LANGUR WAY CANOPY WALK
Langur Way 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 visitors 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.
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.
CURTIS CREST TREE TOP WALK
The Treetop Walk is a 13m HIGHEST PUBLIC viewing platform located on the plateau just above the Mid-Point Rest Area and Museum. 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 (the Governor of Penang’s mansion), can also be seen in all its splendour.
In the 1890’s this plateau was used as one of the first English tennis courts in Malaya by people holidaying on the hill. It was also used as a military parade ground by the East India Company in the early days of the settlement, and the troops stationed here kept watch for approaching enemy ships. On sighting one they would signal Fort Cornwallis in George Town far below so that they could warn the people and prepare for battle.
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. A metal mesh walkway running through the top canopy of the conifers was designed to eventually allow the conifers to envelop the walkway, giving visitors an intimate experience whilst allowing unobstructed views of the entire island at approximately 800 m 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! Today this historic plateau is also an ideal spot for bespoke events such as weddings, dinner parties and picnics.
TRAIL & GARDENS
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.
This enchanting realm allows visitors 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 your senses, visitors 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 you on the flora, fauna, and history of the pathway, but not in such a way as to spoil your experience.
Complimentary nature guided tours are provided to every visitor of The Habitat Penang Hill. The tours are conducted by award-winning naturalists and visitors will be in awe of a large amount of knowledge they can acquire at The Habitat.
Amongst the tree tops there is much to discover as an estimated 50% of forest biodiversity is believed to live in the crown of trees. Learn rope access techniques from our team of specially trained tree climbing specialists who have studied under legendary tree climbing guru, Tim Kovar of Tree Climbing Planet.
Tree climbing is a recreational activity for the entire family and is also essential for scientists studying life in the treetop canopy.
Trees also inspire us to reconnect with nature by bringing us closer than ever before to the rainforest and in the process giving us a different perspective on our relationship with Mother Nature.
Catch one of the best views of Penang Island and the mainland with golden rays of sunlight shining down on the rainforest from Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk. Enjoy an evening stroll in pure nature while the sounds of the jungle light up the beauty of the rainforest at night.
Start your journey with our Guided Nature Walk led by our specially trained team of Naturalists before ending your walk at Curtis Crest just in time for sunset. Enjoy the beauty of the setting sun from the highest viewing point on Penang Island on top of Penang Hill before ending your experience with a Guided Night Walk through our Nature Trail by lantern light.
If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of our night residents including the Colugo or Flying Lemur, Giant Flying Red Squirrel, Tarantulas, Penang Gecko, and several species of frogs and other invertebrates. Listen to our hooting Owls and the many other animals that come out at only at night. The Habitat offers an exclusive Premium Package for those who wish for a private tour.
Treat yourself to an exclusive private tour for two through The Habitat for the most complete, exciting and informative Malaysian rainforest experience. You will be accompanied on your journey from start to finish by our especially trained Naturalists who will help you uncover the secrets of the rainforest. Start on ground level along our Nature Trail and slowly ascend into the tree tops on our Langur Way Canopy Walkway, 30m above the forest floor. Next, take a deep breath as you ascend the steps from the base to the top of Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, nestled amongst the tree tops of ancient Conifer Trees at 800m above sea-level. Finally, you can enjoy the cool breeze of the rainforest as you sit on one of our Giant Swings and take in the magnificent views of the rolling hills of Penang Island while you enjoy a picnic set with pastries, cakes and coffee or tea.