Situated to the east of Lahad Datu, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a vast dipterocarp rainforest landscape covering 122,500 hectares, making it Malaysia’s largest wildlife reserve. This expansive reserve is surrounded by oil palm plantations and was established as a national reserve in order to protect the abundant flora and fauna found within the forests, some of which is endangered. It offers a true experience of rainforest adventure and some of the region’s wildlife highlights, in an eco-conscious environment where people and nature co-exist with minimal impact on natural resources. A highly recommended stop on any Borneo holiday.
Established in 1984, the park is located 50 kilometres from Lahad Datu which takes approximately 1-1.5 hours by car. It contains mud volcanoes which act as a salt-lick resource to the wildlife and birdlife of the area, who gain essential minerals and nutrients from the mud and water springs. Some visitors also decide to make use of the minerals found in the mud on their skin, as they are said to rejuvenate and replenish.
The local mud volcanoes offer the visitor the chance to get face-to-face with some of the rainforest’s most treasured animals, almost like filming a wildlife documentary.