Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

Situated 23 kilometres from Sandakan Town and not too far from the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, the RDC’s main highlights are its 363m long canopy walkway, exhibition halls, the Plant Discovery Garden, the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, environmental education programmes and a small lake with a suspension bridge.

The RDC also gives visitors a chance to get intimate with nature through its Nature Experience programme which includes a guided walk to the Plant Discovery Garden, Rainforest Walk and indoor/outdoor activities.  The night walk is also highly recommended to appreciate most of the rainforest scene. Most visitors would enjoy the anticipation to watch the Red Giant flying squirrel coming out around dusk time.

In 2009, RDC is internationally recognized as Important Bird Area (IBA) and will often be the host venue for the annual Borneo Bird Festival which attracts the participation of birding enthusiasts from all over the world. If you are lucky, you can spot the endemic Bornean Bristlehead, Blue Headed Pitta, Wallace’s Hawk -Eagle, Great Argus, Blue-banded Kingfisher and more.

The Rainforest Discovery Centre is open daily with a minimal fee for visitors.

Night Walk
At RDC, you will have the best experience of the rainforest! The 620 m-long Rainforest Skywalk lets you discover life in the treetops. The many looped trails provide many hiking possibilities. You will find many informative panels to read about along the main trails. Free in the evenings? Book yourself a spot in our daily night walks at our Ticketing Counter (6-8 pm, RM30/person, first-come, first-served basis) and see rarely-seen flying squirrels, tarsiers, slow lorises and many more!

Product Contact

Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) Forest Research Centre,
Sepilok, P. O. Box 1407,
90715 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.
Contact Person: Ms Cecilia

Article last reviewed: September 6, 2023

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