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Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

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| Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sandakan, Malaysia
+60 89-533 780
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RDC is first and foremost an environmental education centre managed by the Sabah Forestry Department. It has been operating since 1997 but mainly for school visits and organising events for school students and also teacher training courses on environmental education.It was later developed for visitors mainly to sustain the environmental education programme for the future. We formally opened to visitors in August 2007 and is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. However, visitors are allowed to stay until 7 pm for viewing of the flying squirrels at the 347-m long Canopy Walkway, the only such structure in Southeast Asia.The newly revamped Birders Rest is now with a 90 m-long walkway, an open hall, a small centre and toilets. As of Nov 16th 2013, we have a new operator for the Keruing Cafe whom we hope will provide better services for our visitors.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“canopy walk” (181 reviews)
“bird watching” (31 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sandakan, Malaysia
+60 89-533 780

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A magical place. So many different species of birds and such a vast range of flora/fauna. A beautiful walk. A long walk or short drive from the orangutan sanctuary. We did both on the same day.

Thank Zanab J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful views from canopy walk through the forest. Plenty of trails and walks to explore. Night walk also available... Cafe onsite but only offering a fridge of cold drinks; no food etc. Stunning setting and interesting facts about the trees and wildlife. Worth a visit...More

Thank miszy81
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Info boards strategically placed help to understand the diversity of the rainforest. Some lovely trails, walkways and observation towers mean you experience the forest at floor, middle and canopy levels. Well worth a visit while in Sandakan area.

Thank Jonathan E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rainforest centre is wonderfully laid-out and provides a real insight into the rainforest environment, its flora and its fauna. The canopy walkway was the highlight.

Thank Emily A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice experience. Really nice jungle. You can walk and enjoy easyly on yourviwn. Lots of birds. We wanted to do the night walk but they had no guide that day...

Thank iguanawolf6
RDCSepilok, Environmental Educator at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comment.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went very early to try to catch a glimpse of the sleepy rain forest waking up to some early morning due. I can tell you it didn't disappoint! From pigmy squirrels, black squirrels, Kingfishers to wild monkeys. But the icing in the cake was...More

Thank Raymond L
RDCSepilok, Environment Educator at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the comments. We always take into account the comments provided by visitors who visit the RDC.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This high walk way through the jungle gives a great aeriel view of the jungle. As with all things in nature you never know what you will see if anything and you have to hope to luck to see special things. The view from the...More

Thank jhelfgott
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Get here early to view the Birdlife and avoid the worst of the heat. Sturdy sky platforms let you walk high above the forest for views of birdlife. Other walks take you on the floor of the forest. The botanical garden is ordinary but provided...More

Thank Paul N
Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

With nothing to do before our plane left we headed to the rainforest discovery centre for the afternoon. The high rope walk and various observation towers were lovely and we spent s great afternoon relaxing by the lake. Cafe wasn't great with overpriced food but...More

Thank FamilyDadds
Reviewed August 2, 2017

Came here for the canopy walkway in the rain forest. However, the visit was made by an adolescent Orang Utan (apparently named Pugel according to our guide) who, as casually as you like, sauntered down the walkway, visited the shelter, investigated a couple of bins...More

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Kimberly C
July 3, 2016|
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Response from RDCSepilok | Property representative |
Our entrance fee rate for: Malaysian residents: Adult RM7.00 Children (5-17 yrs) RM3.00 Non-residents: Adult RM15.00 Children (5-17 yrs) RM7.00 We do have Keruing Cafe selling drinks and local food.
Kimberly C
July 3, 2016|
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Response from RDCSepilok | Property representative |
Hi Kimberly, thank you for choosing our center as one of your trip. We open everyday from Monday to Friday (8am to 5pm). Entrance fee: Resident: Children - RM3/person (5 yrs old to 17 yrs old) Adults... More
Shamsul Anuar Z
January 26, 2016|
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Response from Ngan H | Reviewed this property |
About 20km.