4 Days 3 Nights Bird Watching Tour – Tabin Wildlife Reserve
4 Days 3 Nights Bird Watching Tour in Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a bird-watcher’s paradise in Borneo, Sabah. Tabin has a rich diversity of birds, including rare and endemic species. With more than 260 species recorded here including all the 8 of Sabah’s Hornbill species – Black Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, White-crowned Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Bushy-crested Hornbill and Helmeted Hornbill.
Day 1: Arrival At Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Drive from Lahad Datu town to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on gravel road for about one and a half hour. Check into the lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, nestled within the rainforest. The lodge comes complete with private veranda, air conditioner, ceiling fan and hot water shower in the forest.
Explore the vicinity of the resort and be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of bird life. The open-sided Sunbird Café & Hunter’s place is surrounded by greenery and flowering plants which attract a number of brightly coloured birds. Be entertained by the melodious calls of birds nearby. A bird hide facing the flowing Lipad River is available.
In the afternoon, depart for birding along the Core Road where you will most likely be able to spot one or more of Borneo’s eight species of hornbill such as the Black, White-crowned, Rhinoceros, Wreathed, Oriental Pied, Bushy Crested, Helmeted and Wrinkled Hornbill either flying in groups across the sky or in pairs perching on bare branches.
After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellation above you and make a wish or two.
Lunch and Dinner is provided on the first day.
Day 2: Birding At Lipad Mud Volcano
After an early breakfast, depart for the active Lipad Mud Volcano. The soccer field-sized Lipad Mud Volcano serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the rainforest for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano and its surrounding thick forest, where birds are commonly sighted.
A nearby fig-tree is a busy feasting place for hornbills and other birds and primates during the fruiting season. Across from the observation tower, bare branches of towering trees are favourite perching place for Green Imperial Pigeons and Doves. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here.
The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion. In the afternoon, try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks.
In the evening, join the dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal bird coming out to look for food during this time of the day.
After dinner, go for a night walk to discover more nocturnal bird species in the nearby trails. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is provided on the second day.
Day 3: Birding Along Tomanggong Road
After an early breakfast, you will depart for birding along the road leading to the core area stop over and climb up the birds watching tower continue along the way guide will show and explained to you the Orang Utan Release Center. The fully regenerated secondary forest with its relatively lower canopy and good natural light provides a delightful birding experience. The incredible rich forests also offer good mammal watching opportunities.
In the evening, take a drive to bird along the Tomanggong Road and expect to see more species of birds. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is provided for the third day.
Day 4: One More Trip Before Departure
After breakfast, take a trip to Tomoggong to discover more mouth-watering collection of Borneo birds in the areas.
Lunch and then depart from Tabin Wildlife Resort.
What To Bring For Tabin Wildlife Birding Tour
- Binoculars or Telescope
- Audio recorder
- Raincoat, long sleeve shirts & long pants
- Insect repellent
- Torch light or headlamp
- Toiletries, towel and others items of personal use
- Refillable water bottle
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Leech socks are available for sale at the resort’s shop
*Rate above is quoted in MYR (Ringgit Malaysia) and does not include the Goods and Service Tax of 6% (GST). Tax will be implemented in the official issued tax invoice.