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Kuala Selangor Nature Park

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Who would have thought? A mere hour and a half from the bustle and flurry of the city lies a haven where human, animal and bird life all can find peace and tranquillity. Situated at the mouth of the Selangor River lies the Kuala Selangor Nature Park, haven of resident and migratory birds (from as far as Siberia and Northern China) and a host of other amazing wildlife.

Kuala Selangor Nature Park is a unique slice of landscape made up of 497 acres (201 hectares) of secondary forest; formerly a mangrove forest. After the land was reclaimed along the coast, the mangrove forest was unable to sustain itself. Thus the secondary forest is now mainly dominated by strangling figs and other coastal trees like the Cordia dichtama; along with the mangrove fern. Mangroves however still cover about 234 acres (95 hectares) of the park. These trees have been allowed to rejuvenate within the boundaries of the park.

There are four clearly marked trails varying from 30 minutes to 80 minutes - maps of which are available at the entry point.

One of the trails has the flora marked with explanation.

Trail

Distance

Return Time

Egret 80min

550m

30min

Macaque

436m

25min

Eagle

988m

50min

Langur

1100m

80min

 

However, unless one is a seasoned walker, a guide familiar with the flora and fauna of the area is required. For the untrained ear and eye, the subtle nuances, which the nature park is infused with requires interpretation. We were fortunate enough to meet with an experienced guide who invited us to join his small group. Immediately, the park took on a new dimension. Both land and sky were brimming with life. We chanced upon several monitor lizards ambling lazily along, a pretty white breasted king-fisher, a flock of herons taking rest, beautiful silver leaf monkeys peering curiously from their tree perches, cheeky long tailed macaques scurrying from tree to tree, storks, egrets and mudskippers. The several brahminy kites soaring above made us acutely aware of the expanse and breadth of the park. Unfortunately, the afternoon sun was too hot for the frolicking otters but there certainly were a lot of droppings along the path to remind us of their presence.

Our 'adopted' guide also pointed out to us an abundance of a local plant called mengkudu (noni) believed to have a range of healing properties. Its young shoots when heated over fire, applied to cuts and then bandaged is said to speed up the healing process. Its fruit when juiced is believed to have cancer-curing properties.

Exploring the young mangrove forest known to comprise of 13 species is another highlight not to be missed. To make access into the mangroves easier, two wooden boardwalks have been constructed although one has been closed for a while now for safety reasons. One boardwalk stops in the middle of the mangrove forest (under repair at the time of visit) and the other leads right to the mudflats into the Straits of Malacca.

This walk through the mangroves provides an interesting contrast to the greenery of the secondary forest. During low tide one can have the luxury of observing the teeming animal life in the soft mud. Here one can take in a scenic view of the fine Avecennia forest and also observe the cockle and fishing boats in the near distance. A note of caution: be well prepared for the mosquitoes. Wearing a light cotton long-sleeved top and long pants is highly advisable. Arm yourself with insect repellent and try to avoid keeping still for prolonged periods.

In the centre of the park, a man-made bird wading lake stands picturesquely; the brackish water is taken from the estuary of the Selangor River. The lake provides a roosting and feeding site for the many bird species. Here, at the height of the migratory bird season, normally around September - a large variety of birds find their way to this haven. Seeking respite from the winter months the birds come from as far away as northern China and Siberia. As many as 100,000 wading birds of 30-odd species have been recorded to converge here at the height of the season. The season lasts until April of the following year.

At least 156 resident and migratory species have been sighted over the years. They include shrikes, kingfishers, pond herons, bee-eaters, water cocks and a variety of waders. The rare Norman Greenshank and Mangrove Pitta have also been spotted here. Avid bird watchers (as well as amateurs alike) should find quite an oasis here. Situated around the lake system are a number of little huts/hides and towers where one can observe the different bird species - especially water birds and waders. Park officers advise that the best time for bird watching would be during the early morning or the late evening, when the weather is cooler.

Chalets are available for hire for those wanting to spend more time at the park especially for early risers wanting to catch the early bird! The chalets have tap water and electricity, and much needed (!) mosquito nets as well as fans. Bedding is provided and all one needs to come prepared with are personal belongings, toiletries and bath towels.

All in all, the Kuala Selangor Nature Park holds the promise of discoveries of all sorts. The dominance of ferns and creepers, in the different lights of daytime and evening time, gives one quite a surreal feel - almost like an enchanted forest. There is a sense of peace and stillness one draws from being there. The beauty of the ferny, green secondary forest contrasts against the textured browns of the mangroves, together with the calmness of the lake standing pretty in the midst of park leaves one with a feeling of deep appreciation of Nature's abundance.

It is definitely worth a visit.

article written by Cynthia Lim. 2002

Bird watching

Birdwatchers would find it a great time to go during the migratory period from August till April
What to look out for:

Beware of the long tailed macaques usually found loitering around the entrance to the park. They can get a little too boisterous and if you're with food, they may approach for some. The park rangers strongly discourage visitors from feeding them…smart as the monkeys are, the next time they see a visitor-they would expect to be fed and if they do not receive the same response, they may turn on unsuspecting trekkers.

A large aviary housing the endangered milky storks. A breeding programme is conducted in the aviary to help boost the dwindling population of these birds

Extra Info A birdlist of some of the birds found at KSNP. - both migratory and resident:

- Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Great Heron, Great Egret, Chinese Pond Heron, Striated (Little) Heron, Yellow Bittern

- Black Baza, Brahminy Kite, White-Bellied Sea Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Black-thighed Falconet

- Red Junglefowl (especially at Trail D), White Breasted Waterhen, Watercock, Common Snipe, Marsh Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Mongolian Plover, Rufous-necked Stint

- Pink-Necked Pigeon, Zebra Dove, Cuckoo

- Koel, Chested-Bellied Malkoha, Chestnut-Breasted Malkoha, Greater Coucal

- Collared Scops-Owl, Large-Tailed Nightjar - Asian Palm Swift, Little Swift

- Common Kingfisher, White-Throated Kingfisher, Black-Capped Kingfisher, Stork-Billed Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher

- Blue-Throated Bee-Eater, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater

- Sunda Woodpecker, Laced Woodpecker

- Mangrove Whistler, Pied Fantail, Ashy Drongo

- Common Iora, Black-Naped Oriole, Ashy Minivet

- Common Myna, Jungla Myna, Hill Myna, Brown Shrike Asian Glossy Starling

- Barn Swallow, Pacific Swallow, Red-Rumped Swallow - Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher, Magpie Robin

- Yellow-Vented Bulbul, Olive Winged Bulbul

- Oriental White-Eye, Yellow-Bellied Prinia

- Common Tailorbird, Ashy Tailorbird

- Arctic Warbler, Striped-Tit Warbler, Abbot's Babbler

- Great Tit, White-Rump Munia, Scaly-Breasted Munia

- Forest Wagtail, Plain-Throated Sunbird, Olive-Backed Sunbird,Ruby-Cheeked Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter

 

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Tours

Hrs

Day of Operations

Departure

Min Pax

Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Kuala Lumpur City Tour
(Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.00

2.00

2

-

60

30

Country & Batu Caves
(Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.00

2.00

2

-

60

30

Fullday KL City & Country (Itinerary)

9

Daily

9.00

-

2

Entrance fees & Lunch

230

160

KL Night Tour (Itinerary)

5

Daily

-

5.00

2

Entrance fee
Dinner & Show

180

115

Garden & Parks Tour (Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.30

-

2

Entrance to Bird Park, Butterfly Park & Orchid Garden

150

95

Templer's Park Tour (Itinerary)

3.5

Daily

9.30

-

2

-

120

80

KL Cultural & Heritage (Itinerary)

4

Daily

9.30

-

2

-

120

80

A Day In Rainforest (Itinerary)

4

Daily

9.30

-

2

-

180

150

National Zoo & School of Hard Knock (Itinerary)

4

Daily

9.30

-

2

Entrance to Zoo & Course Fee

120

100

Putrajaya Tour (Itinerary)

5

Daily

9.00

-

2

Entrance to Agr. Park & Perahu Ride

135

90

Sunway Lagoon (Itinerary) **

8

Daily

9.30

-

2

5 parks – Water, Amusement, Wildlife, Extreme & Scream Park only (excl bungy jump, G-Force, go-kart)

170

120

** Sunway Lagoon : Closed on Tuesdays except on Malaysia/Singapore School Holiday & Malaysia Public Holiday

Please Note:

* All tours are based on SIC (seat-in-coach) can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
* Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Lumpur town centre
* For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KL centre, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
* Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
* Child is from 3 to 11 years old
* Touring by air-conditioned car or van (depending on the group size)
* Admission to attraction and meals where applicable (refer to itinerary)
* Surcharge of RM30/person during Ramadhan Season for Cultural Night Tour
* Country & Batu Caves not available for 3 days of Thaipusam Festival (Eve of Thaipusam, Thaipusam Day and Day after Thaipusam)
* Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
* Full Charges apply to NO SHOW OR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION

 

Day Tours outside of Kuala Lumpur

Tours

Hrs

Day of Operations

 

Min Pax

Include

 

Departure

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Historical Malacca Tour (Itinerary)

8

Daily

9.00

-

2

Lunch

130

95

Genting Highlands (Itinerary)

8

Daily

8.30

-

2

1 way cable Car

100

70

Pulau Ketam Rural Adventure (Itinerary)

8

Daily

9.30

-

2

Lunch

180

90

Please Note:

* All tours are based on SIC (seat-in-coach) can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
* Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Lumpur town centre
* For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KL centre, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
* Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
* Touring by air-conditioned car or van (depending on the group size)
* Admission to attraction and meals where applicable (refer to itinerary)
* Child is from 3 to 11 years old
* Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
* Full Charges apply to NO SHOW OR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

 

Day Nature Tours outside of Kuala Lumpur

Tours

Hrs

Day of Operations

Departure

Min Pax

Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

                 

Elephant Sanctuary (Itinerary)

8

Daily

9.30

-

2

Entrance fee & Lunch

195

130

Shah Alam & Kuala Selangor Fireflies (Itinerary)

8

Daily

-

3.00

2

Dinner & Boat Ride

180

100

Please Note:

* All tours are based on SIC (seat-in-coach) can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
* Pick-up and drop-off service from major hotels at Kuala Lumpur town centre
* For other pick up and drop off services in areas other than KL centre, please advise us. Additional surcharge will be accorded
* Services of an English Speaking Driver cum Guide
* Touring by air-conditioned car or van (depending on the group size)
* Admission to attraction and meals where applicable (refer to itinerary)
* Child is from 3 to 11 years old
* Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
* Full Charges apply to NO SHOW OR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

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