At the hostel, I met an interesting guy from South Africa who was living in Thailand and traveled to Singapore often. He told me that there was a nature walk in the tree tops of Singapore’s rain forrest which not even the locals knew about. I set out in search of this hiking opertunity a day later.
Sure enough, not even the cab driver knew where it was, although he had heard of it.. I was, however, armed with directions, and was able to navigate us there.
The hike starts out at the country club. It really is “the” country club, as there is only one. From there you walk deeper into the rain forrest until you reach the HSBC Tree Top Trail.
In an effort to preserve the environment, the entire trail is elevated above the ground. The idea of the trail is that most of the rain forrest action is up in the top of the canopy, not down on the ground. To view the tops of the trees, a giant suspension bridge was erected across a canyon. The bridge looks like something out of an Indiana Jones move, long and narrow. Fortunately, there were no natives hacking away at cables.
And then, at this moment, the battery in my camera died. So once again, dear reader, you get the benefit of many rain forrest photos taken with my handy iPhone.
Of course, the fun of the day wasn’t ove yet, there was still more jungle action to be had at the Night Safari.
The Night Safari is an attraction put on by the Singapore Zoo which opperates at night and allows you to see the nocturnal animals doing something other that sleeping.
I grew up in San Diego, home of the world’s largest zoo, so I tend to ignore zoos, but I had never been to one at night, so I had to go. Besides, this is one of Singapore’s star attractions!
It was actually quite neat, we saw flying squrrels and tigers and elephants. The night creatures are pretty interesting. Although you can pretty much see them all during the day, you get a better appriciation for them at night. For example, in the tiger area, where we could hardly see the tiger, it was clear that he was keenly aware of us. At night, according to the signs, tigers can see 20 times better than humans.
Having a dead camera didn’t bother me because it would have wanted to fire the flash, which was not allowed on the tour. The iPhone doesn’t take very good night photos either, so if you want to see it you’ll have to visit the Night Safari.