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Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

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Address: | Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sandakan, Malaysia
Phone Number:
+60 89-533 780
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

RDC is first and foremost an environmental education centre managed by the...

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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Full-Day Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey Tour from Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu
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Wildlife and Eco-Tour from Sandakan with Private Transfer

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A stretch of forest that is worth visiting on its own but is even better thanks to the canopy walk, a very informative visitors' centre and a plant garden. You can take lots of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rob S
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A stretch of forest that is worth visiting on its own but is even better thanks to the canopy walk, a very informative visitors' centre and a plant garden. You can take lots of paths and go up observation towers to look over the forest at different places. Perhaps a better place to see plants and birds than larger mammals... More 

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rainforest discovery center is not mandatory. The best thing is the canopy walkway but it isn't hanging bridges in the trees but a hard steel construction through the forest, which was a little disappointing for us. In the morning, it seems to be a great place to observe the birds but in day time there is very few of... More 

Thank Valérie D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on one of the guided night walks (with James and his spotter). Apparently you see more wildlife in the evening at it's a bit cooler. It's really reasonably priced and close to lots of the accommodation in sepilok. We saw so many different species and it was a really great experience, with a great variety of noises and... More 

Thank Tess_and_company
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for a walk in the jungle. We went on a very hot afternoon and didn't see much, but it was still great to walk around. The canopy walk was the highlight. We followed some photographers around for a bit who were playing bird calls (this is illegal in the centre) and managed to see some... More 

Thank N5885NHryanh
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The canopy walk was great and the views over the rain forest were good. Unfortunately we didn't see much wildlife, only a few birds which were too far away to get good photos. On a different day I'm sure it would have been better

Thank jonlaw29
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice way to spend half a day. There are great views from the canopy walks and the towers. There is a nice restaurant there with good local food. Bring ponchos or be prepared to get wet. From Sandakan we paid 120 MYR for a return taxi- 50 MYR each way, and he waits for you for 20 MYR. No need... More 

Thank SporeFlyer
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a wet day splashing through puddles traversing the various paths ... interesting displays of many different kinds of tropical flora and fauna and well maintained. Original rainforest it seems with towering podocarps everywhere. Loved the stillness and peacefulness in the drizzling rain.

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here on a very humid day. Walked the treetop canopy and saw an orangutan quite close in the trees. Did not see any bird life. Quite a few towers to climb to get higher into the treetops. Trail walks of varying distances. Very peaceful

Thank Helen P
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was amazing, so many different varieties of trees visible from the walkway. We even saw an orangutan covering itself with branches to shelter from the rain.

Thank Redruby15
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Is amazing place to see the jungles! The hike is easy route but a bit steep at times towards the sepilok tree! Huge tree! Worth a visit, feeling refresh ! You can go yourself without any guide is easy!

Thank Calynwlc

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