The Taliwas River Conservation Area is a class 1 (protection) forest reserve
located 36km west of Lahad Datu. It lies along the road to the Danum valley and covers an area of 9546 hectares of lowland rainforest. The forest is not primary, having been logged in the past, but has been regenerating since 1970. Because of this and because the Taliwas reserve is not as remote as the Danum valley, the wildlife in the Taliwas reserve is not as rich and varied as that in the Danum valley.
The Taliwas reserve is managed by the Sabah Foundation (Yayasan Sabah) and is more of a recreational place than an area for scientific research. The reserve can be visited on a day trip or with an overnight stay. Bookings can be arranged with the Sabah Foundation.
How to get to the Taliwas river conservation area
It's possible to drive to the reserve with a sedan car directly from Lahad Datu (although a permission is needed to pass the checkpoint). Approximately the last 20 km before the reserve are a dirt track.
There is a camping ground and also chalets with fan (A/C power between 5 pm and 11 pm).