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The Habitat Penang Hill

The Habitat on Penang Hill is a world-class eco-tourism facility located on the fringes of a 130-million-year-old virgin rainforest on Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia. 820 metres above sea-level, it is easily accessible via a 7-minute ride on the Penang Hill Funicular Train from Air Itam or the Botanical Gardens.

The Habitat Nature Trail
The Habitat Nature Trail

With world-class facilities, dramatic natural beauty, and a commitment to conservation and environmental awareness, The Habitat Penang Hill is the place to visit for the most complete, exciting and educational Malaysian rain forest experience. There are various trails for all ages and fitness levels and the trails are wheelchair and stroller friendly. The Habitat Penang Hill is a must visit place in Penang to discover and capture the beauty of our local rainforest nature.

The original Nature Trail built by the British to maintain the drain that runs the entire length of the trail. The drain was built to control water flowing down from the ridge above and prevent soil erosion. Soft opening of The Habitat Penang Hill 1.6km Nature Trail was launched on 8th January 2016 with Naturalists offering complimentary guided nature walks. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang launched Phase 1 of The Habitat on 17th December 2016 officially opening the Nature Trail and Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk. Phase 2 of The Habitat Penang Hill, Langur Way Canopy Walk, launched on 20th January 2018.

Nature Trail with Educational Signs
Nature Trail with Educational Signs

A few minutes’ away from the Top Station of Penang Hill Funicular Railway marks the starting point of the 1.6km long The Habitat nature trail. A trail that meanders below three of the hill’s oldest historic bungalows, and through the entire stretch of The Habitat themed park. Framed lookouts have been carefully created to bring back the forgotten views of the rolling hills and The Andaman Sea beyond. These framed views conjure the romance and magnificent spectacle of Penang Hill.

Ginger Garden
Ginger Garden

This enchanting realm allows us to experience Penang Hill’s rainforest at its very best. Several themed gardens charmingly line the way and include the Fern Garden, Butterfly Bank, Fragrant Garden and Ginger and Palm Grove. Planted with a view to delight our senses, we are invited to touch, smell, see and hear the wonders of jungle completely undisturbed. Educational signs are positioned unobtrusively along the way in such a way to educate us on the flora, fauna, and history of the pathway, but not in such a way as to spoil our experience. Complimentary nature guided tours are provided to every visitor of The Habitat Penang Hill.

Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk
Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk

The Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk is a 13 metres highest public viewing platform located on the plateau just above the Mid-Point Rest Area and Museum. Sited on an old experimental garden set up by renowned botanist Charles Curtis back in the 18th century. Many plant species on Penang Hill are named after Charles Curtis, hence in respect of the historical signature, the attraction was named Curtis Crest. Native conifers, Dacrydium Elatum planted during the early days of Charles Curtis, formed a natural oval shape that determined the walkway’s design.

Unobstructed Views 800 metres above sea level.
Unobstructed Views 800 metres above sea level

A metal mesh walkway running through the top canopy of the conifers was designed to eventually allow the conifers to envelop the walkway, giving us an intimate experience whilst allowing unobstructed views of the entire island at approximately 800 metres above sea level. Like walking on a carpet of evergreen pine needles through pristine montane forest, the Curtis Crest experience is akin to climbing to the very top of a tree to gain that amazing view.

Bel Retiro
Bel Retiro

Designed to handle up to 120 people at a time, it offers mesmerizing 360-degree views of Penang, including George Town, and serves as the highest public viewing point on the island. On a clear day the islands of Langkawi can be seen in the distance, and if you look just in front of you, Bel Retiro can also be seen in all its splendour.

Langur Way Canopy Walk
Langur Way Canopy Walk

Langur Way Canopy Walk was named after spotting a family of Dusky Leaf Langurs sitting on the cables, munching on forest canopy leaves whilst the bridge was being built. A walk on Langur Way allows us to experience all the forest layers from forest floor to emergent canopy. Due to its height and location spanning 3 headlands and 2 valleys, visitors will be able to see previously unattainable views of forest valleys and the Andaman Sea beyond.

Virgin Jungle’s Canopy
Virgin Jungle’s Canopy

An extension to the trees themselves our Canopy Walk gives you a spectacular view across the hills to the state of Kedah. With multiple viewing platforms, spanning approximately 230m in length it stands at 15m at the highest point. The Habitat Canopy Walk is designed and engineered to be tree friendly without rigging any of the steel cables directly onto the trees. The spacious and sturdy platforms provide a safe and unobstructed up-close view of the 130 million year old virgin jungle’s canopy.

Giant Swings
Giant Swings

Throughout the Nature Trail, we come across numerous rest areas set in themed gardens such as the fern, ginger and fragrant gardens. They can rest at the Golden Bromeliad or Orchid Pavilions, take a moment to reflect and take in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. We can also take a breather on one of the Giant Swings along the trail. Few Giant Swings can be found in The Habitat where one is located near the Canopy Walk and the other is located in between the Drongo Circle and the Squirrel Circle.

The Habitat Penang Hill is open daily from 9:00am to 5:30pm, exit by 7:00pm for Standard Walk. Sunset & Night Walk from 5:30pm onwards to7:00pm, exit by 8:00pm, including weekends & public holidays.

Admission Fee for Standard Walk, adult RM53, children and senior citizen RM31.50. For Sunset Walk, adult RM74.20, children and senior citizen RM42.40. Family package for 2 adults and 2 children, Standard Walk RM137.80, Sunset Walk RM190.80. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Trip Suggestion : 4 hours

 

Operating Hours : Daily 09:00–20:00

Admission Fee : Standard Walk, adult RM53, children and senior citizen RM31.50. For Sunset Walk, adult RM74.20, children and senior citizen RM42.40. Family package for 2 adults and 2 children, Standard Walk RM137.80, Sunset Walk RM190.80.

Address : Jalan Bukit Bendera, Bukit Bendera, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia

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