Borneo Bird Festival at RDC Sandakan

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Borneo Bird Festival Race

This October, the Borneo Bird Festival at RDC Sandakan will attract birders from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. This will also be the 13th year of the birding event in Sabah.

Over the years, the Borneo Bird Festival or BBF, has attracted many birdwatchers, birders and photographers to this part of Sabah, which is home to over 300 recorded species of birds.

Borneo Bird Festival at RDC Sandakan

The Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) is a strategic location for the birding event due to the multiple facilities available throughout the Sepilok-Kabali Forest Reserve, which is home to an exciting and diverse array of wildlife and vegetation made up of Dipterocarp and mangrove forests.

At the RDC, several nature trails lead through the forest, taking you from tropical mid-montane forest to lowland mangrove swamps. The Sepilok-Kabali Forest Reserve is also home to the world-famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Bornean Sunbear Conservation Centre.

But the star here is the recently fully-completed RDC Rainforest Sky Walk or canopy walk, which is quite an amazing steel structure. The 620-metre-long canopy walk is also perfect for birdwatchers and photographers.

Unlike conventional canopy walks in Malaysia, this version is a solid steel rainforest skywalk that can easily hold hundreds of people anytime. There are three birding towers where birders can go up to spot birds. As I have been birding here for over ten years, you can also read this review of the Rainforest Discovery Centre Canopy Walk I did in 2010.

Rainforest Discovery Centre Skywalk
The recently completed Rainforest Skywalk at RDC is perfect for birdwatchers and photographers.

Borneo Bird Festival 2022

  • Date: 22-23 October (Sat & Sun)
  • Venue: Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) Sepilok, Sandakan
  • Entrance: Free

Registration for the Borneo Bird Race and Photography Contest

For now, I am awaiting the organisers to provide me with the relative information on how you can sign up for the events here. Once I get it, I will update the information here.


I hope to see you at the Borneo Bird Festival at RDC Sandakan this October, as it has been a good two years since I last came here due to the Covid19 lockdowns and so on.

The Borneo Bird Festival 2022 is one of the birding events you should not miss as it takes place on the island of Borneo and the experience of birdwatching here differs from that in Peninsular Malaysia.

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