We thought it a good idea to get out and get some sunshine to get over our jetlag. What better way than to walk around a park .
We got a taxi to take us out to the Taman Pertanian Malaysia ( agroforestry theme park). It was around 4km from the hotel.
The park is a blend of landscaped gardens and forest areas, designed to emphasise ecological values.
The park has attractive lakes, gardens, arboretums, animals, birds in an aviary, and places for forest walks as well as a canopy walkway.
It was a very interesting park and we stayed most of the day.
Taman Alam Kuala Selangor is a 290 hectare nature park. It comprises a variety of habitats, the secondary forest, mangrove foreat, and the brackish water lake, form the major eco- system.
This complex eco-system supports many animals and birds. They have recorded 156 species of birds here, of which 57 are migratory.
To aid in birdwatching, two watchtowers and hides have been constructed, There is also a boardwalk through the mangroves. It really doesn't go all the way through, when you reach the end you turn around and walk back to where you started.
We spent several hours sitting on the lake watching the birds and the monkeys playing behind us. On the trails we saw Monitor Lizards, other kinds of monkeys, and Brawney Kites soaring overhead.
We took a wrong turn on one trail and walked for ever trying to get back to the park headquarters. Was I ever glad to see that when we finally found it.
I donno whether you could see the picture shown. I've shoot those during we've boating to look for a fire flies. It was really beautiful. They are blinking like light on the christmas tree. You can only see those during night time and even gorgeous when it after rain.
You need to get share taxi to Kampung Kuantan to watch those fire flies. It will cost about RM30 round trip.
The distances is about 5-6km.
Paddy fields are a typical feature of rice growing countries in South East Asia including Malaysia.
Paddy fields are often found adjacent to areas such as rivers or marshes as they do require plenty of water for irrigation.
Not too far far from Kuala Selangor you can stop by the road to see the bright verdant fields of Asia's much beloved cereal crop.
I have classified this destination as "Off The Beaten Path" as following my suggestion of visiting the KSNP involves lot of walking.
The pressure to generate more land for agriculture and for people's housing has systematically reduced the whatever is left of forest land, here including the swampy mangrove forest. The Kuala Selangor estuary area could not escape that fate too. Thanks to concerned party a tiny strip of land at the estuary was set aside as a public park.
The land set aside, was reconstructed and then rehabilitated. This is where the Kuala Selangor Nature Park now sits. The selected area now contained a narrow but pristine strip of mangrove forest, a large parcel of dried swampland converted into a secondary forest and lastly a series of ponds.
Water to the drainage canals and the ponds were regulated by the sluice gate, to maintain a certain level and to drain excess rain water.
When it was completed, those fauna still seeking refuge in the region gathered themselves into this sanctuary. Good - also making the sighting of their presence easier.
For nature lovers, some of the more common wildlife, like Monitor Lizards, Otters, Porcupine and Tortoises, they need not travel vast distance to remote forest or trekked great distances in to deep forest to get a glimpse of them. Here in Kuala Selangor, just leave it to your luck. You walk through the couple or more few kilometers of the ring bund and they will be there near the track.
The ambience here like magic transform this wooded wasteland into an oasis for local as well as migratory birds. Recorded so far were over 200 species that made their stop over and those residents of our forest.
The boardwalk, as a 3rd attempt, now made of concrete for durability in the shape of a square, cuts through the mangrove forest. Quitely and slowly stroll through offers a good insight as to the flora, birds and fauna of the mangrove forest.
Entrance to the Park is located at the edge of the old sector of Kuala Selangor town. Opening times are from 8.30am till 5.00 pm daily. Entrance fees is only Rgt 4 with discount for members of the Malaysian nature Society.
Use protective clothing against the hot sun as some stretch of the bund walk is without shade. Also arm yourself with mosquitoes repellants. So far leeches are hardly encountered. Lastly do bring enough water to drink.