MacRitchie Nature Reserve – A walk in the Rainforest

MacRitchie

So our long planned weekend to Bali was cancelled thanks to another volcanic eruption in Indonesia, and we had to find other ways to entertain ourselves for the weekend.

Luckily I bought a Lonely Planet recently and made a list of places in Singapore we still haven’t visited.

Lonley Planet and coffee
Listing things to do in Singapore over a Latte at Paddy Hills Cafe

It felt like nothing could make up for missing out on Bali and Ubud (we were really disappointed), so I told Manuele to leave all planning to me.

And that’s how we ended up Canoeing and hiking in MacRitchie Nature Reservoir.

We shared a Canoe for $15/ hour at the Paddle Lodge (thank you Lonely Planet!), and were luckily the first to arrive to the lake and had plenty of space to figure out what we were doing. (we had no idea!)

We also competed who’s camera handles outdoor life better (Manuele’s new GoPro 4 or my faithful Nikon Coolpix AW120)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (2 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (1 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (3 of 20)
The city in the background

Sharing a Canoe was fun. We had to work as a team and kept crashing our paddles into each other and I especially showered Manuele in water (he sat behind me). We will be back for more!

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (4 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (5 of 20)
Mama monkey carrying baby monkey

We started the hike through the rainforest way to late (4 or 5 pm) not realisng how big it actually is. The walk takes you through multiple trails, linking to each other. It’s indescribably beautiful and in some strange way I was strongly reminded of the forests in Sweden (so weird!). I felt like I was 10 again, jumping from rock to rock and root to root.

We started with the Pronus trail, following the lake for the first few km, and then moved on to the Nature trail, Terentang trail and Sime track. We should have known we were in deep when we’d only done a very small part of the trail in 20 minutes, but I kept re-assuring myself that we’d just been slow and Pronus trail was a “detour”. So we carried on.

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (6 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (16 of 20)MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (7 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (12 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (11 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (16 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (9 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (10 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (8 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (13 of 20)

At some point the forest started growing dark. We looked at the clock and it was 6 pm! We were about halfway through the walk and there were at least another 5 km to go! Time to speed up!

We had to miss a few cool trails in order to get out before the dark. The TreeTop walk closes at 5, and now I understand why!

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (20 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (19 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (18 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (17 of 20)
Catching views while racing against the dark

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (15 of 20)

MacRitchie Nature Reserve Singapore (14 of 20)

It was nearly 7 pm (and all the street light were on) when we came out on the street and were able to get a bus home.

It was a good day. We’ll be back for more!

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