This birding programme focuses on the lowland Dipterocarp Forests of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, home to an amazingly rich diversity of birds, including rare and endemic species, due to the abundance of food plants. The relatively low canopy allows sufficient natural light to make bird viewing and photography a rewarding experience.
Drive one and a half hours from Lahad Datu town to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Check into Tabin Wildlife Resort, nestled within the rainforest. The lodge comes complete with a private veranda, air-conditioner, ceiling fan and hot water shower in the forest.
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, trek along the Tomanggong 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. (Lunch / Dinner)
Depart for the active Lipad mud volcano by trekking 20 minutes. This spot serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife and birds. Across from the observation tower, bare branches of towering trees are favourite perching places 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 birds 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 / Dinner)
Depart for birding along the road leading to the Core Area of Tabin Wildlife Reserve. 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. Depart from Tabin Wildlife Resort. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Rates: From MYR2500 per pax (Twin Sharing)
Validity Period: 1 April 2013 – 31 December 2014
Package includes: Scheduled return transfer Lahad Datu / Tabin / Lahad Datu, accommodation, meals as stated, guided tours and activities.
Tabin Wildlife Holidays Sdn. Bhd.
Lot 11-1, 1st. Floor, Blok A, Damai Point, Jalan Damai, 88300