Tabin Wildlife Reserve

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Brenda Chenu
New South Wales, Australia45 contributions
Great Place!
May 2019
Great place to spend in Borneo. This reserve is idealistic for wildlife lovers. Our 3-day trip there is one of the best memorable!
Written April 6, 2020
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Wingeliba
Oslo, Norway51 contributions
Wonderful wildlife
Feb 2020 • Couples
Tabin Wildlife Resort is worth a visit. We had the 3 days 2 nights package and super happy with our visit. Knowledgeable guides, airy accommodation and the rest of the facility. Food basic, but tasty and plentiful. Plus for a nice supply of fresh fruits.
Written March 4, 2020
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Traveladdiction31
Masterton, New Zealand32 contributions
Peaceful experience
Jan 2020
Off season and we almost had Tabin to ourselves. The Staff were amazing and provided us with the most excellent meals although way more than we could eat. The wildlife, gibbons, Macaques, rhino Hornbills, to name a few, were easily viewed in the trees surrounding the restaurant. Our guide Maui made sure that we got the best out of the excursions out into the forest and we were able observe a wide range of wildlife including an Orangutan and her baby preparing for their evening's rest. An excellent experience. Thankyou.
Written February 20, 2020
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Miranda V
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
Quite and peaceful experience of Borneo's wildlife
Feb 2020
Stayed at Tabin Wildlife Reserve for 4D/3N in a river lodge. The room was comfortable and had a great view of the forest and river. The lodge was very peaceful and it was easy to relax between outings into the jungle. The itinerary had a good mix of walking and vehicle based activities. Our guide was Oliver and he was amazing! Full of knowledge about the wildlife and environment and always whistling a bird call. He had the skill I highly respect in any wildlife guide... a willingness to admit when he didn't know something and come back with the answer later.
If possible I would recommend doing the long itinerary - we came across other guests on 1 or 2 night packages that seemed disappointed in the rate of sightings. Yet, after 4 days we were very pleased with what we were able to see at Tabin. When it comes to wildlife it is the luck of the draw but more time in the jungle does help.
Written February 11, 2020
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whiteknight
Croydon, UK78 contributions
Jungle Lodge!
Oct 2019 • Couples
This resort is set on a river in Malaysia’s largest wildlife reserve. Accommodation is in simple but comfortable lodges - either along the river or on the hillside all with private balcony overlooking the river. Beware the hillside lodges if you are not good with steps as there are quite a few steep steps up to these lodges.
Lodges are linked by a boardwalk to the main lodge & dining area. Food is served as a buffet & there is also a bar.
Activities include walking tours through the forest & jeep safaris. Given its location, it rained a lot whilst we were there so come prepared with waterproofs & leach socks are a must if you are out walking.
The trail through the forest to the mineral rich mud volcano was quite hard going in the pouring rain & we saw very little wildlife. Luckily by the time we reached the volcano it had stopped raining & the sun had come out & we were able to see wildlife from the observation tower.
We had just a 400m walk to the jungle waterfall from the road side where a jeep had dropped us off. It had started to rain by the time we reached the water, in order to see the waterfall you either had to get into the water & swim round or wade through the water with your wellies on to the other side & walk around on the path. Neither option appealed to me, so I opted out.
The jeep safaris were by far my favourite activity with plenty of wildlife on show. Even from the balcony of our lodge you could see the forest full of birds etc.
Written January 22, 2020
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Klaas S
Renkum, The Netherlands474 contributions
Excellent accomodation in the jungle
Dec 2019
We unfortunately could spend only one night in this reserve and the only early morning we had, it rained. But the location is wonderful, the accomodation very nice and the service and facilities as well as the food. From there many treks are possible. We will try to do that in the future. Recommended!
Written December 12, 2019
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JupitusWilson
Edenbridge, UK45 contributions
Comfortable and well-structured stay
Nov 2019
Agree pretty much with a lot of the reviews below. Accommodation perfectly adequate; we stayed in River Lodge No 6 and had great sightings of otters; macaques and bats from our veranda. The noise of the river after a torrential downpour is an incredible sound. Food very average (had been spoilt at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort) but, having said that, we picked some jungle ferns on one of our walks which the Chef cooked up for us - and they were delicious, cooked with chilli and ginger. Didn't really feel as though they knew about gluten free - was ok for me, as it's a choice and I was happy to forego early breakfast/afternoon tea, but for a coeliac - I'd be careful. As to what you see, it's luck of the draw. We enjoyed the whole experience of the flora and fauna (and sounds) as much as the animal spotting. We stayed 4D3N and felt that 3D2N would have been better - although we were able to relax and take advantage of the lovely swinging chairs! Didn't need leech socks - they supplied rubber boots. They do, however, sell them on site for a reasonable price if you decided you didn't want to take the chance. Take plenty of mosquito repellent.
Written November 21, 2019
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Ben S
London, UK47 contributions
Great wildlife experience, service could be better
Oct 2019
We enjoyed the wildlife trekking and the various nature drives. Compared to other lodges, we were kept busy throughout the duration of our stay which was good (albeit a little tiring!). Food and drinks were average but I'm happy to cut some slack given the location in the middle of a rainforest and 1 1/2 hours drive from the nearest main road. The two areas that disappointed us slightly were the fact that staff openly played music/watched videos on their phone in the presence of guests (this would be fine if they were in a staff room/back of house). Secondly, compared to other nature guides we've had in the past the guide we had at Tabin was good at spotting wildlife but could definitely have had more enthusiasm and given more information about the plants and wildlife.
Written October 19, 2019
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Amanda T
Northampton, UK63 contributions
Mixed bag
Oct 2019 • Friends
Having already stayed at Bilit rainforest lodge,where we were treated to sightings of all sorts of wildlife, we were excited to be visiting Tabin, which is located in a forested area, about 1.5hours drive (most of it over unmade roads, so be warned!).
A few things to note - there is no safety deposit box in the room so all valuables have to be locked into the safe in the office, which can be a major inconvenience.
The holl lodges are up a number of steps - we were in Hill Lodge 1 the lowest one and this was up 22 steps! Goodness knows how many steps it must be to lodge 10!!!!
The food is distinctly average, with little choice and the meat is always very chewy.

My main gripe, however, is the hypocrisy. On arrival at the lodge we were expected to sign a document to confirm that we would not go within 10 metres of any wildlife - fair enough - but when we encountered a female orang utang on the road with its baby the guides & drivers all rushed across to take selfies with it and totally crowded it..... when we challenged the guide about their actions he shrugged it off by saying they don't see these lovely creatures very often, but this is no excuse for their behaviour and it also prevented the paying guests from getting their photographs of the orang utang until they had finished - not acceptable behaviour at all & it put both animal and humans at risk of passing on diseases
Written October 5, 2019
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flyingcarrot9
190 contributions
2 night stay
Sep 2019 • Couples
Particularly enjoyed the night jeep safaris, and were lucky enough to see some wildlife we hadn’t yet been able to see on our travels. You get 5 meals a day! And the drinks are well priced considering your a captive market.
Would recommend here, and the river lodge, so can watch the monkeys playing in the afternoon. Guides are knowledgeable.
Written September 18, 2019
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