Not far from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, travel 8km or so from the city centre, along Jalan Ampang/Jalan Bukit Belacan and here you will chance upon a unique forest surprise called Taman Rimba Ampang (IBA Code: MY10).
Seen from above, amongst the once 25,000 hectare of Lowland Forest Reserve, the actual birding site is neatly hidden from view. Taman Rimba Ampang is a water catchment area consisting of Lowland Dipterocarp Forest. A well-paved road approximately one kilometre long runs from the car park into the forest up to the Ampang Water Intake Compound. It is here along the paved road that birdwatching is favoured. A clear, small river flows through Taman Rimba Ampang which is an ideal habitat for the Blue-banded Kingfisher, a globally threatened species.
2 km from Ampang via Jalan Ampang and 8 km from the city of Kuala Lumpur, Taman Rimba Ampang (Ampang Forest Park) is located in Ampang Forest Reserve which is also part of the State Forest Park, also known as the Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Heritage Park. This forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest type.
The main attraction at this Recreational Forest is the picnic area, suitable for visitors to have picnics and swim in the nearby swimming spot. There are also hiking trails that promise exciting experiences to those who enjoy the activity. There is also a playground for children as well as a jogging track for recreation activities.
Normally there is an entrance charge of RM1 per adult and RM 0.50 per child.
Open from 8am – 5pm.
– Own transport or public transportation (bus and taxi)
Hulu Selangor Forest District Office,
Jalan RP 4/1, Kompleks Kerajaan,
48000 Rawang, Selangor.
Tel : 603 – 6091 6131
Faks : 603 – 6091 7533
*Photo Credit: Kim Teoh
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