Stroll Amid the Wetland Habitats and Mangrove
|Mangroves-Mudflats - Comprised of 13 species of mangrove trees, these mucky habitats are full of life. Monkeys, birds and snakes seek out a meals in these green gardens; while mudflats swell with nutrients and are best to visit at low tide when you can spot crabs, molluscs and mudskippers in action.|
|Secondary Forest - Filled with strangling figs, coastal trees and climbers, these dryland species spread into and replaced the mangroves after building the bund and lake. Now covering 450 acres, forest trails lead to jungle habitat with a chance to see frog species, snake species, rainforest monkeys, lizard species and others.|
|Brackish Lake - Surrounded by a walkable path and three viewing towers, the lake attracts plenty of waterbirds and migratory birds so you can observe their feeding behaviour. Full of fish, crabs, crustaceans and insects, the pond - a mix of seawater and river water - supports plenty of food and aquatic plants for local and fly-by visitors.|
Unlike the rainforest, even wildlife watching beginners can find a few animals to observe in the open skies and waters of KSNP.
Birds like herons, egrets, kingfishers and Brahminy kites are easy to see and a pair of binoculars helps the kids get a closer view. And if you're lucky, a gangly Milky stork will perch atop the treetops
Most probably you'll encounter a few wild observations while hiking with kids on the bund, boardwalk or trails, such as skinks, monitor lizards, and long-tailed macaque monkeys.
For patient trekkers, three are plenty of opportunities to shoot wildlife photos to show off to friends and family.
Observe the plant life too, with colorful ferns, stringy ficus trees and a variety of mangrove trees to choose from.
Big-winged raptors swoosh over the lake, while bluish fiddler crabs and big-eyed mudskippers dance in the muck of the mangrove mud and long-legged waders stand knee-deep in the marshes.
Each visitor to KSNP will see some kind of wild creatures; you just don't know what may show up on the day you go.
Remember, that it can get very hot without tree cover and the mosquitos are usually present every day. But viewing wildlife in the park takes a bit of effort, so enjoy the journey as much as the discoveries.
The following checklist gives you an idea of what can be observed at KSNP:
Currently, Kuala Selangor Nature Park is undergoing major renovations, so the park is a bit messy during the repair stage that may last all of 2012.
Only 8 chalets are available for overnight use, with all A-frame huts closed and a tent camping site for 50 persons not ready until later in the year.
The Ministry of Tourism is funding several projects, including the extension of the mangrove walkway to reach the mudflats.
Besides physical improvements, such as dining facilities and a hostel for large groups, the ecology of the lake requires some rehabilitation to encourage more marsh lands for waterbirds.
In truth, spending a full day at the park is not warranted, unless you are a keen birder or nature photographer. Taking the kids for a nature lesson only requires a few hours to walk along the bund, make observations from the bird towers and take in a few minutes at the visitors' center.
The best option is to combine a visit to KSNP with an evening at Kampung Kuantan to watch the firefly display while floating on the Selangor River.
Try to arrive at KSNP a few hours before the closing time of 6:00 pm, then relax with a nice seafood dinner in town before driving only 15 to 20 minutes to reach Kampung Kuantan by 7:45 pm, when the first boats leave at dark.
Depending on the crowds, it usually takes less than an hour to finish watching the fireflies, with a quick return to KL via the PLUS highway.
Tourists without a vehicle can arrange with your hotel to join a bus tour or hire a car for the day.
Of course, it is better to visit the park with a school or civic group and hire a nature guide and catering service and stay overnight in the park.
Open 7 days a week including public holidays from 9 am to 6 pm.
The center is your first stop at Kuala Selangor Nature Park to get tickets, drinks, souvenirs and information on the park.
Take a few minutes to read the displays or watch slide shows in the AV room on mangrove ecosystems and conservation. Make prior arrangements with staff for early arrivals and group activity requests.
|Public||MNS Members||A-Frame Hut - 2 pax (CLOSED)||RM 30 per night||RM 25 per night||Chalets - 3 pax; with toilet||RM 60 per night||RM 55 per night||Hostel - 14 rooms; 7 pax per room||RM 175 per room||RM 140 per room|
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