Home to over 200 tree species, 25 types of birds and 12 species of animals, the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, now called KL Forest Eco-Park, is the only tropical forest that remains in the midst of a bustling city. Bukit Nanas literally translates to “Pineapple Hill” and gets its name from the 1860s when Raja Asal planted pineapples on the hill. Often referred to as the “green lung” of Kuala Lumpur, it offers multiple jungle trails to explore. However, no city walk of Kuala Lumpur is complete without a walk through this reserve and its multiple trails.
Exploring the trails of Bukit Nanas
The Jelutong Trail in this tropical forest loops the side of the reserve and takes you past some of the large rainforest trees. You will come across a tiled pavement with massive bamboo clumps growing on either side, known as the Bamboo Walk. Walking straight through the Bamboo Walk you reach an old banana grove which leads you to Suboh Trails. The Suboh Trail is a gorgeous walk passing through the banana plantations to the edge of the forest reserve.
Skipping these trails takes you directly to the small park built for activities. Walking straight through this takes you to two other trails. The Merawan Trail which takes you past a few large trees. While the short plank walkway built over the forest gives you an awe-inspiring understorey view of a typical Malavan rainforest. At the end of the Merawan Trail is the Penarahan Trail, known for its unique, twisting lianas.
However, the Canopy Walk is a trail you should not miss. It trails above the forest with a view of the looming KL Towers and a gorgeous skyline in the backdrop.
With over 1000 meters of walking trails in the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, it is advised you take the help of a local guide to ensure you get to see the best of the reserve. Meanwhile, one from Locaguide can help you. Ask you guide from for recommendations and tips to see this urban sanctuary in the best way possible because this is a rare opportunity you don’t want to miss!0