Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve
"A Unique City Rainforest Habitat"
Are you a true city slicker? Do you like the comforts of the asphalt jungle? At Bukit Nanas that's no problem.
You don't have to be Tarzan or Jane to enjoy the real jungle. Save yourself the trouble of travelling to remote locations. Instead just hop on the LRT or take a taxi to the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Just bring plenty of curiosity about all this tropical nature stuff.
An amazing rainforest habitat smack dab in the middle of rush-hour traffic and the pinnacles of business, Bukit Nanas is one of Malaysia's oldest forest reserves dating back to 1906.
In what other capital city can you wander among a century old forest? Next door to a Hard Rock Cafe and a mass transit stopover!
An isolated forest island nestled in a sea of concrete, the little hill still thrives with massive tropical trees standing tall in the shadow of shiny metal and glass skyscrapers.
Even if you aren't particularly fond of jungle walks, take a stroll over this forest reserve one day anyway. Because it's really a living museum, a showcase of tropical natural beauty in bloom and decay.
And it's quiet.
Bukit Nanas: Rainforest Ecology For Beginners
Walk into the plant kingdom, where big tropical trees still rule the landscape.
Get a sense of the variety and the adaptations necessary to survive in the real jungle, not the urban jungle.
- How do these big timbers stay upright with on hill slopes? (picture clue above)
- Which of these thick tree trunks are used to make pencils and chopsticks?
- What is the reason for fruiting on a tree trunk?
To find the answers, go to Bukit Nanas and take a guided tour.
As a remnant lowland rainforest, each tree is an eco-lesson on its own. Take a few minutes and observe the variety of tree shapes, leaf shapes or seed types.
- Linger and notice the variety of plant life.
- Pick a tree and observe it from forest floor to forest canopy.
- Visit the arboretum for a jungle tree tour.
To learn about tropical plant life, go explore and take a self-guided tour.
The humid tropics spring everything into life in every available nook or cranny. Observe the cycles of life and death as some organisms decay only to replenish new growth.
- A healthy forest exudes green life and brown decay.
- A healthy forest recycles nutrients and water.
- A healthy forest reproduces for the future.
To see ecology in action, go to this hill forest and absorb nature.
Bukit Nanas: General Information
Bukit Nanas Recreational Forest
- Open Monday to Sunday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
(several entrances available)
- Accessible from KL Tower (Menara KL), taxi, bus or LRT monoral station
- Forest Information Centre
Open Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Ask for maps and brochures
The Jelutung Century Tree
- Located next to the KL Tower and preserved as a grand hill forest specimen.
- At least 60 meters (200 feet) tall and 2 meters (6 feet) wide.
- With a straight trunk prized as a timber tree and tapped for latex.
- Now a threatened species that is banned for export in Malaysia.
- Recognized as being near to extinction over 60 years ago.
- A sunlight-demanding tree that likes to spread its branches.
- A great tree for taking photographs ... try it out.
Kuala Lumpur Tower
- Guided tours to Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve start at
11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
- Meet with naturalist guide in main lobby area
- Tours are free-of-charge as a courtesy of Menara KL
- For good service please include a tip for the guides
- Subject to cancellations due to weather conditions
- Forest Trail Entry Gate next to Jelutung Tree
- Opening Hours and Admission
Everyday 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
- Adult RM 38, Child RM 28
Binoculars and Audio Tour Free
- Tel: 603-2020-5448
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