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Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

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Address: | Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sandakan, Malaysia
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+60 89-533 780
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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US$158.00*
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Full-Day Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey Tour from Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu
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US$440.00*
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Wildlife and Eco-Tour from Sandakan with Private Transfer

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This was the first place we went when we hopped off the bus. So glad we did! Great introduction to the area, cool flora and fauna, interesting information, very well-kept... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the first place we went when we hopped off the bus. So glad we did! Great introduction to the area, cool flora and fauna, interesting information, very well-kept facilities (for SE Asia), and a delightful walk. The Canopy Walk is remarkable if you've never been in a rainforest before and it's a place to be quite and enjoy.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Learnt a lot about plants and the rainforest here. Much to look at, but the canopy walk was monochromatic and we really struggled to see bird or animal life. So felt a bit shortchanged after paying a camera fee!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to the Discovery Centre from our hotel after lunch .It is a good place to walk around you can see plenty of birds as you are walking threw the tops of some of the trees . There are plenty of walks and paths to go around only wish we had gone in more sensible shoes so we could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only did the night walk and find it very enjoyable. Guides were very good and friendly. Oir group was 14 people, smaller groups will work better

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Close to the Sun Bears and Orang Utans. RM15 entrance fee, no camera fee. Cool elevated walkway, lots of birds, occasional animals (I was unlucky and never saw any). Really well maintained and clean. Popular for hikes and trails. Bring good shoes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Within walking distance or if its too hot a short taxi ride from the lodges. Link in with visits to the Orangutans and the Sunbear conservation centres and you have a 2 or 3 day break . You certainly get up close to the tree tops if you so wish or wander around the numerous walks at ground level. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The canopy walk itself is a good viewing platform for not only for bird watching but orangutans also. Five minutes into arriving we saw a mother and a baby orangutan hanging in the trees looking right at us. Kind of funny as the orangutan centre boasts how you can see them naturally but entices them with food, where as here... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice centre . Very well laid out lots of information on local animals plus local culture. You could be there a long time reading but its all interesting. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting trail but not really a forest walk as one did not get a feeling of the wilderness. may be a little manicured for the visitors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great chance to see wildlife, including some endemic birds of Borneo. We saw, among others, hornbills, blue-eared kingfisher and oriental dwarf kingfisher, and a scarlet-rumped trogon. Great walking trails, well maintained and marked, botanical garden where you can also see some endemic plants. As much as we could understand, there's no closing time, so you can stay as long as... More 

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