Boardwalk at MacRitchie Reservoir Reservoir, boardwalk and running trail converge Before the early 19th century, most of the main island of Singapore was covered with primary forest. Soon after the British established a settlement in Singapore in and commercial activity took root, there was a demand for fresh water. Between and , a substantial portion of the virgin forest was cleared to assist Singapore in becoming an important trading post. Prior to this, Chinese planters had also worked the forested land for timber and the cultivation of crops like gambier , pepper and rubber [rubber was not planted commercially in Singapore before the 20th century].
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The sheer amount of diversity in wildlife, flora and fauna in the heart of Singapore, makes this nature reserve a national treasure worth wandering to. Get inspired by these 7 things of wonder that you can do at the MacRitchie Reservoir. Tread lightly on the two boardwalks of Chemperai and Prunus trails skirting the edge of the reservoir and let the tranquility of the water ease your busy mind.
Walk alongside iridescent Ornate Coral Tail dragonflies, wading Clouded Monitor lizards and the fluttering Libellago damselflies. While you are at it, choose a pano-perfect spot with the reservoir set against the backdrop of dense tropical rainforest.
Pick a Picnic Spot Image Source: Wikipedia Having an issue with your kids and their mobile gadgetry at the dinner table? Pack a picnic bag of their favourite goodies, bring them to the MacRitchie Reservoir and pick a cool spot for an alfresco spread at the Reservoir Vista. An outdoor feast with your loved ones can be a wonderful break from the structured setup of the dining table at home. For an excellent post-picnic activity, a climbing frame nearby is great for kids to let off steam from their busy academic schedule.
Beware though, leaving your picnic basket unattended will attract fellow primates looking to join in the family meal. For tips on how to treat macaques respectfully, read the advice on the NParks website here.
Climb up the 7-deck Jelutong Tower for an amazing degree view of the MacRitchie Reservoir and the forest wilderness. If you are not thrilled anymore by the common mynahs, crows, sparrows and pigeons that you see so often in your neighbourhood, then why not look out for birds of a different feather here? These migrant birds of prey seem to love this Singaporean stopover and are treasured tourists who find the MacRitchie Reservoir a safe sanctuary.
This free-standing m long suspension bridge links the two highest points Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, and lets you live in the moment like a macaque or the other forms of wildlife living in the forest canopy. Your selfie-stick will be useful here, while safely strapped to your wrist of course, and also a pair of binoculars to spy on residents of the MacRitchie Reservoir.
Nothing beats staying still in the middle of the bridge, letting the wind brush your pretty face, taking all your world-weary thoughts away. Paddle your own canoe Image Source: Freeimages. Singapore Canoe Federation runs the Paddle Lodge where you can rent a kayak or canoe. Paddle your way and get closer to survey the landscape of the untouched areas of the reservoir.
Within the novice area, you can spot landmarks around the MacRitchie Reservoir such as the bandstand, Caldecott Hill, the former flower clock and the Lim Bo Seng memorial. If you are someone who value serenity, this is definitely a calming activity to experience.
Get to the the Singapore Canoe Federation website to find out more. Good things come to those who bait Image source: Castingaboutsg. Under her Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters ABC Waters Programme, reservoirs, which used to be out of bounds to the public, were progressively opened up for watersports such as kayaking, dragon boating and fishing. Fishing is permitted at selected reservoirs and the MacRitchie Reservoir is one of them.
Head down to the east of the reservoir to find the designated fishing spot which is located just in front of the Paddle Lodge. Force was formed by the British as an intel-gathering team that was responsible in conducting sabotage missions against the Japanese. Captured by the Japanese and after refusing to divulge crucial information despite being tortured severely, he eventually died in captivity in at the age of According to his wife, MacRitchie Reservoir is where they used to go on dates and she chose it as the site of his grave as it is his favourite place.
And as selfless as General Lim is, may the MacRitchie Reservoir and all her giving trees, serve endlessly as an inspiration to us for many more centuries to come. Leave a Comment You must be logged in to post a comment. More Stories.
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