4D3N Bird Watching at Tabin

Tour is listed under  |   Borneo Land Tour, East Coast Borneo, Eco-travel  | 

Day 01 : Lahad Datu – Airport / Tabin Wildlife

Pick up from Lahad Datu airport and transfer to Tabin Wildlife for approximately 1hr and 30mins drive. Upon arrival, register and check into a charming timber lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, nestled within the rainforest. The lodge comes complete with private veranda and hot water shower, a most welcome luxury in the forest.  Explore the vicinity of the resort and be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of bird life.  The open-sided Sunbird Café is surrounded by greenery and flowering plants which attract a number of brightly coloured birds. A great and adorable place for birds lovers as there are many species of birds can be seen.  As you sip your coffee, your eyes will be kept busy following active species such as the Black-backed Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Red-throated Sunbird, Malaysian Blue Flycatcher and the Black and Yellow Broadbills. A bird hide facing the flowing Lipad river provides a wonderful site for viewing birds.  Huge boulders in the river are a favourite perch for the Oriental Darter, Stork-billed Kingfisher and Lesser Fish Eagle, especially after rain. A happy family of otters have been seen up and down this part of the  river, to the delight of guests. Take a stroll along the road nearby the resort.  White-bellied Munia can be commonly found in the bushes, and a family of large black and chestnut Lesser Coucal sometimes make an appearance here.  The rare Storm’s Storks have made Tabin their home and can sometimes be seen.  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 and Wrinkled Hornbill either flying in groups across the sky, or in pairs perching on bare branches.  Let the guide share with you the tales about the origins of the Helmeted Hornbill’s calls.

In the evening, after dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a trip to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.  The Brown Wood-owl and Savanna Nightjar are some of the species that you may sight along the reserve road.  The Leopard Cat, Civet cats, the nomadic Bearded Pig, the Red Giant Flying Squirrel and perhaps even to the Clouded Leopard and Slow Loris might be sighted. Enjoy night views at Tabin and overnight stay.

Includes : Transportation from the airport, entrance fees, guide, guided tour, accommodation and meals (L/D).

Day 02 : Full Day Tabin Wildlife

Early morning, enjoy your breakfast while you enjoy the sounds of birds chirping. After breakfast, depart for the active Lipad mud volcano with packed lunch. After jungle- trekking for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano where you can try to identify the multitude of animal footprints. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare area and its surrounding thick forest.  Finsch’s Bulbul,  endemic Bornean and Black-throated Wren-babblers,  White-crowned Forktail, Dark-throated Oriole, Malaysian Blue Fly-catcher are some of the species that can be seen around the area.  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 Jambu Fruit Dove with its wonderful coloured chest. After dinner, go for a night walk to discover more nocturnal bird species and overnight at the lodge.

Includes : Guided Tour, Guide, Accommodation and meals (B/L/D)

Day 03 : Full Day Tabin Wildlife

Wake up very early in the morning and have breakfast. 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.  You will be entertained by wild bird songs and the calls of Borneon Gibbons. The Rufous Woodpecker,  Bronzed Drongo, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, Speckled Piculet, Chestnut-capped Thrush, White-fronted Falconet, Long-tailed Parakeet, Temminck’s Sunbird, Purple-throated Sunbird and are some of the other species that can be seen .  The abundance of wild ginger plant attracts a variety of colourful birds, including the Thick Bellied Flower pecker. In the afternoon, enjoy your picnic lunch.

If time permits, you will trek along the Tomanggong Road where the Giant Pitta has been sighted.    The White-fronted Falconet, Long-tailed Parakeet and Orange-backed Woodpecker as well as other good birds, the Little Spiderhunters, Yellow-rumped Flowerpeckers may also be sighted.  You will most likely be able to observe Long-tailed Macaque and Orangutans along this road. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Includes : Guided Tour, Guide, Accommodation and meals (B/L/D)

Day 04 : Tabin Wildlife / Lahad Datu – Airport

After breakfast, you are free at your own leisure. You can either relax in Sunbird Café while enjoying more birds in the surrounding garden, or venture to the riverside bird hide to discover further species.   Have an early lunch before depart to Lahad Datu airport for your departure home.

Includes : Transportation to airport, guide and meals (B/L)

Price: RM 2646 per person (Min 2)