Located a stone’s throw away from Malaysia, in the northwest part of Singapore, you’ll find the Sungei Buloh Wetland. This stretch of mangroves and mudflats has long been on my Singapore bucket list. One of the only upsides of Covid, is the chance to explore the Little Red Dot in more detail. Sungei Buloh was first opened as a Nature Park in 1993. It now covers 202 hectares and is a super way to spend half a day.
Getting To Sungei Buloh
The park is open 7am to 7pm daily, with last entry at 6.30pm. If you are coming by public transport you’ll need to catch bus 925 from Kranji MRT. Alternatively hop in a Grab and get dropped off at the Visitor Centre.
When To Go & What To Pack
The most popular time of the year to visit is from September to March. This is when migratory birds such as the Marsh Sandpiper and Great Egret make an entrance.
It can get pretty hot out there and there are some areas with limited shade. If you are going with kids, I’d advise to go in the morning or late afternoon. There’s also more chance of seeing some animal action.
Pack hats, water, sunblock and mosquito repellent. Perhaps even binoculars if you have them! There are vending machines at the Visitor Centre where you can purchase drinks.
NParks have some lovely worksheets for kids age 6 to 14. You could print them out and bring with to keep the kids entertained.
Where Do I Begin?
There are four trails; the Coastal Trail, Forest Trail, Mid Canopy Walk and the Migratory Bird Trail. There is also a fun little Junior Adventure Trail just after the Visitor Centre.
We walked them all, starting with the Coastal Trail and they are all flat and accessible.
Dotted around the Coastal trail are 5 pods. These provide unobstructed views of the reserve and the sea. There is even a pod for visitors to observe flitting dragonflies and damselflies over a freshwater pond.
There are also 7 shelters scattered throughout, which often have information about what you can observe.
The Mud Experience Trail was mostly closed for refurbishment.
Highlights Of The Trails
Kids will love bouncing on the elevated 150m mid-Canopy walk.
From the Coastal Trail, you can look out across the Kranji waterfront to Malaysia. For someone who hasn’t left Singapore in over a year, this was extraordinarily exciting!
Sungei Buloh is a huge draw for birdlovers and nature photographers. We sidled up to photography groups to see what they were watching from egrets to herons.
On the mangrove boardwalk keep an eye out for the many mud crabs scuttling around.
The Migratory Bird Trail circles the Buloh Tidal Ponds. It’s here you may spot one of the 12 estuarine crocodiles that call these Tidal Ponds home. We were lucky enough to spot 2 sunning themselves on the banks of the Buloh Besar River. My snaps were a bit pitiful but you can see more via iPacktravel and his telezoom camera.
If you’re keen to find out more about the crocs, mark your calendar for Sat 20th March 9am. You can join a 45-minute guided walk with volunteer, Bernard, to learn fascinating information about the crocodiles. Tickets are free and limited to 10 participants.