This isn't the first time we've been there, but I don't seem to have posted about it before (a post may exist, but I don't care enough to check thoroughly). Singapore being a small city-state has only three nature reserves (as opposed to fully developed and manicured parks): Sungei Buloh, Labrador and Bukit Timah. Bukit Timah is the most centrally located. It contains Singapore's highest hill (a very unimpressive 536 feet, shorter than dozens of buildings here), 40% of Singapore's plant and animal species, and the only intact jungle forest on the island.
The main trail to the summit is paved if steep (you can even push a stroller on it, which we've done when R was smaller), and at least on weekends is relatively crowded. However, there are dozens of side trails which are totally deserted (Singaporeans are not big nature lovers, especially if the experience involves dirt and discomfort).
|R on the main path, pointing out the noise of the cicadas|
|R liked the main path because then she could RACE down it at top speed (her dad has to sprint to keep up)|
|She also liked "reading" all the informational placards: that's my girl!|
|Slightly more rugged path|
|This is really rugged! (yes, the branches are the path, up a hill so steep you must climb it mostly on all fours: we helped R so that she wouldn't fall, but she climbed like a champ)|
|This is what Singapore would look like in a natural state: note you can't walk anywhere without a machete|
|R striding along|
|Her favorite part was playing in a jungle stream|
|It was sandy so she could mold the soil to some extent|
|Toddler total satisfaction|