Photo by Arwen Joyce
MacRitchie Reservoir Loop Walk
MacRitchie’s reservoir is one of four in central Singapore that serve as water catchment areas, with the surrounding forests protected as national parks to ensure the quality of the water reserves. Though unfortunately not accessible to the public, the ruins of a once-massive Shinto shrine built by the Japanese during their WWII occupation of Singapore are hidden in the overgrown, off-trail jungle near the northwestern corner of the reservoir. There is more to Singapore than meets the eye.
By Heidi Sarna
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It's a Jungle Out There: Green Trails and Treetop Walk in MacRitchie
MacRitchie is a huge park comprising lakes, jungle trails, and a reservoir where running groups and nature lovers come to raise their heart rates and see all manner of flora and fauna. The TreeTop Walk suspension bridge is a favorite. It connects the park’s two highest points, Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, and provides a bird’s-eye view of the forest canopy. If you're taking a walk on the trails, look out for the macaques. They can get aggressive if they think you have food.
By Arwen Joyce, AFAR Local Expert