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.
The newly built HSBC Tree-top walk is also within the reservoir park. From the high vantage point on the tree-top walk, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the untouched forest canopy. Adventurers can look to embark on the various hiking trails that take you through the forest around the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
These range from easy 1.5-hour walks to more gruelling 5 ones. Choose 6 different routes that 3 km 11.5km. Check out the trail routes at the national parks website.
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. Every 2nd Saturday of the month at 9am there is a free guided walk conducted MacRithie reservoir. Reserve a spot, Call 6554 8127 ( Singapore’s country code +65)
How to get to MacRitchie Reservoir
Take a train and alight at Marymount MRT station. MacRitchie Reservoir is 2km from the station.
Alternatively, take bus service numbers 52, 74, 93, 130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 165, 166, 167, 852, 855 or 980. Alight along Lornie Road at the bus-stop in front of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
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.