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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore – a free day out! Part 3 of 3 – summary

By on May 3, 2015 in Singapore

I really enjoyed Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and I was amazed at the range of wildlife I saw in the park. I was so surprised to see the Crocodile, the Monitor Lizards were also fantastic, as were the spiders. I was, however, expecting to see more birds. I guess I was there are the wrong time of year?

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Crocodile – Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Monitor Lizard - Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Monitor Lizard – Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Golden Orb Spider (Nephila pilipes) - Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Golden Orb Spider (Nephila pilipes) – Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Although the park is wild, it is heavily managed. The walkways around the main wetland area were in fact dykes used to control the water flow between the sea and the wetlands, so basically the place is heavily managed.

The photo below shows the trail, which is on top of the dyke.

One of the trails at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

One of the trails at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

The mangrove swamp area used a boardwalk…

Board walk to the Mangrove Swamp at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Board walk to the Mangrove Swamp at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

What I couldn’t get over was the fact I was in Singapore, and Johor Bahru was so close… The photos below are taken from the reserve looking back to Johor Bahru.

And just across the water from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore - Johor Bahru, Malaysia

And just across the water from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore – Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Another shot from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore  with JB in the background

Another shot from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore with JB in the background

One thing that was disappointing was that large sections of the reserve seemed to be closed off to the public and I encountered a number of closed trails.

Overall a great place to visit in Singapore if you like wildlife and being outdoors. The reserve is quite heavily managed but it does give you the chance to see the local wildlife and it means you can imagine what the island was originally like. It certainly is very different from Orchard Road and all the shops.

When I visited the reserve it was very quite. Not many people about at all, and judging by the size of the carpark the reserve either doesn’t get many visitors, or I was lucky and visited on an ‘off day’ when there was actually space to park.

One final amazing thing about the reserve is that it is free (including the parking). Most places you go in Singapore cost a small fortune for entry and/or parking, so it was nice to get something on the island that didn’t cost a cent.

I highly recommend Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for a visit….

FourSquare: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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