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Surprising to many visitors to Singapore, nature and greenery has been flourishing hand-in-hand within this well-known concrete jungle.

The Tree Top Walk is the first of its kind in Singapore and the region – a free-standing suspension bridge spanning Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, the two highest points in MacRitchie. From the bridge, travelers get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding secondary rain-forest and a panoramic view of the nearby Upper Peirce Reservoir.

Work on the S$1.6m bridge began in August 2002 and was completed in July 2004. The total length of the walkway is about 250m and its height from the forest floor varies, with the highest point at 25m.

Not only does the Tree Top Walk play an important role in forest canopy research (it gives researchers access to areas well off the ground), visitors are able to enjoy unfettered views of some 80 species of birds, Colugos (flying lemurs) and Long-tailed macaques (monkeys); as well as enjoy a 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 MacRitchie 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).

Visitors should note that the walkway only allows for one-direction traffic, and the entrance to the bridge is from Ranger Station via Peirce track.

Elsewhere on the Web: For more information on the opening hours of the walkway, check out the Singapore National Parks Board’s official page on Tree Top Walk