Photo courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board
The MacRitchie Reservoir is one of four reservoirs in the heart of Singapore at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, where the surrounding forests are protected as national parks to ensure the quality of the water. Though unfortunately not accessible to the public, the ruins of a once-massive Shinto shrine built by the Japanese during their World War II 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, AFAR Local Expert
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
Tree Top Walk, Singapore
This nature walk was by far the most exhausting and fantastic thing I have ever done. Gear up with enough water beforehand because this 8-12 kilometer hike just to get to the tree top walk is brutal. With many trails to to choose from, all swooning with wildlife from monkeys to pretty large monitor lizards this hike is a must see in Singapore. Monkeys casually were walking right up next to us and swinging from trees. Don't be fooled, their precious faces can turn aggressive in seconds. Be careful not to irritate them. The tree top walk is not considerably long for the distance you have to hike to see it but the whole hike In general is worth the incredible amount of soreness in your legs you will have the next day....only if you don't stay well hydrated! We were on a limited budget so we skipped the Singapore zoo and all the excursions you had to pay loads of money for. This was a much better decision instead. You really get a touch of real wildlife in their habitat without paying a dime!
By Devynn Pupa