This week, we cover our hike through the heart of Singapore (literally), at two scenic reservoirs, namely the Upper Peirce and Lower Peirce Reservoir. These neighbouring reservoirs serve as water catchment areas, and form part of the network of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Further, the flora and fauna surrounding the reservoirs provide a natural setting for visitors and hikers alike! We had the benefit and guidance of Sandra’s close friend, Sarah, to lead us in this naturalistic adventure around some of Singapore’s oldest reservoirs!
Upper Peirce Reservoir
The Upper Peirce Reservoir is accessible by car (or walking, if you’re keen to trek a far bit). The reservoir is a water catchment area, and situated near a dam where water flow to the Lower Peirce Reservoir is controlled. When we arrived, it was midday, so the sun was toasting our skins as we walked around the park. We got near to the bank of the reservoir too and enjoyed the serene environment, with almost no human around (other than us).
Lower Peirce Reservoir
The Lower Peirce Reservoir is Singapore’s second oldest reservoir, harking way back to 1910! The forest that lines the bank is termed as a ‘mature secondary forest’, referring to a forest that has been regrown following a major disturbance. We drove from Upper Peirce to Lower Peirce Reservoir, and chose to take a long walk to our lunch spot!
There are fishing spots lined along the bank, and it was heartening to see youths roaming around, engaging in outdoor activities (as opposed to being cooped in front of the computer at home)!
We walked along the man-made wooden boardwalk that stretched along the reservoir and through the forest (you can see the map here). We spotted all sorts of animals, from reptiles such as the famed monitor lizard, to other animals such as monkeys, chickens and squirrels!
The Upper Peirce Reservoir Park (which is located alongside the reservoir) is opened from 7am to 7pm daily, but the Lower Peirce Reservoir is opened around the clock! People do flock to the pier at the Lower Peirce Reservoir during sunset to capture Instagram-worthy photos, such as:
We will definitely go back to enjoy nature and what the world has to offer. We can’t wait!