but the roads are rough. You need a 4x4 or a motorcycle and be comfortable riding it. If it's been raining, the roads can be impassable on a motorbike. There are bugs. It is wild. Get out there and love it. We sure did!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Gerard A wrote a review Mar 2020
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An unforgettable experience, a reason to return to Borneo something totally recommended, the experience of approaching nature, at your own air and pace in an extensive area where you can look for the wildlife you expect to find in Borneo, from insects, reptiles, baranos , birds, momos from the smallest in the world to orangutans. Do not miss it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from tabinlodgewrt, Guest Relations Manager at Tabin Lodge and Wildlife Rainforest Tour
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Thank you for your recent visit to Bukit Piton. We are delightful to hear that you're a having a great experience here in Bukit Piton. We look forward for your return in the near future!
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Winnie_Man wrote a review Nov 2019
Utrecht, The Netherlands32 contributions11 helpful votes
With it’s attractive wooden cabins alongside a river, Tabin Wildlife Resort is a very nice place to stay for a while. It was our first accomodation with wifi, though only in the restaurant. But spending time at that open air place was quite nice and there would be free coffee and tea available throughout the day. And everyone that worked there was very friendly! As for the food, there was always enough and several options to choose from. And they even take into account the early starts, by providing toast and fruit for people going on a sunrise walk or drive. The program for our 3 day, 2 night stay was very full, but as the activities were a great mix of walks, (night) drives and even a swim at a waterfall, it didn’t feel rushed. Sometimes the walk would have a challenge, like walking over fallen trees or a steep slope, but our guide Ed was always there to help us. She is also great at spotting wildlife and even managed to find the rare binturong for us.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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nattyw wrote a review Oct 2019
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We are a family of 5 (with three young children) and recently visited Bukit Piton on an overnight tour to see the orang-utans. Having not heard too much about Bukit Piton, and being a secondary forest, we were unsure what to expect, but were extremely surprised and delighted with the tour. Bukit Piton is situated on the edge of the Danum Valley and the forest is an incredible example of how the forest can be rehabilitated. The forest of Bukit Piton was spectacular, with a number of trees planted to attract wildlife, especially the orang-utans. The highlight of our trip included seeing 3 orang-utans in the wild as well as several horn bills, and mouse deer and slow loris on our evening drive. We also participated in tree planting, which was such a great thing for us to do as a family. Our guides were incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the local area and environment, and both we and the kids learnt so much about orang-utans, as well as critical environmental issues surrounding de-forestisation and rehabilitation. The accommodation was simple but very clean and perfect for a night’s rest! I would wholly recommend Bukit Piton for everyone, including people travelling with young families as this was certainly the highlight of our trip to Borneo.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from tabinlodgewrt, staff at Tabin Lodge and Wildlife Rainforest Tour
Responded Oct 22, 2019
Thank you so much for the review! We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the tour in Bukit Piton. We will try our best to continue preserve and rehabilitate the forest so that the younger generation can feel the same way as you and your family do! We hope that one day you would come again and see the trees you planted grown and becoming essential for the forest's ecosystem.
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Ivan B wrote a review Sep 2019
Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
Overall this tour was the highlight of our Borneo and Sabah experience. We were very lucky that we came across Bukit Piton tour and made the decision to try it. Not only was the seeing of the OrangUtans up close in the wild, it was also the level of service, educational aspect. planting the trees and a lot more! We saw 7 OrangUtans, owls, eagles, hornbills, macaques, elephant and mouse deer. We booked are trip via Bike and Tours agency and from the very first contact, they were communicating very quickly and were very accomodating. They made sure we did not raise our expectations too high, provided us with both positive and negative reviews they received (only one, which was due to the guest's health problems) - this was a very honest and direct approach and we really appreciated it. The tour starts at noon by pick up from Bike and Tours pension, from where it is about 2 hour car ride to the Bukit Piton rainforest reserve. Already the car ride was very interesting, Mr. Teo, the Upon entering the reserve, we changed the car - our things were taken to the camp and we got on a jeep for safari. There were 4 of us guests - and 5 staff - driver, 2 spotters, and an english-speaking guide >> this shows the level of service you get - it is really and off-the beaten path, not touristy place. Moreover, there was more staff at the camp, taking care of our meals and of course. Dr. Teo, who is an amazing and knowledgeable person about the nature of the Bukit Piton reserve and the heart of the project. We did our firts safari, which took about 3 - 3,5 hours, during which we saw many animals (including orangutans), we even went into the jungle, where our spotters cut the path to get closer to the spotted mother and baby orangutans. It must be said that local guides are perfect spotters - they are able to see an animal even 100 metres away, from a moving car - hats off!! After that, we got to the camp - which is rather basic, as it originally served as an accomodation for forrest workers, who planted the trees in the Bukit Piton reserve. However, it feels very authentic - you are in the middle of the jungle! We unpacked, rested, and had dinner - there was a lot of fruit and vegetables, chicken and rice. After dinner, Mr. Teo told us a lot about the forest preservation - in Bukit Piton, in Sabah, in Borneo overall. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. Our night safari was postponed due to heavy rains and storm, so we went for an earlier and longer morning safari the next day. We again saw many animals, including Orangutans, went into the jungle and came close to them. After safari, we each planted two fruit trees and then changed into the car, where our bags were already loaded. Dr. Teo took as for a local breakfast and then took us to Bike and Tours B&B and then even to the bus station .
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from tabinlodgewrt, Public Relations Manager at Tabin Lodge and Wildlife Rainforest Tour
Responded Sep 26, 2019
Hello Ivan! Thank you for giving your time to give us a review on your visit here in Bukit Piton, we are very delightful that you are happy and satisfied with the services that we provided during your stay with us. Most importantly, we are thrilled that our guest could come here and help us in our effort to grow and preserve the beautiful rain forest by planting trees for the wildlife. We hope that one day you could come again and see the trees that you planted became useful for the rain forest ecosystem. Kind regards, Tabin Lodge and Wildlife Rainforest Tour
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