First, it was the opening of Coney Island Park and next, it was the launch of Eco-link@BKE Bridge. Singapore’s efforts in promoting greenery and conserving wildlife have increased steadily over the past few years and the Lion City is now home to an abundance of natural landscapes! Singapore’s largest freshwater marshland, Kranji Marshes, is the latest addition.
Located along Kranji Reservoir, the 56.8-hectare marshland is habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Conservation actually commenced in 2011 to protect the region’s rich biodiversity and the environmental project has been a success.
Kranji Marshes officially opened its doors to public on Monday, 01 Feb 2016 and offers visitors a rare glimpse of Singapore’s countryside.
If you are planning to make a trip to Kranji Marshes, here are several things that you can expect. We have also included information such as how to get there via public transport.
WHAT IS KRANJI MARSHES
Kranji Marshes is an area of low-lying wetland that has been carefully restored by NParks and URA to protect the species residing in this unique environment.
A variety of factors were taken into consideration and each enhancement effort will essentially facilitate the marsh birds and other wetland-dependent creatures to thrive naturally. Only 8 ha are granted public access.
OPENING HOURS AND TIME TAKEN
The park is open from 7am to 7pm daily for practical safety reasons; there are no lamp posts to light the way.
While the time taken to complete a stroll at Kranji Marshes ultimately depends on individuals, it would be a good gauge to say it will take only half an hour to walk from the main entrance’s starting point to the end point at the Raptor Tower.
RULES TO ABIDE
Do bear in mind the guidelines so as to minimise disturbance to this natural habitat. Cycling, driving, skateboarding, swimming, fishing, smoking and littering are all strictly prohibited.
Unfortunately, your pets can’t join you too, and releasing of any animals and feeding wildlife is strictly prohibited. Make it a point to only walk on designated trails and keep the noise levels low.
HOW TO GET THERE
There is a public car park located right outside Kranji Marshland’s main entrance.
Otherwise, you can board the Kranji Express Shuttle Bus from Kranji MRT (adult – $3 per pax, child – S$1 per pax, senior citizen – S$1 per pax) which will have you alighting directly at Kranji Marshes.
We have the timetable of the various timings here for you already.
VANTAGE POINTS – BEST SPOTS IN KRANJI MARSHES
While the top of Raptor Tower offers a beautiful bird’s eye view of Kranji Marshes, it is the scenic lookout from Swamphen Hide – located right behind Raptor Tower – that had us mesmerised.
The reflective waters nestled by lush meadows offer an incredibly tranquil escapade and we could hardly believe that we were actually still in Singapore!
Read: Guide on 10 uncharted nature trails in Singapore.
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.