Saturday, February 24, 2007

Suspended amongst the tree tops

This is literally in my backyard and it took me four years and a visiting american friend to take me into the nature reserve to attempt one of the longer hiking routes in MacRitchie.
The route brings you through different stages of a mature secondary rain forest with the Tree Top Walk as the highlight.
The first of its kind in Singapore and in the region, this free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang in MacRitchie. Suspended 25m above the ground, the walkway gives you a closer look at the canopy.
One is suppose to be able to view of some of forest birds; Colugos (flying lemurs) and Long-tailed macaques (monkeys); view trees from an entirely different angle. Some 80 species of birds and 18 rare trees can been spotted in the forest. We saw none during our hike as it was too late in the morning. We did however enjoy the panoramic view of Upper Peirce Reservoir.
The distance to the entrance of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 4.5 km (1.5 - 2 hour walk) from the reservoir park and 2.5 km (45 mins - 1 hr walk) from the carpark at Venus Drive. Therefore, a round trip including the TreeTop Walk is about 7 to 10 km (3-5 hours depending on your walking pace)." Leah and I covered it in 2.5 hours.
Treetop Walk is located near Treetop Walk; near Pierce Track; 0.2 kilometre away from Petaling Trail; 0.4 kilometre away from Sime Track; 0.4 kilometre away from Terentang Trail.

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