20 Years Later: Sabah’s Longest Canopy Walkway Now Complete

Sabah’s longest canopy walkway — the Rainforest Skywalk — is now 620 metres long and stands at 25 metres high. (Left: Image by @aereonwong. Right: Image by @mhanifz.)

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The canopy walkways on the island of Borneo are some of the most impressive in the world, allowing tourists to appreciate nature from a different perspective — high in the trees, where they can observe intriguing species and get a real sense of life in the Bornean Rainforest.

The Rainforest Skywalk, one of Sandakan’s most recognisable attractions and one of the main draws of the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), an environmental education facility run by the Sabah Forest Service, has finally been completed after over 20 years of on-and-off construction and extensions.

The walkway, which is now 620 metres long after the installation of the final 250-metre extension, is now Sabah’s longest canopy walkway. Perched at about 25 metres above ground, it’ll be a safe and good facility for visitors and researchers at the RDC in Sepilok.

It’ll be especially ideal for birdwatchers who may be able to glimpse some 250 species of birds found here — such as hornbills, kingfishers, pitas, and the Bornean bristlehead.

The canopy walkway provides spectacular views of the lush Kabili-Sepilok Rainforest Reserve that’s the home of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Besides these, visitors of the Rainforest Skywalk can expect other wildlife viewings, including spotting flying squirrels at dusk — another popular activity along the skywalk.

With the completion of this skywalk, the first Borneo Bird Festival, which has attracted many enthusiasts to Sandakan in the past, will make a strong comeback this October.

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