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Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

#6 of 30 things to do in Sandakan Features Animals
| 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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  • Average11%
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“canopy walk” (181 reviews)
“bird watching” (31 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sandakan, Malaysia
+60 89-533 780

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Reviewed yesterday

This high walk way through the jungle gives a great aeriel view of the jungle. As with all things in nature you never know what you will see if anything and you have to hope to luck to see special things. The view from the...More

Thank jhelfgott
Reviewed 6 days ago

Get here early to view the Birdlife and avoid the worst of the heat. Sturdy sky platforms let you walk high above the forest for views of birdlife. Other walks take you on the floor of the forest. The botanical garden is ordinary but provided...More

Thank Paul N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With nothing to do before our plane left we headed to the rainforest discovery centre for the afternoon. The high rope walk and various observation towers were lovely and we spent s great afternoon relaxing by the lake. Cafe wasn't great with overpriced food but...More

Thank FamilyDadds
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for the canopy walkway in the rain forest. However, the visit was made by an adolescent Orang Utan (apparently named Pugel according to our guide) who, as casually as you like, sauntered down the walkway, visited the shelter, investigated a couple of bins...More

Thank drc225
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a highlight of our visit to Sabah - glad I took a tripod to ensure some decent pictures were taken.

Thank AlanMichaelWard
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really love this place and I would like to recommend this place to all photographer especially who loves nature. You might want to capture every angle in this place because the views are really beautiful.

Thank Carmella D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Come for the whole day, twice and do the night walks as well. You might see big things, hidden things and stinging things, get stuck in a down pour, eaten by fire ants, and fluttered on by all species of flight. You felt alone in...More

Thank Damian P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the catwalk at SRDC for birding in the morning. But the best part was their nature night walk. We saw flying squirrels, a slow lories, a mouse deer and a tarsier! A must do!

Thank Sirena670
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here over several days on an organised birdwatching tour and loved it. The trails are well marked and bursting with birds and wildlife, the canopy walk is excellent, and the guided night walk is really worthwhile - we saw giant flying squirrels, mouse deer,...More

Thank Lismer
RDCSepilok, environmental educators at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comment.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The walks are nice if you just like to read stuff, the flowers, the birds, etc are not to be seen... perhaps, it was the time of my visit. The orchids were not blooming and the birds were sleeping

Thank travel2findoneself
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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.