Rainforest Discovery Centre


"Sabah’s Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) is regarded as one of the best environmental education centres in the state. Located within the most accessible natural rainforest in Sabah, the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, which is about 23 km away from Sandakan town, the RDC aims to provide visitors with the opportunity to experience nature up-close while educating them on the importance of rainforest conservation. "

The RDC includes an exhibition hall to provide a brief introduction to the various plant species available in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, a Plant Discovery Garden, environmental education programmes, and a small lake.

The centre also provides a system of properly marked jungle trails, with plenty of signboards along the way, which enables visitors to navigate through the dense forest to observe nature via different paths.

Among the wildlife that can be seen there include civets, slow lorises, flying squirrels, tarsiers, mouse-deer, and orangutans, as well as several bird species that reside in the lower part of the tropical forest.

The RDC is also considered as one of the most diverse plant repositories in the country, showcasing a wide range of species, including pitcher plant and 250 types of orchids. Don’t forget to check out the Sepilok Giant, a yellow seraya tree, towering at 65 m and estimated to be 800 to 1,000 years old.

Besides that, the centre is also a bird watchers’ paradise. In fact, it is one of the biggest bird watching spots in Sabah and the venue for its annual Borneo Bird Festival, a unique event that attracts a lot of bird enthusiasts from all over the world.

A 347-m long and 25-m high steel canopy walkway system that leads visitors to the observation towers, provides an excellent spot for bird watchers to view over 300 bird species here, including both migratory and endemic bird species like rhinoceros hornbill, black-and-crimson pitta, crested jay, scarlet minivet, blue-headed pitta, and malkohas, just to name a few.

The RDC is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; however, the trails and canopy walkway will close at 8:00 pm. Entrance fees range from RM3 to RM15.

How to get there

The RDC is about 23 km from Sandakan town and just a stone's throw away from the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. Taxis are available, and many locals would know the exact location of this place.

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