MacRitchie Reservoir

Attraction MacRitchie Reservoir Singapore Published on: 13-11-2015

3 hours
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Beach
Nature
Must see
Kids
Free
Parks & Aquarium
0.00 USD

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MacRitchie Reservoir is a fantastic destination for someone who wants to discover the beauty of nature, especially for walkers, joggers and kayakers.

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Why MacRitchie Reservoir is special ?

Over 100 ha of primary forest still flourish in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve today, particularly around MacRitchie. Rubber trees, remnants of the plantations there in the 19th century, can still be seen along the fringes around MacRitchie. 

There are boardwalks skirting the edge of the scenic MacRitchie Reservoir and walking trails through the forest. They range in distances from 3 km to 11 km. Interpretative signboards along the boardwalks allow for a self-guided tour along the fringes of the MacRitchie forest.

The attractions around MacRitchie Reservoir is a playground of nature for those who love the outdoors.

Did you know? The grave of Lim Bo Seng, a Singaporean war hero in World War II is also located in MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

Source: wildsingapore.com

What to explore at MacRitchie Reservoir?

MacRitchie Walking Trails 

Route 1 (Green) about 1.5-hour walk Trail grade: Easy 

Route 2 (Purple) about 2-hour walk Trail grade: Easy 

Route 3 (Blue) about 4 to 5-hour walk Trail grade: Moderate to difficult 

Route 4 (Yellow) about 4-hour walk Trail grade: Moderate 

Route 5 (Pink) about 4 to 5-hour walk Trail grade: Difficult 

Check the NParks website for latest status of trails. Trails are sometimes affected by landslides, tree falls or other developments.

TreeTop Walk

This free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points in MacRitichie and offers a bird's eye view of the plants and animals that live in the forest canopy.

Water Sports

You can rent kayaks at the Paddle Lodge for some fun in the water. There is a designated area for beginners, and another one for experienced paddlers. 

Let a guide really show you the forest!

Going on a tour with a volunteer guide is the best way to see and learn more about this special forest. Check the NParks website for the latest information on guided walks. 

Source: yoursingapore.com

How to get to MacRitchie Reservoir?

Buses 52, 74, 93, 130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 165, 166, 167, 852, 855 and 980. Alight along Lornie Road at the bus-stop in front of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

If you are going from Orchard Road, take bus 132 or 167.

Marymount MRT Station (Circle line) is located 2km away from MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

If you are driving, entrance to the MacRitchie Reservoir Park car park is along Lornie Road.

Source: myonlinetour.com

Selling points

  • A beautiful oasis in the bustling city
  • One of the best nature reserves
  • Great spot to spend some time outdoors
  • Paradise on earth
  • Peaceful place for relaxation
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
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Tips for you

  • Toilets are far and few between.
    Toilet
  • Taxi is conveniently located and should cost less than $15/- from most places in city.
    Transportation
  • A lot of people jogging and exercising near here.
    Things to do
  • The last entry to the walk is 4:45 pm.
    Things to do
  • There is a cafe (Cafe Vava), but is to bring your own food for flexibility
    What to bring
  • Bring water and good shoes. If you bring snacks, have it in zipper bags (otherwise monkeys might smell it). Small zipper bag for mobile.
    What to bring
  • Going on a tour with a volunteer guide is the best way to see and learn more about this special forest.
    Experience
  • Is nice to go there in the morning for run, hike or stroll especially on weekends!
    Experience
  • The trail quite slippery so be careful
    Safety
  • The car park and entry is bang opposite Mount Alvernia Hospital.
    Things nearby
  • Catch the awesome view of the sunset while running on the wooden trail along the reservoir!
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Taunt a monkey!

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Is nice to go there in the morning for run, hike or stroll especially on weekends! :)

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Free parking: 1st hour, Mon-Fri (except PH) 7am-10pm. As well as Sat, Sun & PH 2pm-5pm. Outside those, 2-cents per min. Entrance @ Lornie Rd

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trail running :)

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The trail quite slippery so ya be careful

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MacRitchie Reservoir Park & HSBC TreeTop Walk is a relatively large area, comprising mostly of the 9 Nature Trails & Tracks (Chemperai, Prunus, Lornie, Jering, Pertaling, Terentang, Jelutong, Sime, Peirce).Most of the attractions are located at the main MacRitchie Reservoir Park area, around the Pump Station, Amenities Centre and Bandstand. As the Singapore Canoe / Kayak Federation is located here, this area is popular with canoe / kayak athletes, who train here fairly often.The start of the Broadwalk / Forest Broadwalk is located just beyond the Kayak / Canoe Launching Pontoon and Fishing Ground, next to a Fitness Corner. This Broadwalk / Forest Broadwalk circles the perimeter of MacRitchie Reservoir Park and the central water catchment area, and is therefore quite long.The Bandstand is located at the older portion of MacRitchie Reservoir Park. With its unique twisting zig zag bridge, the Bandstand is the most iconic structure in MacRitchie Reservoir Park, and is most closely associated with it by Singaporeans. On the nearby hill stands the Lim Bo Seng Tomb, a memorial to Singapore's World War II spy and hero.On the opposite end of MacRitchie Reservoir Park is the HSBC TreeTop Walk. A free-standing suspension bridge that connects 2 hills in MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the HSBC TreeTop Walk offers a fantastic view of the forest canopy. The HSBC TreeTop Walk is also used for research purposes. From the HSBC TreeTop Walk, the Jelutong Tower is just a short distance away, and also offers a great view of the rainforest.The shortest route to HSBC TreeTop Walk is from Venus Drive, or from the Singapore Island Country Club. The longest route is from the main MacRitchie Reservoir Park. A round trip, on foot, via the short route takes around 2.5 hours, while the long route takes around 5 hours.If you're planning a visit, admission is free, though it's best to visit during daylight hours, and before 4.30pm. Allocate between 1 to 6 hours for viewing, depending on which nature trail you follow. Bring plenty of water, and wear a good pair of shoes. If you bring food, keep it sealed in bags, as the resident wildlife, especially monkeys, may be attracted by it.

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Good walking and running track. Scenic and lots of wildlife (birds, monkeys, lizards). Not many facilities for children that we saw (i.e. tiny playground and paths not suitable for scooter)

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i walk around here as often as I can. it is a 11 km circuit and more if you want to take in the treetop walk.It is quiet, hit, humid and great to be away from the sounds smells and clutter that is the vertical mall of Singapore.ercently I saw a 2m water monitor and you will see lots of fish, birds and other animals in ther reserve.Remember to bring lots of water and an umbrella in case it rains.See you on the trail...

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MacRitchie Reservoir Park & HSBC TreeTop Walk is a relatively large area, comprising mostly of the 9 Nature Trails & Tracks (Chemperai, Prunus, Lornie, Jering, Pertaling, Terentang, Jelutong, Sime, Peirce). Most of the attractions are located at the main MacRitchie Reservoir Park area, around the Pump Station, Amenities Centre and Bandstand. As the Singapore Canoe / Kayak Federation is located here, this area is popular with canoe / kayak athletes, who train here fairly often. The start of the Broadwalk / Forest Broadwalk is located just beyond the Kayak / Canoe Launching Pontoon and Fishing Ground, next to a Fitness Corner. This Broadwalk / Forest Broadwalk circles the perimeter of MacRitchie Reservoir Park and the central water catchment area, and is therefore quite long. The Bandstand is located at the older portion of MacRitchie Reservoir Park. With its unique twisting zig zag bridge, the Bandstand is the most iconic structure in MacRitchie Reservoir Park, and is most closely associated with it by Singaporeans. On the nearby hill stands the Lim Bo Seng Tomb, a memorial to Singapore's World War II spy and hero. On the opposite end of MacRitchie Reservoir Park is the HSBC TreeTop Walk. A free-standing suspension bridge that connects 2 hills in MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the HSBC TreeTop Walk offers a fantastic view of the forest canopy. The HSBC TreeTop Walk is also used for research purposes. From the HSBC TreeTop Walk, the Jelutong Tower is just a short distance away, and also offers a great view of the rainforest. The shortest route to HSBC TreeTop Walk is from Venus Drive, or from the Singapore Island Country Club. The longest route is from the main MacRitchie Reservoir Park. A round trip, on foot, via the short route takes around 2.5 hours, while the long route takes around 5 hours. If you're planning a visit, admission is free, though it's best to visit during daylight hours, and before 4.30pm. Allocate between 1 to 6 hours for viewing, depending on which nature trail you follow. Bring plenty of water, and wear a good pair of shoes. If you bring food, keep it sealed in bags, as the resident wildlife, especially monkeys, may be attracted by it.

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Is nice to go there in the morning for run, hike or stroll especially on weekends!

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