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“Last bit of rain forest”

MacRitchie Nature Trail
Ranked #16 of 864 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A short trip from the city center lies the serenity of MacRitchie Reservoir, part of Singapore’s water catchment system that captures rain water to help supply the island’s growing population. Trails surround the park, which has an upgraded visitor’s center featuring a café, restrooms and information station. The best views are from the TreeTop Walk, a 250-meter suspension bridge across the rainforest canopy, which can be accessed along the seven-kilometer Venus Loop. Wear hiking shoes and bring water.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

As one of the last bits of primary rain forest this is a haven in singapore. various trails from 3-11km. There is also a tree top walk. If you like a trail run the 11k circular route is to be reccomended. Lots of wildlife to see but take your own water.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The natural rainforest reserve in Singapore, located in the central northern part of the island. Several walking trails for easy morning walks along boardwalks, which would take about an hour or so. Can also choose to walk along jungle paths. Full trail is about 12km, walking would take about 2 and a half hours depending on individual pace. Not easy to lose one's way with many well-placed signboards. Good way to spend time in the nature, either alone or with friends or family.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you feel like escaping the consumer paradise that is Singapore then this is the place to do it. There are parts of the nature trail where you could be forgiven for thinking you'd been dropped in the middle of the Amazon (hmmm, well this may be overstating it, and I've never been to the Amazon, but I'm sure you get my drift). It's an excellent place to go for a run if you don't mind leaping over the occasional tree root (or monkey), or just to go for a wander!

2  Thank gmeisternz
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Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

We caught the bus here. good well marked walking tracks. Walk is mainly flat. Saw monkeys on the suspension bridge, went to the lookout tower, did 11km of walking. you can hire canoes. Saw monkeys at the kiosk.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

The first time me going along the MacRitchie Nature Trail was purely accidental. I had been looking for some place to spend a Sunday afternoon and after searching the web, decided i wanted to visit this reservoir. Little did i realize i will get on to the trail. I kept walking in search of the Tree Top Walk. It mentioned about 4 Km, i watched the turtles, the fishes, the kayaks, the kids playing, the monkeys, the trail, the ups and downs and realized i was all alone most of the trail. After walking all the way up to tree top did i realize that i was walking a circular path and cannot exit easily. Lucky me, i was fit enough to complete the entire path, considering that never had i walked continuously like that for 3 hours before maybe in the last 10 years. I did not take water or any refreshment. The rangers station had water and i felt lucky. The walk was very motivating & the views kept changing. You walk along boardwalk, ups and downs a forest path, along a tar road, along a barb wired fence, up a steep road, tree top steel bridge, up & down steps (the toughest part for me), plain stretch in thickly wooded area, then a boardwalk along a golf course, sandy path along the lake, tar road along the lake, narrow muddy path (take care if rained recently, the path gets slushy at times), back to a good boardwalk. I got to see a really huge monitor lizard, monkeys, fishes, turtles at numerous places along the walk. Since it was a Sunday afternoon, there were very few people. I started walking regularly out there during weekends & found this place is just right for getting myself to a bit better shape. The walking time taken reduced drastically & gives me a good feel. it is crowded during morning times of weekends but quite very less crowded in the afternoon. Evenings will have the regular joggers & walkers.

For first timers who haven't walked in quite sometime, stick to the trails which are easy or take sufficient water\ energy drink and walk only if it hasnt rained atleast for a day or two. There are numerous trails out there and you can choose based on difficulty, review the route maps near the cafe & restrooms.

For causal visitors, walk over the reservoir gates, walk up to the start of the trail, see the monkeys, fishes and turtles and better turn back :) You may want to view the zig zag bridge & submerged pathway on the other end of the reservoir gates. Take lot of snaps and dont take the trail...

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