Exploring the Beauty of MacRitchie Reservoir: A Travel Agent’s Personal Experience
As a travel agent based in Singapore, I am always on the lookout for unique and beautiful destinations to recommend to my clients. One such gem that I recently discovered is MacRitchie Reservoir, a nature reserve located in the heart of Singapore. My visit to MacRitchie Reservoir was an unforgettable experience, and I couldn’t wait to share my personal insights with fellow nature enthusiasts and travelers. Here’s a glimpse into my adventure at MacRitchie Reservoir, divided into exciting headings for easy navigation.
Getting to MacRitchie Reservoir by public transport
Getting to MacRitchie Reservoir is quite easy, as it is well-connected by public transport. I took the MRT to Marymount Station and then hopped on a bus that dropped me right at the entrance of the reservoir. The journey was smooth, and I was already excited by the lush greenery as I made my way towards the main entrance.
The most convenient way to get there is by taking the MRT to Marymount Station on the Circle Line (CC16). From there, you can exit the station and take either Bus 52, 74, 93, 157, or 165 to reach the entrance of the reservoir.
If you take Bus 52, alight at the MacRitchie Reservoir Park bus stop, which is the closest stop to the entrance. If you take Bus 74, 93, 157, or 165, alight at the bus stop opposite the Singapore Island Country Club, which is just a short walk away from the entrance.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi or private car to reach MacRitchie Reservoir. There is a car park near the entrance, where you can park your vehicle.
It’s worth noting that the entrance to MacRitchie Reservoir can get crowded on weekends and public holidays, so it’s advisable to arrive early to avoid crowds and secure a parking spot if you’re driving. Taking public transport is also a great option to avoid any parking hassle.
Why not hire a car while you’re in Singapore, this is a great option and gives you the freedom to go everywhere in your own time. Roads are easy to follow and great to drive on. Hire cars are modern. Tourists can drive using a valid foreign license and an International Driving Permit (IDP), issued in your home country. If you come from one of the Asian Nations you can drive in Singapore without an international permit.
Welcome to MacRitchie Reservoir
As I entered MacRitchie Reservoir, I was greeted by a serene and tranquil environment. The reservoir is surrounded by a dense forest, and the air was filled with the sounds of birds and rustling leaves. The waters of the reservoir was breathtaking, and I was eager to start my exploration.
There are hiking trails galore
MacRitchie Reservoir offers a lot of hiking trails, catering to all levels of fitness and experience. I decided to start with the TreeTop Walk, a popular trail that takes you through the canopy of the secondary forest. The elevated walkway provided stunning views of the reservoir and the surrounding greenery, and I felt like I was walking in the treetops. The walk was easy and well-marked, and I was able to spot various bird species and even a few monkeys along the way.
Awesome kayaking adventure
After the exhilarating TreeTop Walk, I was eager to get on the water and explore the reservoir from a different perspective. MacRitchie Reservoir offers kayaking facilities, and I rented a kayak to embark on a paddling adventure. The calm waters of the reservoir were perfect for kayaking. I glided along, taking in the picturesque surroundings.
The MacRitchie Nature Trail
Another must-do at MacRitchie Reservoir is the MacRitchie Nature Trail, a 3.8-kilometer loop walk that takes you through the heart of the nature reserve. The trail is well-maintained and shaded, making it a pleasant walk even on hot days. Along the way, I encountered a variety of flora and fauna, including giant trees and colorful butterflies. The highlight of the trail was reaching the iconic Jelutong Tower, an observation deck that offered panoramic views of the reservoir and the surrounding forest.
Wildlife encounters in MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir is home to a diverse range of wildlife, and I was fortunate to encounter some fascinating creatures during my visit. From the monkeys swinging from tree to tree to the colorful birds flitting about, the reservoir is a haven for nature lovers. I was also thrilled to spot a variety of reptiles, including monitor lizards, snakes, and turtles. It was a thrilling experience to observe these animals in their natural habitat and learn more about their behavior.
Picnic by the Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir is also a great spot for a leisurely picnic. The reservoir provides ample space for picnicking and relaxation, with numerous scenic spots to choose from. You can lay out a blanket on the grassy fields and soak in the serene ambiance, enjoying the calm waters and natural surroundings.
History of MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie reservoir, together with Lower Pierce, Upper Pierce, and Upper Seletar reservoirs surround nature reserves. They double up as water catchment areas, with the forests surrounding these reservoirs protected from the agricultural activity so as to preserve the quality of water.
The reservoir has always been a popular spot for people enjoying morning and evening strolls or runs, water sports such as kayaking as well as other nature and exercise enthusiasts.
Be sure to dress appropriately in comfortable hiking or walking shoes. In addition, you want to bring along sufficient water, especially in Singapore’s hot and humid climate on the safe side, have an umbrella raincoat with you.