Sungei Buloh Nature Park, Singapore
Having see caged birds in Jurong Park and Singapore Zoo, it is great fun to explore the wild open mangrove coastal areas near the Keranji River mouth in northwest Singapore.
Closest MRT is Choa Chu Kang station, Bus SS7 to Woodlands Interchange, then Bus 925.
Admission is free. There is a lot of easy plank walk access but it can be hot, so wear a cap.
Bring along your binoculars or camera zoom for some outstanding shots of wild birds of Singapore.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is where mangroves and wetland wildlife thrive.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is set in a 130 hectars of mangrove, mudflats, pond and secondary forest. It is home to unique plants and animals and migratory birds.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a very good place for birdwatching especially between Sep and Mar where you can see migratory shorebirds or waders.
You could watch a 13 mins video show at the small theatrette. It will show you what to look out for when you go on your own walk.
There are 4 routes to choose from.
Route 1 - a 3km long route. Enjoy the tranquility and peace f the mangrove habitat. You will see lots of huge monitor lizards along the way.
Route 2 - a 5km long route which will lead you to the tower hide and prawn pond. You will walk on the longest boardwalk of the reserve.
Route 3 - a 7km route which will lead you the the inhibitants of the freshwater habitat.
Mangrove Boardwalk - a short 500m walk through the mangrove without getting your feet wet or muddy. This is my favourtie because we were lucky to spot a crocodile (foxcroc44 (dave) spotted it 1st). We were caught in a heavy downpur and had to hid under the shelter.
Sungei Buloh, a mangrove and wetlands reserve located in the North-west of Singapore is a good spot for bird watching and observation of the mangrove swamp habitat.
There may be different migratory birds during different parts of the year. Commonly sighted birds are the kingfisher and different species of herons.
As part of the circuit is unsheltered, bring the hats and umbrellas if you do not wish to get scorched.
I haven't been here myself, but my sister told me that it's quite a nice place for a stroll. You constantly have the monitor lizards (pictured) crossing your path and there are loads of animals & plants to look at.
Throughout the year, you will be able to see - Mangroves, mangrove wildlife like mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, water snakes, birds, spiders, moths, monitor lizard. Resident birds like herons, bitterns, sunbirds, coucals, kingfishers. Freshwater plants
From Sept - March, there are the migratory birds, in particular, shorebirds (egrets, sandpipers, plovers).
They open daily from 7.30am to 7.00pm.
Park Admission : $1.00 per adult & $0.50 per child / student / senior citizen.
Audio-visual Show Mon - Sat: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm.
Sun & Public Holidays: Hourly from 9am to 5pm.
Board TIBS 925 from Woodlands Bus Interchange or Kranji MRT Station. This bus stops at the Park entrance on Sun & Public Holidays. On weekdays and Sat, alight at the Kranji Reservoir Car Park for a 20min walk to the Park.
Pic courtesy from - http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/verts/monitor_lizard.htm
Low tide at Sungei Buloh is a good time to observe the floral and fauna of the mangrove swamp floors.
Floral - aerial roots of mangrove, fallen tree trunks and lichen covered mangrove floors.
Fauna - monitor lizards, crabs, mudskippers, mud lobsters (very difficult to spot, though their homes of upturned mounds of mud are spotted everywhere), angler fish and more.
Tired of listening to traffic sounds? Trek to Kranji Way Sungei Buloh to experience the sound of migratory birds