Southern Ridges, Singapore

25 January 2019

A hike along the Southern Ridges, passing through four different city parks: Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, and Kent Ridge Park.

Starting with going up the steps into Mount Faber Park.

Various views of the city and harbor can be had from up here.

Hard to tell what kind of bird of prey this is exactly, but very possibly a White-bellied sea eagle.

Then across the Henderson Waves, a pedestrian bridge with a modern design.

A view from the bridge.

Then into Telok Blangah Hill Park.

And along the Forest Walk, an elevated walkway through the treetops.

But the city is never far away...

Another interesting bridge design, the Alexandra Arch.

Entangled...

One day these will be fully-grown bananas.

Then into Hort Park, a landscaped flower garden.

A cute pair of Zebra doves.

And then, an elusive bird I've been trying to capture on camera for a while. The Black-naped oriole.

It was just having a meal. Look at that huge grasshopper it has in its beak!

Continuing on through the flower garden.

And then the canopy walk into Kent Ridge Park.

A Draco, or flying lizard. I actually did see it fly, although couldn't capture that on camera, unfortunately. Wonderful sight, though!

And finally ending at the pond in Kent Ridge Park.

Map, elevation profile, and additional information

GPS track SouthernRidges.gpx
Trailhead coordinates 1.266683, 103.821110
Length & cumulative elevation 8.3km, +260/-230m
Public transport MRT yellow ("Circle") line, stop "Harbour Front" at Mount Faber Park end and "Kent Ridge" at Kent Ridge Park end.
Useful websites Southern Ridges
world-birds.com (Singapore)
Remarks Mount Faber Park is very touristy due to the cable car going up there, the other parks are somewhat quiter. A nice walk, but still very much urban parks.

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All images © 2019 Wim Hordijk