MacRitchie Reservoir

sights / Parks & gardens

MacRitchie Reservoir information

Singapore (city) , Singapore (country)
Street Lornie Rd
+65 1800 471 7300
Getting there
metro Toa Payoh, then bus 157
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Opening hours
7am-7pm, Treetop Walk 9am-5pm Tue-Fri, 8.30am-5pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Though not quite as wild as Bukit Timah, MacRitchie Reservoir remains an evocative escape. Walking trails skirt the water's edge and snake through a jungle spotted with long-tailed macaques and huge monitor lizards. You can rent kayaks at the Paddle Lodge , but the highlight is the excellent 11km walking trail – and its various well-signposted off-shoots. Aim for the Treetop Walk , the highlight of which is traversing a 250m-long suspension bridge, perched 25m up in the forest canopy.

Trails then continue through the forest and around the reservoir, sometimes on dirt tracks, sometimes on wooden boardwalks.

It takes three to four hours to complete the main circuit. From the service centre (which has changing facilities and a small cafe), near where bus 157 drops you off, start walking off to your right (anti-clockwise around the lake) and you'll soon reach the Paddle Lodge. Treetop Walk is about 3 or 4km beyond this.