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BUKIT TIMAH NATURE RESERVE - Up hill and down dale


About the reserve:

Only a 15 minute drive from downtown Singapore, the 164 hectare Bukit Timah Nature Reserve retains the largest remnants of primary rainforest that once used to cover the entire island. At the center of the reserve is Bukit Timah hill, Singapore's highest elevation at approximately 163 meters.
Once feared for the many tigers that were roaming the forest, the wilderness surrounding the hill has now become a green haven for nature lovers and the adventurous.
Bukit Timah is also ideal as a starting/end point for extensive nature hikes through the Central Catchment Area adjacent to it.
 

Bat lily

 

Macaque

 

Typical of an ecosystem near the equator, an astonishing diversity of plants and animals can be found in the reserve. Bukit Timah is home to almost 900 plant species and countless insect species.
Majestic forest giants, some of which hundreds of years old, dominate the scene; their dense canopy provides the mystic twilight that shadows the trails criss-crossing the forest floor. A maze of lianas and rattan palms and the incessant sound of the cicadas add to the mystery.
Bukit Timah is also a good place to observe macaque monkeys and their antics (Please read the advice on monkeys).
 

About the tour:

Starting at the Visitor Center, the tour follows the trails through the reserve to the summit of Bukit Timah Hill and back. Besides background information on rainforests, the walk highlights key plant and animal species along the way. Find out what role they play in the ecosystem and how they have adapted to it.
The tour takes about 2 hours, the rugged trails require a reasonable amount of fitness and stamina. Trails are not suitable for strollers.
 

Spiny hill terrapin

 

Rainforest trail

 

How to get to Bukit Timah:

  • By bus:
    Bus numbers 67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 184, 852, 961.
    Take bus to Upper Bukit Timah Road, alight opposite the Bukit Timah Shopping Center and Beauty World Center. From there it's approx. ten minutes walk along Hindhede Drive to the Visitor Center (see map).
  • On foot:
    The reserve can be reached from MacRitchie Reservoir or the Tree-Top Walk via Rifle Range Road (click here for map of MacRitchie Reservoir).
  • By taxi/car:
    Via Hindhede Drive; parking facilities at the Visitor Center are limited, however (see map).

 

General information:

  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
  • 177 Hindhede Drive
  • Singapore 589333
  • Tel: 1800 468 5736
  • Website: click here

 

Things to bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Rain gear
  • Sun protection
  • Plastic bags to waterproof valuables and electronic gadgets
  • Comfortable walking shoes (no sandals or flip flops)
  • Small towel
  • Binoculars (if you have)

 

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