Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Attraction Bukit Timah Nature Reserve , Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589333, Singapore Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
06:30 AM
08:30 AM
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Nature
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Free
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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a great spot to back to nature with stunning view and interesting activities for all ages.

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Why Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is special ?

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the only hill dipterocarp forest in Singapore. This is unique as such a forest type usually occurs in regions that are 300 metres to 762 metres above sea-level.


The Nature Reserve also contains Singapore’s tallest hill - the Bukit Timah Hill - that stands sentinel over the area at 163m.


It also contains at least 40 per cent of Singapore’s native flora and fauna even though it makes up less than 1 per cent (0.2 per cent) of the country’s area. It is home to animals such as the Plantain Squirrel, the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the Singapore Freshwater Crab - a very rare species of crab that can only be found in Singapore.


Source: /www.straitstimes.com

What to explore at Bukit Timah Nature 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.

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

Source: ulusingapore.com

How to get to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve?

  • 1. 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).
  • 2. 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).
  • 3. By taxi/car: Via Hindhede Drive; parking facilities at the Visitor Center are limited, however (see map).

Selling points

  • Tropical oasis of wildlife
  • Unique experience in the middle of Singapore
  • Asset in a crowded city
  • A beautiful and refresh place
  • Peaceful escape right near the city
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Duration
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Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • 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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  • Please don't feed the monkeys. Avoid carrying plastic bags openly in the Reserves . Make sure your children are not eating or holding food near monkeys.
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This rainforest is where you could go biking along different trails and see different species of plants and animals. Go to the visitor centre to see interesting exhibition of specimens. Open 6am-7pm.

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Home to more than 840 flowering plants and over 500 species of animals (including butterflies) in lowland tropical jungles. An easy hike once you get up the 1st steep hill. Definitely worth a visit.

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Go all the way up to the hill and to the submit and see how high it was on the stone plague!The result will somehow amaze you!

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the tallest hill in singapore - 163metres tall!

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I <3 nature. A must place for nature lovers and good place for picture taking of this beautiful rainforest reserve.

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I loved Bukit Timah. I'm not a big city person and was just in Singapore to visit a friend and so wanted to get out of the city feel. Now Singapore is hot and humid and so you feel that here so make sure you bring plenty of water and maybe even a snack.You could spend a short or a long time here, there is a main path (mostly paved) up to the &quot;summit&quot;. The summit is just that the top but no views from it as there are trees all around.The best part is all the little paths off this main path. There are small paths that lead down from the summit and sort of go along the main path. Then you really get into the forest and see lots of birds and butterflies (and a monkey if you're lucky). Its not an easy walk but its a nice hike.There are also lots of other paths that lead off in different directions if you really want to go exploring.I didn't see monkeys in Bukit Timah but saw some on the road leading up to it. like 10 monkeys just hanging out so that was cool.The only negative is its not the easiest place to find. I had read directions carefully ahead of time and the bus driver also told me where to get off. But getting there from the bus stop is not obvious but there are signs so just be prepared with how to get there as you may not be able to figure it out if you just show up.But overall a beautiful place and nice getaway from the city.Note there are no bathrooms at the top only at the bottom so go ahead of time!

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Steep hill. Bring lots of water and no scooters etc for kids. Buggy ok - but no bikes, scooters etc as it's too hilly.Concrete path all the way to the top.Beautiful nature

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It's a beautiful oasis of wildlife in the middle of Singapore. Take a relaxing stroll and pay attention to the sights and sounds around you. And don't miss the monkeys :-)!

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I loved Bukit Timah. I'm not a big city person and was just in Singapore to visit a friend and so wanted to get out of the city feel. Now Singapore is hot and humid and so you feel that here so make sure you bring plenty of water and maybe even a snack. You could spend a short or a long time here, there is a main path (mostly paved) up to the "summit". The summit is just that the top but no views from it as there are trees all around. The best part is all the little paths off this main path. There are small paths that lead down from the summit and sort of go along the main path. Then you really get into the forest and see lots of birds and butterflies (and a monkey if you're lucky). Its not an easy walk but its a nice hike. There are also lots of other paths that lead off in different directions if you really want to go exploring. I didn't see monkeys in Bukit Timah but saw some on the road leading up to it. like 10 monkeys just hanging out so that was cool. The only negative is its not the easiest place to find. I had read directions carefully ahead of time and the bus driver also told me where to get off. But getting there from the bus stop is not obvious but there are signs so just be prepared with how to get there as you may not be able to figure it out if you just show up. But overall a beautiful place and nice getaway from the city. Note there are no bathrooms at the top only at the bottom so go ahead of time!

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This rainforest is where you could go biking along different trails and see different species of plants and animals. Go to the visitor centre to see interesting exhibition of specimens. Open 6am-7pm.

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