Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve information
Singapore’s steamy heart of darkness is Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a 163-hectare tract of undeveloped primary rainforest clinging to Singapore’s highest peak, Bukit Timah (163m). There are five well-established walking trails through the reserve, which take from 20 minutes to one-hour return, as well as a 6km mountain bike trail, though no place to rent bikes. The easiest walking route leads straight to the summit, though you should leave time to explore the less busy side trails.
The steep paths are sweaty work, so take plenty of water, embalm yourself in mosquito repellent, and don’t feed the monkeys no matter how politely they ask.
Guffawing British naturalist David Bellamy once noted that the reserve holds more tree species than the entire North American continent. The unbroken forest canopy of the reserve also shelters what remains of Singapore’s native wildlife, including long-tailed macaques (monkeys), pythons and dozens of bird species.