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Borneo Bird Festival 2022 in Sabah

Sabah Borneo Bird Festival 2022

For those who are into birds, bird photography or birding in general, the Borneo Bird Festival 2022 is scheduled to take place at the Rainforest Discovery Centre or RDC at Sepilok in Sandakan, Sabah.

This birdwatching event is also open to all walks of life, namely nature lovers and anyone interested to know more about the flora and fauna of the Bornean Rainforest. The bird festival is also scheduled to take place from 22-23 October.

Borneo Bird Festival 2022 in Sabah

Sabah Bird Festival
The registration centre at the RDC in Sepilok.

This birding event marks the 13th year it is taking place in Sabah and back at its home ground of Sandakan. Previously, the event was also held at the Kinabalu National Park and the Crocker Range National Park.

However, the Rainforest Discovery Centre at Sepilok is still the optimum choice for the birding event as the main venue, mainly due to the logistics and facilities found here. Accommodations are also plenty in the main Sepilok area, while some world-class attractions are available nearby.

During the two-day birding festival here, the main activity is no other than the bird race and bird photography contest, which attracts birders from all over Malaysia and also from neighbouring countries.

Bird-related equipment vendors also take the opportunity to showcase some of the latest birding products during the fair. Vendors include regional bird clubs, local forestry departments, state tourism boards, NGOs, and other nature-related vendors.

The Borneo Bird Festival 2022 also focuses on flora and fauna education for the younger generation, namely the primary and secondary schools. Special programs are also conducted to create awareness about birds in the rainforest.

Activity Borneo Bird Festival
The list of activities for the Borneo Bird Festival 2022.
Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre Sabah
One of the NGOs at the festival.

Borneo Bird Festival 2022 in Sabah

  • Date: 22-23 October 2022
  • Time: 7.00 AM to 5.00 PM
  • Venue: Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah
  • Entrance: RM7 for MyKad, RM20 for Passport
  • Website: Borneo Bird Festival


Sabah Important Birding Areas
A list of the Sabah Important Birding Areas (IBA).

For those interested in attending this unique event and festival, please make sure you make your bookings in advance, namely those coming from out of Sabah. For the locals, you should also consider where to stay in Sepilok as there are limited hotels and resorts available.

The Borneo Bird Festival 2022 in Sabah is one of the most notable events to attend, especially if you are new to birding or a seasoned birdwatcher.

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