Mac Ritchie Reservoir, SingaporeMac Ritchie Reservoir, Singapore

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    Mac Ritchie reservoir is famous in Singapore. But the spots you present are quite singular!
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      Very good description Bob!
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      Yes, and you added a plan!
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      No pic ;-(
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One of the last primary forests in Singapore … Ideal for a nature day trip in Singapore, walking along the lake, enjoying the “Tree Top” suspension bridge, hunting for a lost Japanese shrine or having a romantic picnic at night!

My experience, Explo description: 

Mac Ritchie Reservoir is Singapore’s main water reservoir. More than 1 km2 of primary forest still flourishes there. You can also observe remnants of 20th century rubber trees plantations.

5 trails from a distance range from 3 to 11 km with interpretative signboards will guide you in the forest. Do no hesitate to walk on the trail along the east side of the lake.

The Tree Top Walk is a suspension bridge, located at the 2 highest points in Mac Ritchie. It is 25 meters high at its highest point. It offers you a panoramic overview of the park. Go there during the morning, so you can have a chance to observe birds.

Go also for hunting a lost Japanese Shinto shrine located in the park dense jungle. No trail is getting there (look at the plan)… Indeed, during the WW2 Japanese occupation of Singapore, the Japanese used British prisoners to built a shrine called Syonan Jinja. When the British forces re-occupied Singapore , the Shrine was destroyed. However, ruins of the shrine remain. The National Heritage Board declared the site a Historic Site in 2002, although no plans have been made public to develop or to protect the site.

At least, have a look at the Jelutong Tower, an observation post reaching 20m in height.

My personal recommendations: 

If you look for an original place to go at night, have a night picnic in the park. Stay on the trail on the east side of the lake, and enjoy the peaceful night ambiance of the lake and the forest. As usually no one is getting there at night, this is great experience to feel alone in a forest, only a few meter away from civilization !

How getting there: 
Singapore,Mac Ritchie map

By Bus
Take services 52, 74, 93, 130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 165, 166, 167, 852, 855 and 980. Alight along Lornie Road at the bus-stop in front of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

By Car
Entrance to the MacRitchie Reservoir Park car park is along Lornie Road.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long

Visit duration: 

1 day

Entry fees: 

Admission : free