If you love trekking and adventure sports, then you’ll surely love Singapore. This tiny country in the Southeast Asia has it all what it takes to be an ultimate trekking destination. Besides providing lots of options for avid trekkers, Singapore’s trekking trails give you an opportunity to get up close with the country’s rich flora and fauna, something you cannot miss out on. For bird watchers and nature lovers, these trails are simply unbelievable and hard to resist!
Given below are some of the best and most popular trekking trails in Singapore that you need to check out before you pack your backs and head back home. Make sure you have packed all necessary items in your bag before you embark on these adventures.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
This Asian Heritage Park is where you need to start your trekking trail. After all, this nature reserve is home to about 40% of Singapore’s rich flora and fauna. The best part in selecting Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for your trekking adventures is that you get an opportunity to come really close to lush vegetation and dense tropical forest. Nowhere else in Singapore, you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best.
While you’re at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve you should not miss out on a chance to visit the Eco-Link, an ecological bridge that connects the Central Catchment Nature Reserve with the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The idea behind the construction of this bridge, a one-of-a-kind in the whole of Southeast Asia, is to maintain a sort of ecological connection between these two reserves and to help the wildlife improve their survival chances and expand on their genetic pool and habitat. Avid trekkers have the option to select guided walks through Eco-Link. However, to exercise this option you need to register yourself at an allocated time.
While you’re trekking in this region make sure that you’re not wearing brightly coloured clothes as animals may interpret them wrongly. Also, make sure that you’re not using sunscreen or insect repellant as their scent may force the animals to stay away from the bridge!
MacRitchie Reservoir and Treetop Walk
The MacRitchie Reservoir is yet another Singapore’s popular trekking destination that you’ll surely love if you’re an outdoor person or simply a nature lover. For locals, the mere mention of MacRitchie Reservoir reminds them of the Treetop walk, nature trails and ever popular cross-country runs.
The tourists-friendly reservoir is beautifully nestled between a water catchment system, nature reserve and a park and provides ample opportunities for trekkers and nature lovers to get up close with nature and be their own.
Also, if you love the experience of walking with your head really close to the top of trees then you’re surely going to like the Treetop Walks that this nature’s playground will provide to you. For Treetop Walks you need to make your way through a 250-meter long suspension bridge that is located at the highest points of the reservoir.
Do not feel surprised if you bump into monitor lizards, squirrels and macaque monkeys while you’re taking an exhilarating walk across the 11km long MacRitchie Trail. And if you’re extremely lucky, you may even encounter owls or flying lemurs!
Besides the rich history, Southern Ridges has a lot to offer to trekkers and nature lovers alike. Located in the heart of Singapore, this is the place where you’ll enjoy the panoramic views of the city, the Southern Islands and harbour. Besides this, the Southern Ridges has a collection of a wide range of flora and fauna.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Southern Ridges has a lot to offer. The open and green spaces of about 10km provide an alternative to bird watchers, nature lovers, shutterbugs, history buffs, serious walkers and many others to have an outing they’ll not encounter anywhere else, let alone in Singapore!
While you’re at the Southern Ridges do not miss out on the Henderson Waves, a gigantic structure that connects Telok Blangah Hill Park to Mount Faber Park. This pedestrian bridge is the largest of its kind in Singapore standing 36 meters above the main road. The Canopy Walk and the Forest Walk are other popular attractions in and around the Southern Ridges. These are also the places where you’ll find a wide variety of birds in their natural habitat.