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“Needs Upkeeping”

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

I used to frequent this Wetland on a weekly basis. Returning to it after a few years of absence made me sad - rubbish everywhere, the entire place needs some serious TLC. really hope the management will buck up and maintain the place properly as it used to be a haven of wilderness filled with birds and mangrove goodness.

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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This park is essentially a couple km of wooden walkway through untouched mangrove wetland with not so clean water (can see plastic bottles or gas stains somewhere) meant for wildlife/bird watching, but there were really almost no birds. If you catch low tide, it's interesting to watch a maze of tree roots twisted over the water (provided you never saw mangroves before). The trail was meant to be circular but indeed the last part is disassembled (at the place with small watchtower you can climb to overview the place) so you only can retrace your steps the way you got there. The park is 20 min of walking far from Signal hill observatory along freeway with no foot path - you have to take taxi if you don't want to walk it. It's worth paying an hour or so if you have time to kill before your afternoon flight.

Thank Andrey_Solstice
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This is not a zoo. I saw a couple exiting the place, the girl throwing a tantrum and ranting about how she got ripped off for nothing. If you go thinking the animals would come out and wave hello to you, then go to the zoo.

This is a sanctuary, a place that allows the animals to be in their natural environment.

Best to go alone, minimise noise. Tread slowly so as not to make a sound. When you do not intrude with your human sounds, the animals tend to come out.

It was not the season of the purple heron but I saw one. Real majestic, standing at its full height. And it let me watch for a long time. I could not believe my eyes.

Yes, of course it smells. It's a mangrove forest. Great respite from the city madness.

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

You can walk here from KK city. Loads of wildlife in the mangrove swamps. Worthwhile educational project.

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Wanted to see the egrets and kingfisher and I was lucky. Went there by local bus, takes 20 minutes, little walk of 500 meters to the park. The walkway is nicely set out, there are many sheds where you can rest and watch for the animals or plants. There is explanation in Malaysian and English. The birdwatching shed is nice, you can sit and wait for the birds or other animals to come along. Stayed there for 2.5 hours and enjoyed the time.

Thank AMBBangkok
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