BUkit Timah Nature Reserve

Singapore has many gems in the showcase; Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of them. With a lusciously green surrounding and many adventure spots, this is the most beautiful place in Singapore.  Located 12 kms away from the city, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is where one can find some peace and happiness of their own. The Nature Reserve has a variety of plants, animals and forest life along with some rare insects.


Location

1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

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Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

Tel: +65 6471 7138

Entrance to the park is free


Timings

Opening Hours are 07:00 to 19:00 for the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and 08:00 to 17:30 for the Exhibition Hall.


Highlights

  • Bukit Timah was an industrial estate area. The industries eventually transferred to the Jurong area.
  • The name of the Nature Reserve is taken from the Bukit Timah Hill.
  • The Sumatran tigers and leopards used to roam the reserve in the 19h century.
  • There are many trails for adventure lovers.
  • The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is declared as the ASEAN Heritage Park.


Inclusions

  • Access to trails


Recommended for

  • Kids
  • Families
  • Adventure Seekers/Nature Lovers


How to get there

Bus: Opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, buses that go there are no. 67,852,961 and 75

Car: Drive towards Woodlands and make a U-turn at the pedestrian bridge, turn left into Hindhead and on to the reserve.


About Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Singapore has many gems in the showcase; Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of them. With a lusciously green surrounding and many adventure spots, this is the most beautiful place in Singapore.  Located 12 kms away from the city, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is where one can find some peace and happiness of their own. The Nature Reserve has a variety of plants, animals and forest life along with some rare insects.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the most diverse ecological system along with the Bukit Timah Hill, which stands at a height of 163 meters, the highest hills of Singapore. The reserve comprises 40% flora and fauna in Singapore, which highlights the importance of the spot in Singapore.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is where you can enjoy activities such as running, hiking, rock climbing, courtesy the mountain area. It is popular with athletes who train themselves, for the much-needed fitness, by climbing the mountain. It is that one place where one can enjoy nature with some exciting adventures. The reserve has various hiking trails, marked from the easiest to the hardest by its symbols and the corresponding colour.

Route one is the Red Route at a distance of 1.2km, taking approx. 25 minutes to reaching there. The second route to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is Blue with a distance of only 0.7 km, taking 20 minutes approximately that is an easy trail. Route three is Green with a 1.9km distance. It takes 1 hr 20 minutes for a return journey and it is graded as a moderate to difficult trail.

The next route to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is Yellow, which is very difficult among all the trails with a distance of 1.8 kms, will take approximately 1 hr 50 minutes to reach there. The other one is Kampong Trail, which is an easier one consisting a 50-minute journey. The reserve also conducts a trail for bike riders who want to flaunt their riding skills with the specially allocated 6-km long loop around the reserve with difficult routes and technical climbs.

There are some restrictions to ensure conservation of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Feeding, releasing animals and removing the flora and fauna is also not allowed. The visitor center is one of those places where travellers can learn about the flora and fauna. The reserve has an exhibition gallery where you can find interactive touch screens.

Towards the visitor center, there are two columnar trees, which are natives of the Southeast Asia region known as the Meninjau Trees. Fan Palm, found under the shade of forest canopy, is used in the making of umbrellas and hats. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to a variety of birds such as Red Crowned Barbet, Emerald Dove, and the greater racked tailed drongo.

There are some drongos who follow monkeys all the time. Malayan Colugo, millipedes, carpenter bees, squirrels, all live in the confines of this friendly environment and if luck enough, one can catch a sight of the Malayan Pangolin. There is a variety of snakes that reside here. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is also known for history, they have a trail of Battel Reminders, where one can experience the battle for Bukit Timah in the World War ll.


Interesting facts about Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

  • A 62-meter eco link, which is an ecological bridge connecting the Central Catchment to the Nature Reserve.
  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is spread on a small area but considered as the most productive.
  • Kids can learn some art and craft in the nature park workshops.
  • Home to about 500 species of fauna.
  • The most recommended place where you can go for a mountain bike ride.
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