In the southeastern corner of the central reserve, MacRitchie Reservoir is one of the oldest of Singapore’s reservoirs – it was created in the 1860s – and the closest to downtown, Marina Bay excepted. The manicured gardens surrounding the entrance on Lornie Road don’t set the right note for a nature park, but it’s easy enough to get away from them on flattish trails that skirt the glassy waters and then take you into the jungle (allow half a day for the longest loop). Much more relaxed are the water’s-edge boardwalks a short walk to the west and east of the car park. A map of the trails can be downloaded from w nparks.gov.sg, which also lists details of monthly guided walks.

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