For such a tiny island on the map, Singapore has quite a large number of nature reserves, hiking trails and parks filled with lots of lush greenery and flora and fauna — some of which are really rare and can only be found in our region. Lots of people spend time at these places over the weekends, like going on a hike at the Macritchie Nature Trail, or having a picnic at the Labrador Nature Reserve, and the list goes on.
Now, there’s a new kid on the block for you to explore when you want to get away from the usual hustle and bustle of the city — the Rifle Range Nature Park.
Located just a stone’s throw away from the popular Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, near Beauty World MRT station, this new nature park will act like a green force-field, protecting the nature reserve from the outside developments and effects so that it remains untouched by pollutants as much as possible.
Other than that, it also serves as a wonderful place for visitors to explore and learn about the vast biodiversity on our little red dot.
As you start your adventure at the nature park, you’ll immediately be greeted by a whole new world filled with lush greenery and an assortment of barrier-free trails and boardwalks to bring you as close to nature as you can get — and it almost looks like a place straight out of a movie (Pandora from Avatar, perhaps?).
One of the main highlights of the park is definitely the Colugo Deck (in which you can get to by hiking up the Colugo Trail) — a cliffside viewing deck 31 metres above the wetlands where you’ll be able to take in a panoramic view of the surroundings. Fun fact about this infrastructure: it’s actually inspired by how a Sunda Colugo (Sunda flying lemur) looks like when it’s gliding!
For the little ones, there’s also a Forest Exploration Trail — a play area for kids to explore by climbing and balancing on different logs and boulders.
If you love bird-watching or just animals in general, you’ll also be thrilled to see that the park is home to many animal species like the Scarlet Skimmer and Common Kingfisher. In fact, there are even infrastructures with nets and poles built in to help tree-dwelling animals like the Long-tailed Macaque and Flying Lemur move around easier!
Ready to explore the vast biodiversity of Singapore and take in some gorgeous views? Head on over to Rifle Range Nature Park!
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