Opened on 6 December 2014, the new Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s extension provides a family-friendly way to enjoy the Sungei Buloh nature reserve.
The new extension sits between the original Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Kranji Reservoir Park. While the original Sungei Buloh has been kept as-is with its gravel paths and wooden bird watching huts, the new extension is much more kid-friendly. Little spots around the extension provide families with young children things to do while maintaining a blend with the natural environment.
[Update in 2020]
In 2020, it was announced that the extension would form part of the Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network as the Kranji Coastal Nature Park.
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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s East Extension or Kranji Coastal Nature Park
Upon arrival, visitors to the Sungei Buloh extension get welcomed by the Visitor’s Centre. The white complex houses the Mangrove Gallery.
Here, you will find exhibits and information introducing the unique environment of mangrove swamps.
Look into the cases to learn about the biodiversity found in the mangrove environment.
Next to the Visitor’s Centre, the Junior Adventure Trail will entice the kids outdoors.
Take on Up and Down, a series of obstacles designed to look like mangrove roots that you can duck under and …
Step and Jump, a stepping stone challenge that is meant to be reminiscent of pencil roots. Kids can imagine what it is like to be a crab or mudskipper in the mangroves.
Little Heron Deck
The Little Heron Deck is a pretty lookout point.
In the past, there were giant mudskipper statues at the Little Heron Deck.
Before leaving the area around the Visitor Centre, do take a walk through the Junior Wetland trail. Be careful on the stepping stones!
Coastal Trail and Forest Trail at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s Extension
There are two trails to explore at the Sungei Buloh extension.
The Coastal Trail is a 1.3 km long path that runs along the coastline. It is well paved and has a boardwalk that brings visitors over the water. The trail is even easily accessible with baby strollers.
Dotted along the Coastal Trail are onion-shaped pods that serve as hideouts for bird-watching enthusiasts.
These pods are fun structures for children to climb into and explore.
The 300-metre Forest Trail is a gravelly path that cuts through the forest.
Linking the Forest and Coastal Trails is a 150-metre Mid-canopy Walk. Consisting of a springy, wooden bridge, you may find yourself wobbling along even after finishing the walk.
The Sungei Buloh extension is also home to the Mud Experience. This can be found at the other end of the trails, closer to the main Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve entrance.
While most mangrove boardwalks around Singapore take visitors over the swamp, this one leads you down to its surface. Via a fun rope bridge too!
Go during low tide if you want to get up close to the mud because the Mud Experience’s platform gets covered with water during high tide and is off limits then.
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s eastern extension makes the reserve much more accessible to the public.
While the original Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s Migratory Birds Trail runs for almost 2 km over gravel paths, the extension’s trails are shorter and well-paved. This makes it easier for families to pay a visit and appreciate the wildlife at this sanctuary in the Northwest of Singapore.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s Extension
301 Neo Tiew Crescent
7.30am to 7.00pm on Monday to Saturday
7.00am to 7.00pm on Sundays & Public Holidays