Public access to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve will be limited until the year 2016 to allow vital restoration projects to be carried out.

The reserve is well worth a visit for anyone who is interested in plants or animals. For an area which only accounts for 0.2% of Singapore’s total land mass, it has an incredible diversity, providing a home for two fifths of all of the species of plants and animals native to Singapore.

A journey to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is almost like taking a journey back in time. Whilst walking through the park it is much easier to imagine what Singapore looked like only a few centuries ago when the whole country was covered in lowland tropical forest. Nowadays, these reserves are now all that remains of Singapore’s humble origins, and they provide a shocking and stark contrast with the cosmopolitan and economic powerhouse of the city.

Bukit Timah also has a very important job. The reserve houses a reservoir which is fed clean water by its natural surroundings. The area is protected to ensure the purity of the water in the reservoir which is then fed back to the cities.

 Address: Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589318
Tel: +65 1800 471 7300
Opening hours: restricted access until 2016, see website for details
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