MacRitchie Reservoir Prunus Trail is part of more than 500ha of primary and secondary forests located in the Catchment Nature Reserve, which is also Singapore’s oldest reservoir (established 1894).
How To Get There
The MacRitchie Prunus Trail starts near the entrance of MacRitchie Nature Trail from the eastern end of the reservoir. Its part of the Prunus-Petai Trail at 3km which should takes an average of 1 hour to complete. To get to the trail from the amenities centre, head towards your right and get on the footpath at the edge of the reservoir. Follow this footpath until you reach the boardwalk.
This trail ends at the junction of Petai Trail and MacRitchie Nature Trail. You can continue on the boardwalk via Petai Trail, or trek back to MacRitchie Reservoir Park via MacRitchie Nature Trail. If you choose to walk on to Petai Trail, you will be able to see more wildlife. The end of Petai Trail links to MacRitchie Nature Trail. You can walk along MacRitchie Nature Trail back to MacRitchie Reservoir Park. (Excerpt from Nparks)
What You Can Expect…
To truly enjoy the trail, go on an early sunny morning, slow down your pace and keep a lookout for native creatures along the trail. You may spot various resident wildlife like Skink Lizard, Asian Monitor Lizard, Oriental Whip Snake and squirrels. Looking into the forest, I once spotted the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and even a Banded Woodpecker. Near the water’s edge on my last visit, I actually spotted a pair of huge soft-shelled turtles swimming by the boardwalk while a family of macaques frolic for food among the trees just a few feet from me. How cool is that ?
The MacRitchie Reservoir Prunus Trail promises to be one of the nicest walking trails anywhere in Singapore. Do take a break from being constantly connected on the internet and enjoy this lovely nature trail that is rare in Singapore. More details are available here. For my other reviews, please feel free to click here.