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Rainforest Discovery Centre

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Most visitors to Sepilok come for the animal sanctuaries, and while both Sepilok Orangutang Rehabilitation Centre and Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre are excellent, it’s worth spending time exploring the trails at the Rainforest Discovery Centre too.

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The highlight (quite literally) is the 25 metre-high sturdy steel canopy walk, which stretches 347 metres across the treetops over the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, connecting two observation towers. There’s a separate freestanding tower as well.

The canopy walk is really something. Photo taken in or around Rainforest Discovery Centre , Sandakan, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

The canopy walk is really something. Photo: Sally Arnold

Besides the panoramic views, up here is where you’ll have the greatest opportunity to spot some of the 300 birds species or forest creatures that dwell in the canopy. The platform is two metres wide and strong, built to cater to crowds.

Down on the forest floor, a network of well-signposted trails could keep you exploring all day. Wear sturdy footwear and take plenty of water, and be warned some trails are a little steep.

Keep your eyes peeled at all times. Photo taken in or around Rainforest Discovery Centre , Sandakan, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Keep your eyes peeled at all times. Photo: Sally Arnold

Near the Sepilok Giant Bypass trail, a Yellow Seraya tree (Shorea acatissima), known as the Sepilok Giant, towers an impressive 65 metres, quietly observing the forest as it already has for hundreds ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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