Lonely Planet review
Not quite as wonderfully wild as Bukit Timah, MacRitchie Reservoir does, nevertheless, allow you to really stretch your legs, with much longer walking trails skirting the water's edge and snaking through parts of the surrounding forest.
You'll almost certainly encounter monkeys (long-tailed macaques) in the forest and may be lucky enough to spot one of the huge monitor lizards that dart around the shallows of the reservoir with frightening speed.
You can rent kayaks at the Paddle Lodge , but most people come here for the excellent 10km walking trail – and its various off-shoots – that circumnavigates the reservoir. As at Bukit Timah, no maps are available (for environmental reasons), but all the trails are well signposted, and are illustrated in detail on wooden signboards dotted around the reserve.
The most popular place to aim for is 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, although no tourist office), 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.
Young kids will have fun paddling on the submerged boardwalk, off to the left of the service centre in the small, landscaped MacRitchie Reservoir Park.