MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir
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Jo Thomson
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Family
This a beautiful rainforest walk. We spent 4 hours walking. There are different trails. We did all of them. There are short trails that are entirely on the boardwalk. The rest are on a cleared path. The tree top walk is amazing. You cross a suspended bridge.
There are monkeys everywhere. Beware, they will grab a plastic bag if they see it. One climbed up my daughter's leg when she stopped to take a photo! . Once past the boardwalk, there are fewer monkeys to be seen.
We also saw turtles, water monitors, birds, squirrels. The rainforest is a peaceful piece of paradise with beautiful birdsong. There is a Cafe at the start. You can also kayak. This is a must do if you enjoy nature walks. Make sure you have decent walking shoes. Much of the walk is in the shade. There are a couple of ranger stations on the way to refill water bottles and toilet stops. Do not carry plastic bags even in back pack. A monkey jumped on my backpack and unzipped it, taking out the contents. I tried to take the plastic from it but it bared its teeth. I picked up plastic bag remnants and juice bottles on the walk so it obviously happens often.
Written 24 July 2022
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Andi
Singapore, Singapore39 contributions
Friends
Walked through all the trails. Overall enjoyable. It’s nice to be with nature and stop think about things for a while. I think it’d be much more enjoyable alone. Safe, map is clear, you won’t get lost, and if you do just ask other hikers.
Written 27 December 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,079 contributions
I walked earth trail of Lornie Nature Trail and then followed by the Chemperai Boardwalk to make a loop walk. I noticed two plants growing along the edge of the water next to the boardwalk. They are the tiny pink flowers of the Stream Bog Moss and the Pipewort. This is a lovely walk just under 1 hour.
Written 13 October 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,079 contributions
One of the most scenic trail in Singapore is the Prunus-Petai Trail. The boardwalk trail skirts the edge of the water on one side and the forest on the other. The water appears turquoise at most time. Early in the morning, one can see the straight beam of the sunlight streaming through the forest. There is a hut with seat for comtemplation along the trail while there are other platforms with seats for lookout. I enjoyed learning more about nature from the numerous information boards along the way such as rusting of the leaves ( a common sight ) being due to the growth of a type of algae on the leaves. It may prevent the leaves from absorbing sunlight for photosynthesis.
I also noticed many leaf litter plants and fan palms along the way.
As it is a short trail of only about 2 km, the exit leads to the MacRitchie Nature Trail, an earth trail with its undulating path.
Some two kilometres from the starting point of the MacRitchie Nature Trail, there are many brown Keruing leaves on the ground indicating that elements of the primary forests have returned. Besides the dipterocarps, there are other plant species of the primary forest such as Dysoxylum cauliflorum with their fascinating fruits. Its 3–5-chambered red fruit is top-shaped and develops either solitarily or in clusters from the trunk.

When the British colonists arrived in 1819 followed by the immigrant settlers, much of the primary rainforest in this area were felled to make way for the cash crops such as gambier and rubber. However these cash crop were abandoned as the years passed.

With the abundant rainfall on the island, the forest soon grew back and became impenetrable with the tangle of undergrowth characteristic of secondary forest. These secondary forest surrounds MacRitchie Reservoir today. At the entrance of the trail near the Little Sisters of the Poor, a few rubber trees can be spotted and they immediately betray this forest's past. The ground are often littered with the rubber seeds around here. It is possible to find the intact rubber fruit containing the three seeds before it opens by explosion.
Written 8 May 2021
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Sheryl_Lim
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Though it has been filled with joggers and walkers in mornings and evenings, but the reservoir always maintains its calmness and peacefulness.
Written 19 December 2020
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Ting Yi
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
Went here recently after a long time of absence! still as beautiful and preserved as it was 10 years ago!
Written 29 September 2020
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KP Wong-Sg
Singapore, Singapore204 contributions
Friends
A place that accommodates activities for family, friends or self - walking, picnics, exercise, canoeing.. but no pets or vehicles on wheels are allowed.
The forest trails & boardwalks loop around the waterbody.. so there is flexibility of a short walk to a 4.hour walk. On wetter days, we can skip the forest trails & stick to the boardwalks.
Dont carry plastic bags coz they excite the wild macaques. Not a good idea to eat in the huts in forested areas.
Water coolers & toilets r found midway - abt 5km fr the main entrances.
Written 15 September 2020
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JeffLeong
Singapore, Singapore3,586 contributions
The silver lining of Covid-19 is the lack of crowds at MacRitchie Reservoir. It is almost like having the park to yourself and a few others. The prevailing cool weather brought about by occasional rains has made our visit to the park even more pleasurable.

We visited in the late afternoon to catch the changing atmosphere from day to night. We shared the park with a few families, joggers, dog walkers and a few groups of young adults. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tranquility of the park. It was lovely to watch the setting sun casts its amber colours across the shimmering water and darkens the trees around the reservoir.

We stayed until 7.45pm when the last light in the sky has receded. The park was almost empty by this time. A lovely outing indeed.
Written 12 September 2020
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nicholasw329
Singapore, Singapore107 contributions
Was getting bored of being cooped up in the lock down and since it was legal to exercise, I went for a 5 km run (more walk at age 51+) at MacRitchie after 30 odd years. Did the route I remembered at school's cross-country runs - it's changed a bit with not access to SICC golf course, now fenced up to runners. It was tranquil and so so beautiful. I forgot how peaceful it was there. Now with traffic diverted to further away at Lornie Highway, it's so much nicer. It was dusk and the sun was going down over the water around the boardwalk. Literally 2 mins from the main gathering area and car park, I was deep in the jungle overgrowth and stunning tree canopies with just a mud and gravel path to run on. Hope the authorities with preserve this Nature Reserve!
Written 7 September 2020
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,079 contributions
I started at the trail beside the Island Country Club along Adam Road to shorten the walk. A longer hike would involve starting from entrance of MacRitchie Reservoir.
From here, it is about 2.5 km to Jelutong Tower and this stretch of the trail is most scenic especially along Golf Link. There is also a boardwalk along the way.
After Jelutong Tower, there is a sign post at the fork indicating the way to Bukit Timah Hill or to the Tree Top.
After crossing a stream by stepping on the stones, one can hear sound of rapid water quite near to the sign post pointing the way to Bukit Timah Hill. The path ahead is undulating and the soil is reddish in colour. The end of this Rifle Range Link leads to Rifle Range Road. After 10-15 mins walk along the road (there are very few cars here), one walk along the Rifle Range Flyover. Ahead is a clearly shown path to connect to either Bukit Timah Hill via the Catchment Path or onwards to Diary Farm. The path along the wide open field is scenic and easy to do. I took about 1.5 hour to reach Diary Farm Nature Park.
Written 27 August 2020
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