Covering an area of approximately 3,043 hectares, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has been left mostly undisturbed; despite the progress and development that has transformed much of Singapore. One of the first forest reserves established in Singapore, this precious enclave of primary rainforest is a rich source of biodiversity.
Home to Singapore's highest hill at 163.63 metres, as well as a vast number of plant, animal and insect species, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has more than 500 species of animals and over 840 flowering plants. It was also once an active quarrying site in the mid-1900s, with an abandoned quarry which has now been developed as the Hindhede Nature Park, and features rock-climbing activities. If you’d like more information or an educational history of the forest, the Visitor Centre also provides specimens, displays and photos. Biking trails outside the reserve and guided tours are also available.
To protect the forest’s native biodiversity, certain activities are prohibited within the nature reserve – such as hiking in groups of more than 30 without a permit or the feeding of animals. So if you’re planning a trip here, it’s best to come in smaller groups to enjoy the park in a more personalised proximity.