The Tree Tops walk had been recommended to us so we set off mid-morning for the short trip to Venus Drive in the centre of the island close to the eastern tip of MacRitchie Reservoir. From the car park the path to the Tree Tops Walk is slightly muddy but becomes more firm as it climbs the hillside. Despite being fairly close to a road you feel you are deep in the rainforest which is amazing considering how densely populated this island is compared to Grenada or Trinidad. A family ahead of us spotted a large lizard sunning itself – probably a Clouded Monitor as it was smaller than the Malaysian Monitor we spotted much later. We stopped and the monitor obligingly posed for photos before being startled by another group’s approach. It pays to do this walk quietly!
|Cloud Monitor Lizard|
|You don't get signs like this in Grenada!|
|Pleasant walkways - but lots and lots of steps!|
|Manicured views - this is primarily a water collection area|
|More odd signs...|
It being Sunday morning there were lots of people with the same idea as us, some even in running kit which seemed like madness. The climb up the hill to the start of the circular Tree Tops Walk was a couple of kilometres. Then it is pure rainforest – ferns, palms and tall spindly trees, though well signposted. Suddenly we were at the bridge over the trees; the suspension bridge spans a valley at heights of up to 25m above the ground meaning only the tallest trees were on a level with us, most of the canopy was spread below. It was amazing to be walking so high up on this single track slightly swaying bridge – not for the faint hearted and not somewhere you’d want to be in one of Singapore’s infamous thunderstorms.
|Tree Tops Bridge|
|Tree top views|
|Its a long way down!|
A local Chinese lady pointed out our second monitor of the walk which obligingly posed on a fallen log for the cameras. Then a few yards further on we came upon a troop of monkeys, Long Tailed Macaques. They were quite fearless, obviously used to humans; the younger ones came and played at Kevin’s feet, another with a tiny tiny baby seemed immune to our presence a few feet away whilst the elder of the troop sat a little further off aloof but watchful.
|Red winged dragon fly|
|A wilder view - the stream|
|Fungus on a fallen log|
|Spot the baby!|
Next up we think is an expedition along some or all of the old railway running through Bukit Timah known as the Green Corridor which is just a few minutes walk from our current apartment although exploring the Botanic Gardens also appeals.
|And back at the car a grasshopper!|