I have always heard people crib about the fact that Singapore doesn’t have anything natural to offer when it comes to tourism. Ironically, as of 2005, Singapore has about 2000 hectares of park area which is equal to about 70 km. But then, Singapore isn’t generally promoted as a destination for eco-tourism simply because the authorities believe that they can offer much more to the tourist in other areas like shopping, man-made attractions and more.
At an area of about 12 hectares, the Macritchie reservoir is one of the oldest reservoirs in Singapore. With all it’s greenery and tranquillity, this is the perfect place to take in the sights and sounds of nature. People come along for exercises, picnics, hiking, walking or running along the 3.8 and 4.2 km nature trails. There’s also the opportunity to kayak or canoe in the reservoir. These trails are also part of cross country routes in various school running competitions.
While I did the 3.8 km trail, I must say, I was extremely tired by the end of it due to the excruciating humidity.
But the trail was worthed considering at the end of it we reached the HSBC Tree Top Walk. This is a 250 suspension bridge from Bukit Peirce to Bukit Kalang which are the two highest points in the reservoir.
On the other side of the suspension bridge, there’s another 3km trail through the forests. The view from the top of the bridge takes the cake. There’s green all around as far as eyes can see. Who says there’s no green cover in Singapore?
If a day spent in the middle of nature is your thing, then you should have Macritchie in your itinerary.
1) Ensure you carry enough water and even snacks in case you are travelling with young children as the humidity can get you tired quite quickly
2) The right footwear (sport shoes) are important as it’s a nature trail after all.
3) There are various bus services which stop directly in front of the Macritchie Reservoir. The nearest MRT station is Marymount on the Circle Line located about 2km away.
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