KUALA SELANGOR NATURE PARK
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Attractions and activities
Formerly a pristine mangrove forest, the tropical forest
plant crept in and matured after coastal construction caused
the area to dry up. Now, the secondary forest is dominated
by the strangling figs and other coastal trees such as
Cordia dichotama. Occasionally stubborn old mangrove tress
still can be seen in this secondary forest.
There are 4 nature trails that allow visitors to stroll in
the forest, and study the flora there. Visitors will see
varieties of fungi, ferns, palm, and creepers.
Mangrove forest covers an area of 234 acres and is the focal
point of the ecosystem for the park. Here, 13 species of
Mangrove trees and amphibious inhabitants from crabs to
snakes are seen. Raised boardwalks allow access to the
crowded woods and over the mudflats so that visitors can
enjoy the sights and daily activities of inhabitants on the
There are 2 artificial lakes that get their supply of
brackish water from the Selangor River. The water level is
controlled by sluice gates. A few hideouts are strategically
located along the edges of the open swamps and elevated
hideouts offer shade and camouflage for longer periods of
watching the water birds and waders. These facilities
provide the opportunity to learn patience and silence
necessary for the joy of bird watching.
The best season for migratory birds is between middle of
September until late April when the birds of cooler climates
escape their respective winters. An important event
organized by the society is ‘bi-annual bird census’ at the
park and is worth looking into. Also, provides a good
opportunity not only to volunteer, but to work with
Night lights or fireflies
The Selangor River offers the opportunity to see millions of
tiny fireflies at night. This is a beautiful spectacle when
millions of resident fireflies flash synchronously. The best
time is between dusk and midnight and it is advisable to
avoid the full moon.
A local village cooperative provides a regular boat service
from Kg. Kuantan jetty and visitors are slowly rowed up
river for about 1 km before returning. After your evening
meal, this is a heavenly way to end the day.
Melawati Hill is the highest area in the state of Kuala
Selangor and is the site of the 200-year-old Fort
Altingsburg. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the Straits
of Malacca and the surrounding areas where the Dutch
surveyed the countryside before capturing it in 1794.
In the past, the hill lured only the hardy and determined
visitor as it meant a stiff climb. Today, there is a tram
car service that takes you to the top. In the vicinity is a
royal mausoleum where past Selangor sultans were buried.
Getting there and away
KSNP and Kuala Selangor can be reached overland on the
Kepong-Sg Buloh-Kuala Selangor trunk road 54. Look out for
signs to the park just before Kuala Selangor town.
Alternatively, a more scenic route via Batang Berjuntai road
B33, which takes you right pass Kg. Kuantan's "firefly"
Kuala Selangor Fireflies Or Bird watching tour >>