…that left me with a half-dead toenail. But hey it’s not the park’s fault, it was entirely mine.
We planned for a 3-km relaxing walk that morning but ended up doing eleven. We normally would just chill by the entrance of the reservoir and soak in the tranquility of the place but that day we decided to walk to the right of the park and when we realised that we’d walked quite a bit, we were already at the far end of the nature reserve.
And so we decided to continue, do Route 6 (yellow trail), the entire loop. Let’s tramp!
MacRitchie, or Central Catchment Nature Reserve, is the country’s oldest reservoir. It is right in the center of Singapore and holds a rich diversity of plants and animals. Speaking of animals, we had an uncomfortably close encounter with a family of wild boars (!) which crossed right in front of our eyes (!!). The parent boars were huge and they let out low, intimidating growls when they realised that two of their several babies couldn’t cross because we were in their way. We’ve also come across a monitor lizard, a green crested lizard, a squirrel, spiders and marching ants. Oh thank God, no snakes.
Anyway, with its peaceful reservoir, shaded footpath and relatively easy trails, MacRitchie is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts. It could get crowded sometimes, but I dare say, there’s a space for everyone.
About the toenail, it turned out my shoes were a bit too small and my socks too thin. It will take a few months to get rid of the purple evidence on my toe but I think it was worth it. xoxo
Useful websites about this walking trail:
Check out the map here
Website of Nparks for directions, park hours, and other information
VisitSingapore website for more info
Wild boars in Singapore