Nestled within the lush vegetation of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Rainforest Discovery Centre evolved from one of the areas smallest environmental education centres into 1996 into one fo Sabah's most popular.

The centre is 1.5 km from the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation centre, the canopy walk and the rainforest discovery trails.

Outside the exhibit hall filled with child-friendly displays, a botanical garden presents samples of tropical plants. There's a gentle 1km lakeside walking trail, and a series of eight canopy towers connected by walkways to give you a bird's-eye view of the trees.

During the highly recommended night walks you may spot tarsiers, slow loris, civets, flying squirrels and other night critters.

It's best to get there either at 8am or 4pm, as wildlife tends to hibernate during the sweltering hours in the middle of the day.

It takes around 1½ hours to walk the trails and climb the towers. Although it doesn't correspond with the best bird and wildlife spotting times, it is still a good place to while away time between feedings at the SORC.

Paddleboats are available to ride around the inviting lake near the centre's entrance.