Discover trees that are only found in coastal wetland areas in the tropics.
If you are a nature lover, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a place you must go to during your time in Singapore.
While nature parks and reserves are a plenty in Singapore, this place lets you explore the wetlands and vast mangrove forest which are only found in certain parts of the country. It is also an important site for migratory birds, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to spot wildlife such as mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, water snakes, spiders, monitor lizards and even otters throughout the 202 hectare of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests.
Found in tropical and subtropical tidal areas, mangrove forests can be found on the borders of the freshwater and salt water and they are adapted to grow in coastal conditions.
There are 73 true mangroves species worldwide, and 22 can be found in Sungei Buloh.
There are several trails which make for an easy trek throughout the reserve. The costal trail is about 1,300 metres long and is partially wheelchair accessible. It takes you from the Visitor Centre all the way to the Wetland Centre. There are also observation pods along the trails for you to stop and enjoy nature.
Don’t miss the Mid-canopy walk where you’ll be walking in the forest itself.
After you get to the Wetland Centre, continue your walk with the Migratory Bird Trail, and stop by the Aerie Tower for an awesome view of the area.
You’ll find several observation screens and hides along the way for you to observe nature and wildlife.
To learn more about what you can find at the reserve, visit the exhibition spaces and galleries before setting off on your trail.
If you’re bringing the little ones, your kids will love the Junior Adventure Trail just outside the Visitor Centre.
Free guided walks (in English) are also available. Find out more here.
If you’d like to get up-close to the creatures of the mudflats (coastal wetlands which are form when mud is deposited by tides or rivers), sign up for this interesting guided walk.
Did you know…
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve became Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003.
Sungei Buloh means Bamboo River in Malay, a reflection of the bamboo that once thrived in the area.
Flash photography is not encouraged at the reserve as they may cause nesting failure.
By Muneerah Bee, June 2016
Photos by Muneerah Bee