Thursday, May 29, 2008

HSBC Tree Top Walk (part 3) - common questions answered

How many people can the HSBC TTW accommodate?
For the comfort and enjoyment of all visitors, the number of visitors is restricted to 30 pax at any one time as well as visitor flow. The traffic along the walkway is one-way. Therefore, visitors will enter via the ranger post at Bukit Peirce and exit at Bukit Kalang and continue on to the Petaling Trail. NParks rangers will be there to assist visitors.

What can we see up there?
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.

Are there any resting stops along the 11km-route?
A Ranger Station is located at the cross road of the 11 km- hiking route (Route 4) around the MacRitchie Reservoir. It serves as a convenient resting point, with basic amenities such as toilets and a water cooler, and an information kiosk for users. There are no vending machines or food vendors in the reserve. Be sure to bring enough water with you. Carry water bottles and snacks in a backpack to avoid attracting the monkeys and refrain from eating in their presence. There are also no litter bins in the reserves so carry your litter with you and dispose in a bin outside the forest. There are also two shelters at the 2.8 km and 5 km mark along the route. The ranger station will be manned from 8am to 5pm. Visitors who need assistance outside the office hours can contact NPark 24-hour hotline number at 64685736.

Getting ready to go...
* Bring along water bottles, snacks, insect repellent, sun block and some first aid stuff (just in case).
* Bring your camera to capture your encounters with the nature.
* Wear comfortably. You may prefer to leave your new sports shoes at home because they may get dirty. It's ok if you don't mind.
* Relax and walk at your own speed. Keep in mind that you have to backtrack to your starting point.

Trail Etiquette
Before you begin your journey of discovery, do observe . . .
* Silence is golden. Just enjoy your close encounter with the Nature.
* The nature reserves, and all its plants and animals, are protected. You can take photographs but don't bring them home.
* The forest does not recycle your rubbish. Don't litter.
* It is wise to keep to designated trails and roads. Hikers are advised not to use the biking trail.
* No pets are allowed.
* Don't feed the monkeys if you see them, let them learn to survive on their own.

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