Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Overview

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a location which will let you connect with nature and see it in its purest form. This reserve covers an area of 163 hectares and is a home to the highest hill of Singapore. Famous for enjoying a session of mountain biking, this nature reserve is a perfect spot to spend some time away from the humdrums of the city. 

Live and co-exist with natural surroundings and experience the serenity of the Bukit Timah Natural Reserve located only 12 km away from the hullabaloo of Singapore. Considered as the richest ecological wonder in the beautiful city of Singapore due to its affinity with the equator, the reserve boasts of lush green vegetation, and a diverse variety of flora and fauna. The reserve also has Singapore's highest peak, Bukit Timah hill and has also preserved its rainforests.

The forests located on the hill have the rarest quality of Malayan plants which surely should be seen. The rarest of flora and fauna are found here and that is primarily the reason why the reserve is considered a favourite spot for people to visit every year, including those interested in Singapore tours from India. Once a hidden gem, but when people started coming here and spreading the good word, the place has become an extremely popular destination to explore.

The premise also has an interactive gallery which allows the visitors to gather and seek information on forest ecology, varieties and pictures of flora, insects and fauna along with tree-spotting displays. The charm of the centre is in the centrepiece where two grandiose and imposing Sumatran Tiger replicas are kept on display. A reserve is also a great option for passionate hikers who can grab the opportunity to take a hike up the hill battling high slopes and taking tougher terrains on your way. You can research on the umpteen walking routes available and select one according to the difficulty level you can take.

If you do not like voyaging on foot then you can surely bike your way on the segregated routes. The reserve has a lot of activities to do in Singapore for all age groups, especially children who can take a lot of learning back home. The reserve also conducts a nature workshop where kids can enjoy the arts and craft making in the luxury of lushness. The reserve is the pride of Singapore and also a sigh of relief when you are in contact with nature and yourself.

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• A nature park in the geographic focus of Singapore which has a rich verdure.
• Home to numerous hiking trails, picnic spots, and adventure activities in the middle of the lavish skyscrapers and a metropolitan surrounding of Singapore.
• Discover a number of cafés close to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to appreciate a top-notch food experience.
• An incredible spot for nature darlings where they can spot extraordinary untamed life and birds and appreciate the wild.
• An impeccable spot to get into climbing, trekking, and setting up camp.


• Wheelchair Accessible

How To Reach

By Bus: You can catch bus numbers 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961 which will take you to Jalan Anak Bukit Road. From here you will have to walk for 4 to 5 minutes to finally reach your destination.

By MRT: You can take an MRT to Beauty World MRT Station from where you will take exit A to reach the nature reserve.

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Best Time To Visit

Months just after the monsoon season are best to explore nature reserves. In addition to this, make sure that you visit here during the early hours of the day to enjoy exploring the reserve in a lesser crowd.

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Places to See and Things to do near Bukit Timah Reservoir

  1. Horse Ride: Gallop stables at Horse city lets you take a good look of the reserve riding a horse with an instructor. If you are not up for a foot journey, the ride can get interesting especially when your kids also can sit on a pony while taking the ride. Book now: Horse Riding Singapore
  2. Visit the Pasar Bella Market: The farmer's market is spread in a sprawling space of 30,000 sqft. A zone where traders meet foodies, this market is a wealth of discoveries in the form of pastries, sauces and much more.
  3. Treetop Walks: Hikers will love to venture on this treetop especially when it takes them above the lush rainforests. The treetops as suggested in the title takes you atop the hills which will enable you to envision sights of monkeys and macaques. You can take different trails to reach the treetop providing the much-needed thrills for you.
  4. Visit the Botanic Garden: A UNESCO world heritage site spread in 74 acres is a visual treat with about 10,000 different species of plants. By booking Botanic Garden Tickets all the nature lovers are surely gonna love this place.
  5. Visit National Orchid Garden: An important part of the Botanical garden, you can find 60,000 species of plants here. You will find carpets of beautiful and colourful flowers and walks which you will remember.

Do's and Don'ts of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

1. Maintain your distance with the monkeys: Monkeys can be a big problem here so when you encounter them on your way, ensure that you look down and walk at a good distance away from them. The monkeys can get aggressive if they sense any threat which then will not be a favourable situation.

2. Maintain the spirit of the Reserve: The Park is a rejuvenating experience and it will help if the visitors maintain it by ensuring that they keep it clean.

3. Check the weather: Ensure that before you decide to embark on this beautiful journey, you get first-hand information about the weather because we do not recommend you to visit here during the rainy season and stormy situations.

4. Do not become noisy: The venue is meant to be enjoyed because of its pristine and immaculate experience. The peace one experiences are unmatchable and visitors should maintain the sanctity of the location and ensure not to spoil the peace by becoming very noisy.

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5. Respect the wildlife and fauna: The preservation of wildlife and the plantations is done so with relentless zeal to ensure the guests enjoy and learn. It is requested that all visitors do not try to disrupt the process and pose any harm or danger to these animals.

6. Be careful in your hikes: Ensure that you follow all safety standards and do not go off track the trail that is meant for your hike. A little deviation can be fatal and can go against the safety standards that are ensured by the authorities.

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Tips for Bukit Timah Nature

  • It is the very first themed wildlife park that nestles in the middle of Singapore Zoo
  • Smoking inside the reserve is completely restricted. 
  • You are not allowed to bring your pets to the reserve along with you
  • You should keep yourself refrained from picking any flower or plant inside the reserve
  • You should take a trail permit prior to the visit in order to avoid any kind of hassle.
  • This place is very much famous for its mountain biking and it is something not for hiking and walking.

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Point of Interest for Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Bukit Timah Mountain Biking Trail

Bukit Timah Mountain Biking Trail

Being the oldest biking trail of Singapore, the Bukit Timah Mountain Biking Trail is a one stop destination for all the thrill and fun seekers. The trail spans for over 7 KM and passes through some of the most dramatic terrains, making it a must try sport here. The trail takes you towards many thrilling rock gardens and blind spots which makes the overall ride more thrilling and enjoyable. 

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve FAQs

What Are The Highlights At The Reserve?

The Bukit Reserve is an absolute delight for nature and trek lovers. The Bukit Timah hill stands tall spread at an area of 163 m. The reserve is full of rich flora and fauna that is native to Singapore. Despite having 40% of native flora and fauna, the area so occupied is only close to 1% to that of the total area in Singapore.

You will find rare species like Plantain Squirrel, the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the Singapore Freshwater Crab which is also a very rare form of crab that can be found only in Singapore. The Reserve is the only hill forest located in Singapore which in itself is a highlight because such reserves can be found only when they are above 300 meters from the sea level.

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How long does it take to complete a visit to the park?

If you have decided to take a trail atop the hill, ascend and descend will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The entire visit to the reserve will easily take 3-4 hours and if you include the trek it might take a bit longer. Since the park is open only till 7.00 PM we advise you to experience the bright and chirpy mornings and complete the entire tour in daylight.

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How long is Bukit Timah Hill?

The Bukit Timah Hill also fondly called as the Mount Everest of Singapore stands 163 meters tall. The hill is accessible and has proven to be a popular point especially for trekkers and nature freaks. Entry to the hill can be done via Hindhede road. The trail to the peak of the summit can get risky if precautions are not taken. There are several routes to reach the top of the hill and the hikers can pick the route that suits their determination.

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May I bring my own food into the park?

You can bring food here and a sufficient amount of water too because the trail and the reserve walk can tire you and make you hungry. You have to be careful about littering here as the reserve is extremely well kept and renovated new. Also, there are many monkeys here so it is best to hide food whenever they are around so that they do not get aggressive.

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Can I do trekking at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve?

The reserve is known for its hikes and trails. The natural wildlife centre has a hill which is a great way for trekkers to spend their day trekking. There are 7 hiking trails around the reserve which you can take based on the level of difficulty you can take.

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