Our friends Sean and Kwan invited us out for a day of nature, fun and food (of course food!) in Kuala Selangor. Sean has become a really good friend of ours and we have been missing him since he moved away to the Malaysian/Thailand border a few months ago so it was a great chance to hang out while he was home for the holidays.
Kuala Selangor Nature Park is a great place to get away from the bustling city and get in touch with nature. The park is funded and run by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS). Sean had previously done a two-week course for nature guides there, so he was the perfect person to show us around. The park is situated at the mouth of the Selangor River and covers about 800 acres of mangroves and mudflats. While there you can witness many different species of animals including otters, leopard cats, silvered leaf-monkeys, macaques and other local birds, butterflies and insects, reptiles, mudskippers, crabs and river dolphins. They also have accommodations for overnight stays, gazebos for watching birds and tons of trails for nature watching as well as a well-organized visitor’s information center.
After slathering on our insect repellent we started off on our walk. The paths were well-groomed and very easy to manage. The trail goes around the man-made brackish lake system that the park created as a sanctuary for animals.
In about 10 minutes we found our way to the top of a birdwatching tower. Birdwatching is one of the most popular activities in the park and we got to see a ton of cranes, hawks and other birds. Luckily Sean and Kwan brought binoculars, so we could get up and close with the birds.
We climbed down and headed to the mangrove walkway through the mangrove forest. After doing some problem solving regarding the locked gate, we found ourselves on the wooden walkway and headed out to see what we could see. The pathway lead us right through the mangrove forest and we got to see some cool colorful crabs, mudskippers and snails.
The afternoon in nature was awesome and the quality time with friends was refreshing. Cody and I find that most of the people we meet are not very interested in hiking or doing outdoor activities due to the hot weather, so it is nice to have such outdoor minded friends. Thanks Sean and Kwan!