Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore

Going on a tour with a volunteer guide is the best way to see and learn more about the special forest at MacRitchie Reservoir. It is Singapore's oldest reservoir. During the tour, we were informed that the forest around the reservoir was protected as a water catchments reserve, as well as the forests surrounding the other two reservoirs, Peirce and Seletar.

Through the forest, there are boardwalks skirting the edge and walking trails. Also, we can see signboards along the boardwalks for a self-guided tour along the fringes. Indeed the boardwalk allows for easy exploration of freshwater wildlife. Furthermore, there were also intriguing Ant plant and pitcher plants.

Surprisingly, I was attracted with the 250m aerial free standing suspension bridge spanning Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, which are the two highest points in MacRitchie. This bridge really offers a panoramic view of Upper Peirce Reservoir and the surrounding lush rainforest, by which we can also enjoy the sounds and sights of native birds in the morning.

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