May 31 2011

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve: A green oasis in the centre of Kuala Lumpur

Published by at 7:33 am under Sightseeing & activties

One of the first things about Kuala Lumpur that will strike many visitors is how green the city is. Shiny new buildings abound, but so do beautiful old trees. And it is not just vegetation in among the concrete that is thriving; KL also has three large urban parks: KLCC Gardens, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens and KL Lake Gardens. All three merit a visit, especially for those travelling with kids, but the city’s most remarkable splash of greenery is a tropical forest slap bang in the middle of the concrete jungle.

KL Tower glimpsed through the trees.

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, which is located at the foot of Menara KL (KL Tower), is the city’s last remaining patch of tropical rainforest. Although just 10 hectares big, it packs in an amazing diversity of flora and fauna, including two species of monkey, snakes, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. It may be small, but it’s quite possible to see more wildlife in Bukit Nanas in a couple of hours than on an a extended visit to a massive national park such as Taman Negara.

Buki Nanas has been protected for more than 100 years, during which time the city around it has grown from a pioneer settlement of tin miners to the modern bustling metropolis of today. As you stare at one of the huge trees soaring into the sky, it is possible to shut out the traffic noise for a few moments, and imagine what all of KL would have looked like little more than a 150 years ago.

A path less trodden.

The reserve has a number of clearly marked walking trails, a jogging track, a campsite, an outdoor obstacle course and a bird watching spot. It is open from 07:00 to 19:00 all year, and admission is free. Also free are the highly recommended daily guided nature tours, at 11:00, 12:30, 14:30 and 16:30. Contact the reserve’s visitor centre for more information.

The park can be accessed from several places, including on Jalan Ampang, between Dang Wangi LRT station and Bukit Nanas Monorail station, by the forest product art shop; at the foot of KL Tower; and near the junction of Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Bukit Nanas, which is the closest entrance to the visitor centre.

Bamboo curtain.

Bear in mind that the trails can be slippery, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Although not hardcore trekking, the trails can be energy-sapping, not least because of the heat and humidity, so bring plenty of water with you. As with all tropical environments, biting insects are much in evidence, so a good insect repellent is advisable.

Location, location, location!

Bukit Nanas Visitor Centre (Forestry Department)
Lot 240, Bukit Nanas, off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 2230 6342



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6 Responses to “Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve: A green oasis in the centre of Kuala Lumpur” ...

  1. Tim Jenkinson 02 Jun 2011 at 3:10 am

    This otherwise excellent article was spoiled for me by failing to mention accommodation availability and pricing within the forest. I am an Orangutan called Edward, currently seeking a new position, following a fire at my tree in Aceh. Do please get in touch.

  2. Samanthaon 02 Jun 2011 at 7:30 am

    I am soo sick to death of idiot blog comments (across all blogs, not this one in particular) and was almost about to flip out and then I got the joke. Ha ha, not bad!

  3. Paton 02 Jun 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you for your comment Edward, and sorry to hear about your recent housing trauma. At Travelfish we are constantly seeking to improve our listings. Please bear with us while we prepare full great ape listings for KL. In the meantime, there are some particularly pleasant fruiting trees near the Jalan Raja Chulan entrance.

  4. Michael Bilykon 07 Jun 2011 at 3:26 am

    How do I get there? Bus, taxi?

  5. Paton 07 Jun 2011 at 8:47 am

    One of the entrances is close to both Bukit Nanas Monorail station and Dang Wangi LRT station – it’s actually between the two stations, so if you follow directions from the Monorail to the LRT you’ll pass the entrance, and vice versa. Taxis are also an option – probably the best one if you are going to KL Tower, as it’s a steep climb up. Overall though, if you’re in central KL, walking is probably the most straightforward, albeit tiring, option.

  6. Qasemon 28 Nov 2012 at 7:18 pm

    A great walk…. not another person going up and down. Of course there were a lot of people at the tower.

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