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This expansive area of dipterocarp rainforest in the eastern part of Sabah, shelters an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna.

Declared a wildlife reserve in 1984 due to the diversity of animals inhabiting its forest, Tabin plays an important role in preserving Sabah's most endangered species.

Wildlife of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Orangutan in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Malaysian BorneoTabin has several mud volcanoes and salt-water springs that are high in minerals and attract a variety of wildlife seeking these nutrients. These are great locations for viewing the forest inhabitants, that can also be seen on treks and night drives. Orangutans, civet and leopard cats, hornbills, pygmy elephants and, if you are extremely lucky, western tarsiers can all be spotted.

Accommodation at the Tabin River Lodge is in 20 simple but comfortable bungalows located either along the river or on the hillside overlooking the rainforest.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Tabin Wildlife Reserve, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Tabin Wildlife Reserve at its best.

    • Seeing orangutan in Borneo: Malaysia or Indonesia?
      Baby orangutan at the Sanctuary

      Seeing orangutan in Borneo: Malaysia or Indonesia?

      Seeing orangutan in Borneo: Malaysia or Indonesia?

      Although Borneo is the place to see orangutans in the wild, its political separation as part Malaysia, part Indonesia does leave you with choices for where to plan your orangutan-spotting trip. Our expert Sophie helps you decide: Indonesian or Malaysian Borneo?

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    • Walking & trekking in Borneo
      Herd of Pygmy Elephants

      Walking & trekking in Borneo

      Walking & trekking in Borneo

      Smothered in a blanket of lush rainforest leading right up to the coast, Borneo is an island best explored on foot. From a gentle afternoon walk along the lofty canopy walkways of the Danum Valley to a challenging hike down into the lost world of the Maliau Basin, the landscape offers experiences that will appeal to every level of fitness.

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    Accommodation choices for Tabin Wildlife Reserve

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.