During my recent visit to Lahad Datu, I manage to skip some of my busy time for half day visit to the famous Tabin Wildlife Reserve.


In case if you don’t know, Tabin is the home to some highly endangered animal species and protected mammals in Lahad Datu and also plays an important role for the breeding wildlife mammals in Sabah, Borneo Malaysia.


Located about 48km north-east of Lahad Datu town, the journey to the resort is by gravel road of mud, and I recommended to use 4wd vehicles. Along the journey, you will witness palm plantation surrounding the area. Actually there’s a short cut which will take you about 50 minutes to reached the resort, due to wrong direction, the journey took me about 1 hour + 20 minutes drive.


I was lucky when someone passing by and show me the correct direction..


After about one hour drive, finally I reached at entrance of the main gate.


Once you pass by the main gate and start entering the area, you may need to drive slowly as you might see some huge wildlife crossing the road.


Suddenly I saw one huge squirrel crossing..


At last, arrived at Tabin Wildlife Resort.


Few of the chalets are just around the welcome area.




There’s another type of chalets located nearby the area, but you need to walk along this path to reach there.


Along the path, you would see this scenery.



These are the other types of chalets you may find in Tabin.



Most of the trees there are so huge.


Even this daun pun so big size daa..


Those overnight guests can always enjoy their breakfast/lunch/dinner at Sunbird Cafe rather than 1-2 hours drive out for some food.


You may not missed to see the stairs in front of Sunbird Cafe which are made from several types of Borneo timber.


You may also note down any kind of animals species that you spot during your trip to Tabin in this book.



Beside Tabin is indeed a perfect place for wildlife photographers, I don’t mind to travel all the way to this jungle for some overnight adventure trip, meaning to say not to stay overnight in a chalet, but to stay an overnight camp maybe. Heh! heh! more adventurous bah!

Things you may want to know about Tabin :
– Location : Lahad Datu, Sabah Borneo Malaysia.
– Area covered : 120,539 hectares of protected forest
– Species : 75 Mammals, 45 reptiles, 252 birds, 24 Fresh water fishes, 945 plants.

For more info, visit the official site at www.tabinwildlife.com.my

  1. papajoneh says:

    i wanna take time to visit this place. My younger sis staying in LHD so I guess I got a reason to go there too.

    Nice info. Thanks for sharing. The part that you guys lost, shud bring a guide next time 😉

  2. esharkj says:

    Ya! you should go some free time.. actually there’s a tour guide around, but I feel like it would be more adventurous la kunun if we go sendiri2.. last2 sasat, nah! baru la btul2 adventure that..

  3. CalebT says:

    Brother, your article on Tabin Wildlife so good! I’ve been there before in 2007 – Nice place to relax. Night safari, mud volcano, jungle tracking, waterfalls, etc. Food also not bad.

  4. papajoneh says:

    i passed here and no update my friend. I’m gonna be a bit busy after this .. so u take care ok.

  5. Kay Kastum says:

    Wah! I did not know that!! So many great places bah this Sabah..

  6. esharkj says:

    Ya Kay! So many bah interesting place Sabah actually got, we as Sabahan kalau tidak explore + enjoy our own spot rugi since most of it are here bah..

  7. Jevandyr says:

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!


  8. Bibi says:

    Wow… your blog is a gateway to Sabah.. keep posting.. I like it! .. cheers ~

  9. esharkj says:

    Hi Jevandyr,
    Wow! I’m honored.. thanks for dropin by btw.. 😉

    Thanks Bibi.. 😉
    cheers to you too..

  10. Vernice says:

    Hi , actually I have been interested in visiting Tabin Wildlife quite some time, and this coming end of May, I will visit Lahad Datu with my friend, so we hope to drop by the place as well, so can you suggest me for any tour for the Tabin wildlife and also Madai Cave, if possible I hope to visit both of the place in a whole day time, if really too rush, then maybe a 2day 1 night stay will be fine, hope to hear from you soon in the email, thanks =)

  11. esharkj says:

    Hi Vernice!

    first of all, from where are you actually?

    Good that you love to go Madai + Tabin, but I think it is impossible for you to visit for both places, as the distance is too far for one day visit.. maybe 2 days should be interesting, Madai you can take half day visit, while Tabin maybe you should stay for overnight for like 2Days 1Night stay.

    Will email you some input about these two places soon..
    btw thanks for dropin by! 😉

  12. esharkj says:

    Buli ba kalo ko Kay! thanks buddy.. 😉

  13. Evelyn says:

    Wau… I must say that you document Sabah well… I have been thinking of going to Tabin and seeing this makes wanna go now!

  14. esharkj says:

    Thanks Evelyn.. actually there’s more places to story bah here Sabah.. but I only got two hands.. btw thanks for dropin by!

    keep visiting.. 😉

  15. kirung says:

    tempat perlindungan apa jugak baitu?badak kah gajah?kami nanti menginap disitu.rumbungan sekulah

  16. sya says:

    nexttime if you want go to sabah again,,,can join us with u,,,,plez3………
    i very excited to go there,,

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