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Tabin Wildlife Resort
Reviewed 27 December 2016

we stayed in chalets that are up from river that can involve over 60 steps! Next time id stay by river right in the resort . Accomodation very good and excellent guides. We found it very hard to know if this was the best reserve to visit in hope of seeing truly wild orangs,as we thought of Danum.No guide book or here clarifies which is best as they are different..Much subject to logging of biggest trees 20 yrs ago, but wild life a bit easier to see and the growing rapidly where anything chopped down.Taking jeeps early and late great fun-managed to spot one orang which was lucky. Otters fishing in pool on river by resort and lots of birds,ealges,hornbills,owls.On one side is oil palm plantations as far as eye can see,so this large jungle reserve very valuable.
We stayed overnight at Lipad mud volcano in a watch tower. Not really worth it and saw nothing except bearded pig.Its about 300m square and occasionally bubbles but its not at all an exploding type-very quiet!

Stayed: September 2016
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Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

I stayed in 3 wildlife resorts during my trip to Borneo and this was my favourite.

Set in the middle of the jungle it really is a special and beautiful place. The 20 cabins are either hill and river side and each are equally as beautiful. I was on the hill with its 50 plus wooden stairs.

The whole resort has been developed really tastefully. The rooms are beautifully done. The restaurant serves freshly prepared local cuisine ( there wasn't anything I didn't like ). And the team here are great. It has a real family atmosphere about it.

I didn't see orang u tangs or the elephants. But I did see lots of other wildlife. And the jungle is so staggeringly perfect. When I wasn't looking at the wildlife I was looking at the amazing fauna.

And here more than any I was reminded about the importance of eco tourism to the preservation and development of the local environment. This feels like not just a great resort. But an important part of the country and local community.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed here two nights between kinabatangang and Borneo rainforest lodge.
We had a great guide called Rachael who was very well informed and passionate about her job.
We stayed in a hill lodge. It was pretty basic but it all worked. We had our own balcony but you couldn't sit on it as there were no chairs. That was a shame as I really wanted to sit out and watch the monsoon rain.
We had air con but didn't really need it. 3 pin UK style sockets. Slow slow wifi but you are in the jungle.
3G worked ok.
The lodge food was ok, sometimes the meat was a bit chewy. They sold wine and beer and we even had a half bottle of champagne on our last night. The staff were very friendly.
There are gibbons that seem to live around the lodge and appear in the morning. We saw flying squirrels and a leopard cat and pigs and loads of monkeys and birds.
There's also an amazing mud volcano within the grounds. Very odd.
One thing I didn't like were the 4 x 4 jeeps for the safaris. They didn't have seats , just padded bars to sit on. Very uncomfortable.
We also were taken to a rock pool to swim. I didn't fancy it. Brown water, you have no idea how deep and one of our party got into trouble as he wasn't a strong swimmer.
It was a close shave.
You need those rubber shoes that stay on if you're swimming. Underfoot is all very dodgy with sharp rocks you can't see.
My leg got stuck in between 2 rocks and I got a cut.
Two nights was enough. Very interesting place though.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Pehbeansandchips
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

The resort is lovely with good comfortable rooms. Ours was overlooking the river. All the staff at the resort were helpful and friendly and the guides are just brilliant with genuine enthusiasm for their local wildlife. I wish we could have stayed longer to see more of the forest and the incredible species there.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank tgrafton
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Couple travelling with 3 yo son.
Activities : we took 3 days 2 nights package which include short trekking, waterfall visit and night walk. Verdict : it was easy for us and i think i can bring my parent (60 years old) in future. not much animal sighting but we witnessed flying squirrel in action which was superb.
Food: Reasonable.
Resort: Clean and cosy. the utilities all working so no complaint.
Staff : Very friendly and helpful but that was expected because we were in SABAH.Sabahan are friendly people in nature.
Overall: It was relaxing holiday for us and we love nature, with a little bit adventure for my little son and we planning to come back.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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Thank AishahZakaria
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

This was a lovely facility, great rooms, staff and guides. The chef went above and beyond to try and cater for my gluten-free requirements, which was greatly appreciated. Our Guide Rachel was very friendly and knowledgeable, and we saw lots of interesting birds and animals.
The only downside (and this comes from a New Zealander who is used to being out in the bush) that the areas that visitors can go is very limited to a small section of forest near the edge of the park. I had wanted to get into real rainforest, but that's probably more about expectation than anything... but it's something for others to consider when deciding which area to go to.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank gosnm
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay. The staff was incredibly friendly, and helpful. We did several jungle treks, early morning and evening ones. Our cabin was amazing on the edge of the creek. The food was delicious, and with first breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner, always plenty to eat. We enjoyed mud masks, and foot soaks from botanicals and spices as well. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jane6250
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Address: Jalan Tunku, Lahad Datu 91125, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Lahad Datu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Lahad Datu
Price Range: C$714 - C$767 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tabin Wildlife Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tabin Was declared a wildlife reserve because of the large numbers of animal species inhabiting its forest, including several which are highly endangered. With a protected forest area of 120,500 hectares, Tabin plays an important role as a dedicated ground for the breeding of endangered wildlife and protected mammals in Sabah. Tabin Wildlife Resort offers visitor facilities and accommodation within the wildlife reserve to provide a comfortable stay whilst experiencing the spectacular Borneo flora and fauna. ... more   less 
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