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Kota Kinabalu Wetlands

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The easiest way to experience a dose of nature in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city is to hop over the hill to Kota Kinabalu Wetlands. The 24-hectare mangrove forest is but a scant vestige of the extensive wetlands that once covered the entire coastline. As well as being an important ecosystem and lungs of the city, this crucial sanctuary for local and migratory birds gives visitors a moment to breathe too.

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Wooden boardwalks lead deep into the mangroves and a couple of bird hides and a viewing tower mean you can get up close to the wildlife without it running (well flying) a mile. Be wary, and don’t were your best high heels — one 200-metre section of the path is a “mud walk”, which was quite sodden when we visited in the dry season, and will be more so in the wet. A handful of information signs give you the lowdown on what you might see, but several are worn and difficult to read and they really could do with more, however a guidebook to the plants of Kota Kinabalu Wetlands is available for ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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