Got kids with you? This will be a hit.
Published/Last edited or updated: 2nd January, 2018
If you have kids in tow (or are a kid at heart), there are few better ways to lose half a day in Kuala Lumpur than by spending it wandering the sprawling KL Bird Park and the adjoining Perdana Botanical Gardens.
The 21 acre park sits immediately to the east of the Botanical Gardens and claims to be either the largest free flight walk in aviary in the world, or the region—depending on which noticeboard or flyer you pay attention to. Regardless of who has the biggest net, there is no denying the enclosure is enormous. Split across four sections (all under netting) even walking at some pace you’ll need at least a couple of hours to walk the whole thing, and, as there are scheduled exhibitions throughout the day, this is en easy place to lose a chunk of time.
In total the park claims to be home to more than 3,000 birds spread across approximately 200 species of both indigenous and imported birds. Zones one, two and three are free flight environments where some birds are allowed to enjoy free-flight (though obviously not beyond the net) while others are caged, while zone four has birds in cages and smaller aviaries along with an amphitheatre and a large water feature (for bird shows).
Some of the birds, notably the peacocks and the storks are remarkably tame and will let you get very close. There are feeding stations scattered around the park (with both seed and papaya) and there are also feeding times at specific spots in the park through the day—check with the park for details if you want to be sure not to miss out. Kids can also buy fish food to feed the plentiful fish in the park.
Established in 1991, it would be fair to say KL Bird Park is well and truly looking its age, and the warning signs about watching your footing after rain should be heeded—especially in zone one there are some very slippery bits of trail.
More generally, the whole place could really do with a good clean up and a coat of paint, as it just feels grubby and a bit rundown. Yes we’re sure this would be a complicated undertaking with 3,000 birds in residence, but a visit to the park is not cheap. KL Bird Park is one of the worst offenders in Kuala Lumpur for having a two tiered pricing system—a foreign adult pays 67 ringgit (kids 45) while a local adult pays just 27 ringgit (kids 13)—maybe put some of the money towards buying a few tins of paint and a sand-blaster.
From KL Bird Park it is straightforward to walk straight into the Botanical Gardens (or visa versa) There is an orchard garden nearby while the greater park has loads of open space, a large lake, a bamboo garden and, up near the northern entrance, a herbarium.
We started at the National Monument and walked for about 20 minutes down through the gardens to reach the Bird Park and then continued on to reach the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Mosque, each about a 15 minute walk downhill from the bird park.
If you have an interest in birds, have the kids with you, or are just looking for a half day trip into parkland, then a visit to KL Bird Park is a good option—just watch your footing. Tickets can be purchased online which include a one-way transfer to the park.
Address: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih
T: (03) 2272 1010; F: (03) 2273 5428;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º41'19.56" E, 3º8'36.72" N
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Admission: 67 ringgit for adults, 45 ringgit for kids
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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