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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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“canopy walk” (198 reviews)
“bird watching” (25 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sandakan, Malaysia
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+60 89-533 780
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"canopy walk"
in 198 reviews
"suspension bridge"
in 16 reviews
"bird watching"
in 25 reviews
"rainforest discovery centre"
in 42 reviews
"night walk"
in 35 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 23 reviews
"few hours"
in 28 reviews
"flying squirrel"
in 22 reviews
"plants and flowers"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful birds"
in 12 reviews
"pitta"
in 11 reviews
"nice walk"
in 15 reviews
"take your time"
in 11 reviews
"nature lovers"
in 9 reviews
"slow loris"
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"ticket office"
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"wild orangutan"
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Reviewed yesterday

We came for a short visit as part of a wider tour itinerary. Unless you are into flora and fauna or are going to spend a few hours there, then there's not too much here of great interest. We didn't see any bird or wildlife...More

Thank Hinwas07
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an incredibly negative experience for the nightwalk. We booked a place for two people and a minimum of four people is required in order to receive the price of 30 ringgit p/p. Two people dropped out, meaning we didn't reach the minimum. Despite this,...More

Thank HandHtravels
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here is a chance to get up amongst the tree tops in the jungle. Close to Sepilok Orangutan Centre the various towers and walkways lift you into the trees.

Thank Bryan B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fabulous area of protected rainforest with numerous trails way-marked with informative display boards about the flora and fauna of the forest. There is a stunning canopy walk that is 30 metres high and allows you to see into the middle canopy of the forest....More

Thank SimonALeicester
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Congrats to the people of Sandakan. This is a great exhibition of Sabah's flira and fauna but also a great place to wonder at the wildlife as you wander along the well constructed and elevated viewing platforms. Loved it.

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Go, but know they are doing loud maintenance at the park, for what they say will be the next month. The works being conducted was on one of the towers and was horrendously loud. There is no way any birds or wildlife would be hanging...More

Thank binvinnie
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

For those who love being in the outdoors this is a wonderful playground. Take your time .There is so much to see and do. There are towers to climb,canopy walks ,forest walks ,orchid gardens etc. etc. I believe that there night walks are facilitated on...More

Thank klmal61
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

This is one centre of education to discover about the forests of sabah and at the same time watch observe and study the numerous bird species. It has a nice circular path for you to walk and a tree top walkway with 3 observation stations...More

Thank JamesKMTan
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

I stayed at the Sepilok Nature Resort for 4 full days primarily to spend time in the orang-utan and sun bear sanctuaries. The staff at the resort recommended the Discovery Centre so I paid a visit of 5 hours one afternoon. When I was there...More

Thank Rogsim
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

My parents, husband and I visited the Rainforest Discovery Centre and really enjoyed our visit. We didn't see any wildlife apart from the odd lizard, but we really enjoyed walking along the canopy trail looking at all the different trees and plants, and we also...More

Thank Holidaymad
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Charmaine12_11
17 May 2018|
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Response from Me Myself and I | Reviewed this property |
Depends on how much you value your luggage. I would be approaching your lunch venue and asking whether you can leave your bags there (assuming you have minimal - too many people overpack). If acceptable, get your driver to... More
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Wyatt A
29 April 2018|
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Response from AuspiciousDragon | Reviewed this property |
We did a nightwalk with our guide at the RDC. I'd recommend that you contact Joe Harry Z. from toursbylocals, if you google it you should be able to find him, he'll be able to help you out with that.
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reas0nable_traveller
6 March 2018|
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Response from CalHorn | Reviewed this property |
We stayed locally so walked to all three. The Sun bears and orangutans are next to each other, sepilok does close over lunch but the bears do not. The rainforest centre is about 15 minutes walk. There is a bus from sandakan... More
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