Nature lovers and Instagram-maniacs in Singapore, we have good news for you! There’s a new spot in town for nature lovers and adventurous souls alike to explore this year – the Kranji Marshes. Do you know about this new freshwater marsh in Singapore?
If you don’t, here’s everything you need to know about this Instagram-worthy place in Singapore.
It’s the largest freshwater marsh in Singapore
At 56.8 hectares, Kranji Marsh is the largest freshwater marsh in Singapore and was officially opened to public on 1 Feb 2016. For nature buffs who’s bored of Mt Faber, Botanic Gardens and MacRitchie Reservoir, here’s a new place for you to explore.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a totally different world
Given how Singapore has become a bustling metropolis with skyscrapers everywhere, nature spots are far and few between. Kranji Marsh is largely untouched by man, with structures prefabricated and assembled on-site (similar to how our HDB blocks are built nowadays (Lego-style) and if work has to be done on site, they made sure to do the construction at least 50m away from sensitive areas so as not to scare the wildlife away too much. Which is why we have #3.
Wildlife enthusiasts have to go there
And why not? Kranji Marsh is home to more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies. You can spend your whole day there and never get bored.
Standing at 10.65 metres tall, the Raptor Tower is the perfect place for you to get a panoramic view of the entire Kranji Marshland. Instagram-worthy? We think so too!
Public vs Core area
While the marsh is officially opened to Public on 1 Feb 2016, the entire marshland is separated into 2 areas – one that’s open to public and the core area which can only be accessed via guided tours.
Guided tours within Kranji Marshland
There will be two guided tours each month from Feb 27 onward. One will be in the evenings, organized by NParks and the other will take place in the mornings, organized by the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) for bird watching. You can find out more details about signing up here. All walks are free-of-charge.
What you can expect when you’re there
Walk along Neo Tiew Woods and keep a lookout for woodpecker and monitor lizards. Visit the Marsh Station and see if you can spot any shy marsh birds like Purple Swamphen and Common Moorhen. Visit from Nov to Mar and see if you can spot visiting bird species during the raptor migratory period. Take a breather and enjoy the panoramic view after walking and climbing up the Raptor tower. There are shelters along the way for you to rest your legs and take in the rustic charm of the marshlands. And prepare your camera because there’ll be plenty for you to snap at.
Things you’ll have to know:
There’s no lighting in the marsh, so be sure to visit during the day. Don’t visit during a storm, and if you’re already there, seek shelter when it rains. Never get up close and personal to the animals, just watch them from afar – these are wildlife i.e. wild animals.
Address: Kranji Gate (10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813) , Daily 7am-7pm