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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Singapore's highest hill standing at a height of 163.63 meters. It houses over 840 species of flowering plants and over 500 species of fauna. It is one of the largest patches of primary rainforest left in Singapore.

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Attractions Near Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Science Centre Singapore

Science Centre Singapore

4.95km from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Scientific institution promoting scientific and technological education for the general public. With over 850 exhibits spread over eight exhibition galleries, it sees over a million visitors a year.

MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir

5.01km from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

The oldest reservoir of Singapore. There are trails, boardwalks, and suspension bridges to explore here.

Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden

5.35km from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Modeled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping, the main characteristic is the integration of architectural features with the natural environment.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

5.75km from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

161-year-old tropical garden honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Orchid Garden, within the main gardens, houses the largest orchid collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids.

Night Safari

Night Safari

6.1km from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

World's first nocturnal zoo. Unlike traditional nocturnal houses, which reverse the day-night cycle of animals so they will be active by day, the Night Safari is an entire open-air zoo set in a humid tropical forest that is only open at night. The Night Safari currently houses over 900 animals representing over 100 species, of which 41% are threatened species.

River Safari

River Safari

6.27km from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

A river-themed zoo and aquarium. It is the first of its kind in Asia and features freshwater exhibits and a river boat ride as its main highlights. One of the main attractions is a pair of male and female giant pandas – Kai Kai and Jia Jia – which are housed in a specially constructed climate-controlled enclosure which change throughout the four seasons emulating their original environment.

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What Visitors Say About Bukit Timah Nature Reserve


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Albin Varghese

I and my friends were bored at home during Chinese New Year period, so we decided to explore Bukit Timah nature reserve. It was quite hot outside, despite the weather geared up and get our rides and went straight to Bukit Timah. The place has got a different vibe a different energy. Hiking trail in this place are popular. Our objective is to experience nature in its pristine form. This place is singapore’s one of the richest and most diverse ecological system.


This 163-ha reserve includes Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah Hill, which stands at 163 m and retains one of the few areas of primary rainforest in the country. The forest on the hill has been a botanical collection ground for more than a century, and the first known specimens of many species of Malayan plants have been obtained here.

Established in 1883, Bukit Timah Forest Reserve was one of the first forest reserves to be created in Singapore, as recommended by Nathaniel Cantley, the then Superintendent of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In 1882, Cantley was commissioned by the government of the Straits Settlements to prepare a report on the forests of the settlements. In his report, he recommended for several forest reserves to be created on the island, which were established over the next few years.

How to get there

By bus: 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961

Alight at Jalan Anak Bukit Road, opposite Beauty World Centre (Bus stop ID: 42109), or

Alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Bus stop ID: 42091)

By MRT: Alight at Beauty World MRT Station, take Exit A


Nature Reserve Opening Hours


7am to 7pm daily

Exhibition Hall Opening Hours

8am to 5.30pm daily

Carpark Opening Hours

7am to 7pm daily (No overnight parking)

[Alternative parking is available at Cheong Chin Nam Road, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre and Beauty World Shopping Centre.]

Accessibility Info

- Wheelchair accessible to Visitor Centre

- No pets allowed in Nature Reserve

No smoking Smoke-free (all nature reserves)

For public safety, please do not enter the nature reserve and forested areas during stormy weather, as such inclement weather may cause trees and branches to fall. Do note that when planning to go outdoors, you may dial 65427788 for weather forecast.
Albin Varghese

Albin Varghese

Best place for day trekking beginners. Easy trail, lush green forest.


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