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Sungei Buloh wetland reserve exploration

Let’s visit Sungei Buloh wetland reserve today with a nature trail walk. The nature reserve is located in a rather remote location tucked in the north western corner of mainland Singapore.

Welcome to Sungei Buloh wetland reserve, by the natural reserve reservoir
Welcome to Sungei Buloh wetland reserve, by the natural reserve reservoir.
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Welcome!
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Neo Tiew Crescent entrance
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Visitor entrance

Moreover, there are two car parks serving the area. It pays to know which one you at headed. The first is the Sungei Buloh carpark and Wetlands Center’s visitor center near Kranji nature park and dam. Also, it is the spot which Grab car rides and Google earth searches brings you to.

Our Sungei Buloh Adventure awaits
Our Sungei Buloh Adventure awaits, through the Wetlands Center!
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Entry
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Visitor center
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Park Do and don’t

Additionally, the second spot is about a kilometer north along Neo Tiew road at the Neo Tiew Crescent Car Park. Also, the latter is closer to the bird sanctuary, while the one nearer to the Kranji dam offers more scenic sea views or the Johor strait.

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Johor straits
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City developments
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Mudflats

Visitor center and Mangrove broadwalk

Furthermore, the research and education centre at the Neo Tiew Crescent Car Park serves as a visitor center, visitor amenities as well as a function area for groups.

The Sungei Buloh nature gallery exhibition at the Wetlands Center covering Singapore's green journey and formation of parks
The Sungei Buloh nature gallery exhibition at the Wetlands Center covering Singapore’s green journey and formation of parks.
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Galleries
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Visitor center Huts
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Onward

Greeting you at the entrance is an information counter and a small visitor center gallery. Here, you can view exhibits of what the wildlife you could see on your visit. Also, there is a park history section too on how the nature reserve was gazzetted as a green spot for last remaining mangrove wildlife in Singapore and a spot for migratory birds.

Fruit bats nesting during the day under the visitor center roof
Fruit bats nesting during the day under the visitor center roof.

Moreover, if you are sharp, you can spot bats nesting during the day under the roofs of the visitor center. Also, there is also a toilet and resting area allowing you to recharge before heading out.

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Central Bridge
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Bridge shelter
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Bridge signage

A short walk from the visitor center brings you to a long crossing bridge into the bird sanctuary area. The road here forks between the bridge and a Wetland marshland area.

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Onwards!
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To the mangrove
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Mangrove shelter

Seawater Mangrove broadwalk

Furthermore, Sungei Buloh is a one of Singapore’s largest nature parks, particularly one focused on Singapore marshlands and mangrove wetlands.

The Mangrove broad walk a short walk from the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Wetland Centre
The Mangrove broad walk a short walk from the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Wetland Centre.

Additionally, the marshland loop as the name suggests goes around in a continuous loop. It brings you through several mud land habitats home to mud crabs and mud skippers.

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Crabs
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Mud crabs
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Monitor

It goes in a large circular loop with several huts and point of interests at every corner. The is also a sea viewing area facing the Johor Malaysia city area across the border.

Trial broad walk overlooking the Johor Malaysia Forest city
Trial broad walk overlooking the Johor Malaysia Forest city.

Also wetlands and mangroves had been increasing getting in the limelight as a good natural carbon sink. It is a sustainable weapon against runaway carbon levels in tacking global warming inherit in climate change.

Natural seawater mangroves by the coast of the nature reserve
Natural seawater mangroves by the coast of the nature reserve.
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Open trial
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Bird info
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Deluge

Bird watching at the mudflats

Furthermore, the north western end of the nature reserve is a vast mudflat home to a bird watching area, with a large circular perimeter path enclosing a large marshland, reservoir and swamp area.

One of the many Bird observation area hide and screens along the mudflat trial
One of the many Bird observation area hide and screens along the mudflat trial.

Additionally, wildlife spotted during my visit includes monitor lizards, tree snakes, water hens and several herons. There were also some otter tracks which tells of a family which calls this area their home.

Tree snakes are one of the many natural inhabitants here
Tree snakes are one of the many natural inhabitants here.
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Mangrove Wildlife
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Heron
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Spiders

Moreover, the area also is home to visiting alligators which tend to cross the trails between the sea and freshwater bodies. Also, when you spot agitators, just let them cross, keeping your distance from them. You won’t want to startle them with loud noises. They are not hostile animals unless provoked.

Monitor lizard crossing the mudflat trials. You can find many of them resting by the trial side
Monitor lizard crossing the mudflat trials. Also, you can find many of them resting by the trial side.
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Swamp
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Open water
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Birds

A wildlife and bird photography paradise

Additionally, Sungei Buloh is a popular spot for migrating birds to land and spend their time during migratory months. You can catch them active here usually in the September and October migratory months.

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Water hens
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Mudskippers
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Grasshoppers

Hence it is similarly a popular spot with nature photographers who like to frequent the trails here with long telephoto lenses hoping to snag photos of these large visiting birds.

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Cozy
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Vantage point
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Bird watch

You can find a number of bird watching spots, huts and observation towers (Aerie tower) which litters along the trail here. Occasionally there are some seaside broadwalks over mangrove area with northern views of Malaysia.

Panoramic view from the Aerie tower top
Panoramic view from the top viewing area of Aerie tower.
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Aerie tower
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Going up the tower
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Top of the tower
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Trial
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Open water
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Dried mudflats

Seaside view walk

Moreover, wrapping up your walk is a small mangrove swamp by the south end of the Neo Tiew Crescent Car Park. Here, you can find a couple of nesting birds up in the trees here. Also, there is a mangrove try out area allowing you to “wade” through a controlled mangrove swamp.

View of Malaysia Pasir Gudang from the Tidal Ponds loop path
View of Malaysia Pasir Gudang from the Tidal Ponds loop path.

Also, the view out north is one across the international border into Johor, Malaysia. The Malaysian state is rather built up now.

The Kingfisher viewing pod by the sea standing over the seaside mangroves
The Kingfisher viewing pod by the sea standing over the seaside mangroves.

Wrapping up, a highlight here would be the Dragonfly pod and Kingfisher pod. Both of these unsheltered structures are similar but located in different spots. Also, these structures pop out of the sea side broadwalks offering stunning unobstructed views of the north Johor strait.

The open air higher Kingfisher pod facing over the mangroves and facing the Johor strait
The open air higher Kingfisher pod facing over the mangroves and facing the Johor strait.

Also, these raised walkways here links to the Kranji nature park further south where the Kranji coastal dam reside.

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Mangrove
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Inside the pod
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Dragonfly Pod

All in all, you are good for about 3 hours top to fully explore the northern circle of Sungei Buloh wetland reserve, and probably a full day trip out if you wish to further explore the Kranji coastal park area. A nearby eatery worth checking out after a day of nature would be Garden Asia. Great for a day out with nature.

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