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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” (184 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sandakan, Malaysia
+60 89-533 780

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Hubby and I love to walk, so we enjoyed walking around the Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre. However we only had time to complete the canopy walk, there's also a 4 hour walk so this is on our list of things to do next time!

Thank Jacquie R
Reviewed 5 days ago

I found our visit very relaxing, just sitting quietly listening to the noises of the forest was bliss. The viewing towers and raised walkway give good views through the canopy but can be busy especially with children.

Thank Stevie-the-Scot
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved walking through this rainforest, experiencing the smells, sounds and serenity. So many beautiful tropical plants and trees, including colourful birds and butterflies to see. The canopy walk, jungle paths and bird viewing towers are well worth a visit.

Thank Michele93
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Educational centre of which our guide Brian was well informed. Nice walk through forest although we did not see any animals. We could hear birds but did not see. Brian stated this is a ‘twitchers’ heaven. Viewing points included climbing stairs so need to be...More

Thank Jan C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place. it gives you the feeling you are in the jungle. Very interesting. Nearby the OU sanctuary

Thank Roy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide here was amazing and taught us how to see beyond the leaves to find the animals. We had an insight into how beautiful the rainforest is and how diverse the animals. The canopy walks give you the chance to view the canopy of...More

Thank stephanie s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have extra time in Sandakan this was an interesting place to visit. They have a tree top walk- if you are good with heights and some information about Borneo wildlife

Thank Liz G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has well-equipped towers for birds lover/visitors to watch the birds( one should bring along binoculars) or just feel the nature and litsen to the birds' chirp. It is a comfortable nature walk with a big lake.

Thank _florence_eprint
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place the canopy walk is excellent and full of ‘twitchers’ looking for good shots who don’t mind showing you where to look, we saw a wild orangutan and a crested eagle with a fresh kill within 10 m of the canopy walk,...More

Thank Tim B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent over an hour just walking around didn’t see much in the way of wild life but saw lots of flora, it was nice to spend the hour just relaxing on the walk round be for the rain came and we gave up! Before...More

Thank Cherpaul
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Kimberly C
4 July 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
4 July 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
26 January 2016|
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Response from Ngan H | Reviewed this property |
About 20km.