Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

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Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
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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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tazzat7
Tonbridge, UK668 contributions
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Fabulous walking trails but even better tree canopy walk. There are 3 towers along the canopy walk allowing you to climb even higher in the canopy. The canopy walk is very safe and well maintained with amazing views. There is also a suspension bridge over the lake and plenty of places to stop and observe the wildlife or just have a rest. We found 2 toilet blocks and a cafe which sold reasonably priced drinks - definitely needed in the heat!
Written 8 July 2022
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Heikki P
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Saw so many different bird species in such a small area. Canopy walks were great way to get higher point of view. Almost 1000 year old tree was pretty awesome. Even saw one orangutan there while exploring the area. Nightwalk was excellent too, saw tarsier etc. Must visit for nature and wildlife lovers, 5/5.
Written 18 June 2022
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InTheMomentManhattan
New York City, NY1,121 contributions
My wife and I visited the Discovery Center on a night safari. We were able to glimpse flying squirls, king fishers, and other nocturnal wildlife during our visit.
Written 17 May 2022
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jen1jen
Lausanne, Switzerland25 contributions
I was seriously surprised how good the evening walking tour was. We saw amazing flying squirrels, slow lorries, turtles, mouse deer, sleeping birds and all kind of insects. The guides were very good on spotting the animals and telling about them.

I highly recommend this tour. Just be prepared with good shoes and long pants.
Written 3 July 2020
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yvessh
Shanghai, China32 contributions
Had the chance to do the night walk, saw many many animals, the guide was super useful and explained many interesting things without being too boring.

The whole atmosphere and sentiment was incredible, nothing but the noises of the wind, animals, insects and birds, it felt like being in Jurassic Park!!

Absolutely loved it !!
Written 18 April 2020
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Barry H
Bournemouth, UK637 contributions
We had a terrific experience doing a guided night tour (with Erik from SI Tours). I cannot believe how they can find so many things to see in the pitch black!
Flying squirrels, vipers having just consumed their prey (yuk), various beautiful birds and huge insects, a slow loris, a tarsier (very rare I believe) as well as identifying various trees and plants. Thoroghly recommend.
Written 19 March 2020
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Chris B
Palma de Mallorca, Spain66 contributions
Was Worth a visit however didn’t see any wildlife. Good to walk along the tree canopy & see the birds and different foliage. An experience but slightly disappointed. We did go independently maybe an experienced guide would have seen things we didn’t!! None available.
Written 19 March 2020
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N.morgan
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A very relaxing day walking around the RDC. Didn't get to see much wildlife but could here a lot going on. Everthing well signposted with numerous different paths of various difficulties. Plenty of information about different birds, was just unfortunate not to see any. Hard trek to reach the "big one", a huge tree, but worth the effort. Would have given 5 stars if I had been a little luckier with the wildlife
Written 18 March 2020
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Fiona C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates49 contributions
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This was a great visit and we thought we would only spend a couple of hours but we spent all day. We ate at the cafe a little more expensive than some others but not too bad. We came back for the night walk which was a bit too formal and serious for my teens and we didnt see much to be honest but was worth being in the rainforest at sunset where we did encounter an orang utan and her baby.
Written 10 March 2020
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Steven_Teo
Tawau, Malaysia542 contributions
My title is because I am a local and I have been to better ones. I was there about 10 am, which is not an ideal time in our hot weather. Except for the canopy walk, the trails are not shady enough. And it makes the experience even hotter. The only respite was the air-con Discovery Centre. I only heard a few bird calls and did not see any birds or any other wildlife.
Written 8 March 2020
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