The breathtaking environs of the MacRitchie Reservoir is a must visit for all nature and fitness enthusiasts visiting Singapore. Built in 1867, this historic reservoir is the oldest one in the island and was constructed to store freshwater. The construction of the reservoir also helped preserve parts of the natural forests of Singapore. Today, over one kilometer of lush forests dominates the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, especially along the area surrounding the MacRitchie Reservoir. The verdant greenery of this nature reserve against the scenic backdrop of the Reservoir has made this venue an extremely beautiful site to explore.
There are sturdy boardwalks that skirt the edge of the MacRitchie Reservoir and several walking trails that snake through the dense forests surrounding this picturesque body of water. Tropical rainforest, rubber trees and plantations from the 19th century provide visitors with a naturally lush environment to walk, jog and hike in. Water sports like kayaking and canoeing can also be enjoyed along the reservoir’s placid waters. The wildlife found here is another another attraction of the MacRitchie Reservoir. Endangered animals such as the Malayan Pangolin and the Lesser Mousedeer can be spotted in the forestry, whilst birds like cuckoos, babblers, sunbirds and flowerpeckers are common residents of the area.
Two key attractions at the MacRitchie Reservoir are the Jelutong Tower and the Tree Top Walk. The Jelutong Tower is a 20 meter tall observation point that allows visitors a bird’s eye view of the Singapore Island Country Club’s breathtaking golf course and the reservoir. The Tree Top Walk is an ideal exploration site for the adventurous. The Walk comprises of a 25 meter tall suspension bridge that is attached on either side to the two highest points of the MacRitchie Reservoir, offering hikers an unparalleled view of the forest and reservoir.
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