walkway through secondary forest
The walkway is
a free-standing suspension bridge spanning Bukit Peirce and Bukit
Kalang, the two highest points in MacRitchie.
At 25m above the ground, the walkway gives you a closer look at the
canopy, where all the action takes place. Here, you also have a better
view of some of our forest birds; Colugos (flying lemurs) and Long-tailed
macaques (monkeys); view trees from an entirely different angle and
enjoy a panoramic view of Upper Peirce Reservoir. Some 80 species
of birds and 18 rare trees have been spotted in the forest.
The walkway is the first of its kind in Singapore and in the region.
Work on the S$1.6m bridge began in August 2002 and was completed in
The site for the trail was carefully chosen to ensure that plant and
animal communities were not disturbed during the building of the bridge.
The walkway will also play an important role in forest canopy research,
because it gives researchers access to areas well off the ground.
More tips for visitors
Opening hours of the Walk are Tue to Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat, Sun and Public
Holidays: 8.30am-5pm. Closed on Mondays except public holidays for
maintenance and research.
From the NParks website: "The TreeTop Walk is accessible from
MacRitchie Reservoir Park via MacRitchie Nature Trail (indicated as
Route 3 on map) or from Venus Drive, off Upper Thomson Road.
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)."
There will be a one-way traffic system on the Tree Top Walk.
That is, visitors can only enter from the Bukit Peirce entrance (via
Peirce Track). Walking towards Bukit Kalang, visitors will exit along
the Petaling Trail.
This system is to allow visitors a more enjoyable visit. The walkway
is narrow and the number of people that can be on the walkway at
the same time is limited to 30 persons. NParks rangers will also
on hand at the site to assist visitors.
More FAQs about the Walk on the
NParks website: What can we see up there? Are there any resting
stops along the 11km-route?
As for any outdoor trip, it is important to be well prepared for an
enjoyable outing. See Route to
treetop walk enjoyable for the prepared Streets 16 Nov 04
about the Tree Top Walk