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Tabin Wildlife Reserve

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“leopard cats”(12 reviews)
“mud volcano”(22 reviews)
“the reserve”(9 reviews)
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
KM 49, Jalan Tungku, Lahad Datu 91100, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

I left Tabin a week ago and have very good memories of my experience. The staff are really friendly and approachable and want you to get the best of your time there. Jessica was excellent in her knowledge of the local wildlife and amazed us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

On arrival we were checked in and our room was hill lodge number 1, which is really close the main resort building. The room was clean and comfortable, air conditioning worked well and it was quiet and peaceful. Food was fairly good, quite a lot...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

THE GOOD-- our guide, mawi was awesome. he had a great eye for spotting wildlife and was very friendly and helpful. we saw a lot of different wildlife. we were really excited to spot an orangutan and her baby during one of our drives. the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

If you are looking for challenging trail and activity, Tabin is not in your list. Food is good, we had 6 meals for 2D1N tour. I'm not sure how's the other but the lodge that I stayed strongly recommend need to maintenance always. Trail to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

We stopped for 2 nights travelling from The Kinabatangan River. Whilst this is still focussed on wildlife it was different to the river. Our tour operator had rated this as simple which understated what was on offer. They certainly fed us well with a “light”...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We arrived at tabin with greatest hopes and dreams ofseeing every animal possible. Our hopes were quickly dashed w our first night walk in which we saw ....frogs, flowers and bugs! We were mildly disappointed but figured lets hope for better for tomorrow and we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

This is an excellent location to explore wildlife, guides are very good/knowledgeable, rooms are basic but clean, negative is only the (very)poor food quality even of local dishes which is the reason for the low rating

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Ayrel01
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

The rooms are not nice. No matter how you spin it. We did have air con, and hot water, that's what we needed and tags what we got. Food is ok. We stayed here for two nights, you do not need to stay here longer....More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ALondonUK
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Stayed here 3 days, and 2 nights. We really enjoyed it, and would like to come back. The food is fine, the rooms great, and the staff is really nice, friendly and helpful. We had a really good guide, but our impression is, that they...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Henrik M
Reviewed July 19, 2018

one of the few remaining places to see these wonderful creatures. Very friendly and helpful staff. A great half day trip in the rainforest...that is, what's left of it now that so much has been cleared for rubber trees. Go and see them before its...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Ian C
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kim v
March 19, 2018|
Response from laurapG5825NQ | Reviewed this property |
They provide guests with towels but not toiletries! Enjoy!
September 26, 2017|
Response from JakubJ1079 | Reviewed this property |
32 kilometres
Nicola G
August 6, 2017|
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Response from Frank154 | Reviewed this property |
All the tours are optional and most of the tours are safari drives. If you want to go to the mud volcano then that is a bit more of a hike. However there is a shorter option after you finish the mud volcanoes. Thus going... More
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Tabin Wildlife reserve (0 Replies)
Hallo, can anybody give me some information about Tabin? I get the information, that they have a new manager there since last year. What about the accomodations and the food? Thank you Lili
March 30, 2009|
Mumbai, India
visiting Sabah and Kota Kinabalu August last week (1 Reply)
Hi, Am visiting Kota Kinabalu in the last week of August and am there for 6 days and would like to go to: a. Poring hot springs b. Sepilok orang utan sanctuary c. Kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary and the gomantong caves d. Tabin wildlife reserve e. Mount kinabalu and f. mari mari cultural village 1. what sequence / route should i take to be able to cover all the above places 2. what is the best mode of transport to get from one place to another? can i book online? what would be...More
June 27, 2013|
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Pieter R
Three days between Tabin Wildlife reserve and diving? (1 Reply)
We’ll be free for three days (28 April until 1 May) after our Tabin wildlife reserve trip and are currently looking for activities/places between Lahad Datu and Semporna (we’ll be diving off the coast of Semporna as from 2 May). We’re also looking at islands in that area; any tips / islands we should know about? Any advice is much appreciated!
April 19, 2018|