Ideal Time: 2-3 hours
Open Time: Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Mondays
Open on Public Holidays
Cost: No entry fee
MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore's oldest reservoir and offers a peaceful gateway to exquisite forests and pristine water. Covering almost 12 hectares and having 11 kms of trails, the park is a jogger's paradise. Joggers and runners can run through the designated trails while soaking in the biodiversity of the park. With kayaks and canoes on rent, it is also an excellent place for recreational activities in the water. The Treetop Walk offers breathtaking views and an opportunity to walk 25-m above the ground, among the canopy of trees. While on your walk, you may encounter several animals like the long-tailed macaque monkeys, the monitor lizards, squirrels, flying lemurs, owls as well as other flora and fauna. At the MacRitchie Reservoir Park, you can engage in some watersports, or just have a quiet picnic on the grass. Time spent here is truly enriching.
A freestanding suspension bridge hanging about seven stories above the forest floor, the Treetop Walk is the main attraction at MacRitchie Reservoir Park. It spans a total of 250 metres from Bukit Peirce to Bukit Kalan, the two highest points in the park. Visitors can enjoy terrific views of the forest canopy and have a bird-eye view of the waters of the reservoir. The Treetop Walk is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and closed on Mondays. Admission is free.
A lesser-known attraction that also offers excellent views in the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is the Jelutong Tower. The same height as the Treetop Walk, the tower gives similarly stunning views. However, you have to climb quite a few stairs to get to the top. However, it is absolutely worth it if you're hoping to get some good pictures taken in solitude.
MacRitchie Reservoir has six different hiking trails that vary in length and difficulty.
Route 1 (Green) Distance: 3km, Approx. walking time: 1 hour, Trail grade: Easy
Route 2 (Purple) Distance: 4.8 k, Approx. Walking time: 2 hours, Trail grade: Easy
Route 3 (Blue) Distance: 10.3 km, Approx walking time: 4-5 hours, Trail grade: Moderate to difficult
Route 4 (Yellow) Distance: 11 km, Approx. walking time: 4 hours, Trail grade: Moderate
Route 5 (Pink) Distance: 9.5 km, Approx. walking time: 4-5 hours, Trail grade: Difficult
Route 6 (Orange) Distance: 7 km, Approx. walking time: 3-4 hours, Trail grade: Moderate to difficult.
Please note that once you're on the trails, there is no place to buy or refill water, the only refilling station being at the entrance of Treetop walk. Carry adequate amount of water, wear proper footwear and meticulously follow the maps, while here. In case of wanting to organise a hike with 30 or more people, an application needs to be submitted to the park's official website in advance (at least a month before the preferred day of hike). The maximum number of persons allowed into the nature reserves is 100, per day. So, if your quota has been met for that day, you may be required to change your day of preference.
Kayaks and Canoes are available for rent at the Paddle Lodge, which is a 5-minute walk from the MacRitchie Reservoir bus stop. Kayaking in the reservoir can give you a brand new perspective about the nature reserve through the shoreline while engaging yourself in recreational sports.
Kayaks are available daily from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Sit-on-top kayaks cost SGD 15 per hour, and closed-deck kayaks cost 20 SGD for two hours. The Paddle Lodge accepts only cash for its rentals. Locker fees are SGD 1 for small, and SGD 2 for large.
The rentals need to be paid with exact change. Please note that there are no washrooms in the Paddle Lodge, so if you need to use one, there's one near the parking lot.
Being the gateway to the nature reserve, MacRitchie is a haven for bird watching. 8 feathered friends of the MacRitchie Forest are the Red Jungle Fowl, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Asian Red-eyed Bulbul, Greater Coucal, Abbott's Babbler, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Van Hasselt's Sunbird, and Forest Wagtail. If you're lucky, you'll cross paths with long-tailed macaque monkeys and flying lemurs.
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The nearest MRT station is Caldecott MRT on the Circle Line. The nature reserve is a ten-minute walk from there. Additionally, one may take any bus to the MacRitchie Reservoir stoppage on Lornie Road.
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