A Guide to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve


Published on 01 Nov 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

A Guide to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve


Published on 01 Nov 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Sick and tired of city life? There are trails at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for you to go on hikes and immerse yourself in nature. Read on for more info.

Despite being called the Little Red Dot (said in reference to our size on the map), “Wow! It’s so green!” emerges as the top observation that visitors make about Singapore. As you exit Changi Airport and enter the tributaries of expressways, expect to be greeted by neat lines of luscious trees that form green belts all over the city.

Fun Fact: Singapore has over 300 parks and 4 nature reserves. Recognised as Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve will transport you to a different world from the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan skylines and busy streets of Singapore. Here you can find a variety of flora and fauna living in this unique tropical ecosystem.

Nature Trails

Nature Trails Article Photo STB Resized Source: Singapore Tourism Board

Some of the must dos would be hiking along the nature trails to see what the wetland has to offer up close. There are also numerous guided tours operated by the NParks Board or independent guides whom you can request for special guided tours of the reserve. If you are hosting and require your guided tour in Mandarin or Japanese, that too can be arranged but you will need to register ahead of time. Tours are free.

Mangrove Boardwalk

Mangrove Broadwalk Article Photo STB Resized Source: Singapore Tourism Board

A bird watcher’s paradise due to its geographical importance for migratory birds, its unspoilt mangrove estuary also promises to catch glimpses of native inhabitants such as mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, water snakes, birds, spiders, monitor lizards and otters. Just keep a close watch, giant lizards and saltwater crocs are known to cross the footpaths!

Special Events

Special guided walks are often hosted at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve where exclusive featured mangrove tours are organised monthly. Check the NParks website for the latest tours.

Before You Go

So you’ve decided that a mangrove tour whilst on your stop here in Singapore would be a great way to experience the true nature of the tropics. Before you eagerly head out from the cool of your hotel room, here are some tips to consider before you trek off. Suncreen, water, mosquito repellent, a good pair of walking shoes, a visor or a hat. These are some of the bare essentials that you would want to ensure is in your backpack before heading out to the hot, humid and lush greenery of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

If opting for a guided tour, register in advance to avoid disappointment. Private guides are available at the same link, but note that they differ in price.

How to Get There

The Wetland Reserve is about 45-60mins, approximately 40km, from the Singapore city centre via taxi, which would be the quickest and most convenient mode of transport. Alternatively you can take the local train or MRT to the closest station, Kranji MRT station, if you’re up for a little commute. An hourly shuttle bus leaves from Kranji MRT station to the Wetland Reserve; the earliest bus is at 8:30am and the last bus at 5:45pm. Note that the reserve closes at 7:00pm. Priced at $3 for adults and $1 for children / senior citizens, it’s a one-time payment.

WR Tip: Every Saturday a team of guides from the Reserve regulates between different areas of the wetland; Mud, Mangroves, Sky and Water. Mud – Exploring the Mudflats, Mangrove – Mangrove Boardwalks, Sky – Birdwatching, Water – Fish and other sea creatures from the coastal areas and Ponds. Check out this link to check on the guided theme for each week.

Where to go:

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Address: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm daily

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Visitor Centre
Address: 60 Kranji Way, #01-00 Visitor Centre, Singapore 739453
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm daily

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