Although Singapore is mostly known for its gleaming skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, and modern infrastructure and outlook, there are also plenty of places where you can get out and about and enjoy being in beautiful nature. The country is home to a variety of wildlife and Singapore’s natural hotspots are really rather beautiful!
There are also several organic farms, gardens, and similar which allow you to experience being outdoors whilst having fun and discovering more.
Some great places for enjoying nature and wildlife spotting in the country include:
Bukit Batok Nature Park
Free to enjoy, the Bukit Batok Nature Park is a lovely place to spend a few hours wandering along the different walking trails. Take a stroll through the forests and see an abundance of flora and fauna. If you enjoy jogging you’ll love this place! There are several scenic lookout points that provide great views of the locale and the pond is a top spot for taking photos. The park has been created at a disused mine. There were formerly two Japanese war memorials in the park – have a look at the plaque that shows what once stood here.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
A fairly small nature reserve, Bukit Timah is a lovely place for smaller groups to enjoy the lush and protected natural landscapes and wildlife. It was one of the country’s first forest reserves and visitors can also climb the tallest hill in the country. The hill stands at just over 163 metres tall. The views out over the surrounding rainforests are really pretty. A former mining site, it’s terrific place for hiking and cycling. Admire the many different types of wild flowers and see what native creatures you can spot.
MacRitchie Nature Trail
A variety of different adventures are available in the MacRitchie area. An 11 kilometre track runs around the reservoir, ideal for walking and jogging. The reservoir and diverse wildlife makes this a great way to spend a day in Singapore. Monkeys, lemurs, squirrels, and lizards are just a few of the creatures that call the area home. Visitors can also appreciate the scenery from a different perspective, with a high treetop walk giving great views down into the forests and across over the treetops. The heights certainly get the adrenalin flowing! Several water sports are also available on the glistening reservoir, including canoeing, kayaking, and sailing.
A pretty and rural part of the country, a visit to the Kranji countryside offers a completely different view of Singapore. The agricultural heart of the country, the fields and orchards are used for growing a wide selection of produce. It is possible to visit many of the farms and learn more about their methods. Treat yourself to tasty meals made using the wonderfully fresh and locally grown ingredients.
Take a peaceful stroll along the boardwalk and explore the areas of interesting mangroves. Filled with different wildlife, this is a particularly great place for spotting an array of different birds. A tower makes seeing a rich variety of feathered creatures even easier.