Zoological Gardens & Night Safari, Singapore
Singapore's Night Safari is the first wildlife park in the world that is built and dedicated for visits at night.
Situated within 40 hectares of lush secondary forest, Night Safari prides itself on re-creating the natural environment for the nocturnal animals it shows, and offering its visitors the unique experience of exploring wildlife in a tropical jungle at night.
Through the use of subtle lighting technique, visitors are able to view over 1,000 nocturnal animals of 100 species in vast naturalistic habitats.
With the Night Safari being so special, it is a top attraction for visitors from all over the world. And because of this, I often get asked on how do one get to Night Safari. With this in mind, I have prepared a travelogue decided to this and you will be able to find it under my Singapore page, or by clicking on the link provided below.
I hope the guide is useful and I wish you a pleasant trip to Night Safari! :-)
This would be the best zoo we have ever been to, and I would think any other zoo would find it hard to be as good.
The animals ARE NOT IN CAGES, they are behind moats, which makes for excellent viewing for us humans, and for the animals its much better for them too.
There is a good variety of animals and you feel that you are amongst them!
There are also 3 differents shows that you can watch and if you want, you can take a tram ride for $5, a Horse & Carriage ride $8 and an Elephant ride for $8.
You can also have you photo taken with Birds and Animals, A pony, Mawcaws, Orangutans and Elephant (only if you are having an Elephant ride)
Open every day from 8.30 - 6 pm
Admission in 2011....Adult S$20.00......Child (3 to 12 years old) S$13.00
We bought a 3 in 1 pass which is the cheapest and best way to go if you want to see the 3 parks.....All are excellent.
3-in-1 Jurong Bird Park
Singapore Zoo........... S$58.00 / S$38.00
2-in-1 Jurong Bird Park
Singapore Zoo...............S$32.00 / S$21.00
2-in-1 Night Safari*
Singapore Zoo........... S$42.00 / S$28.00
All these ticket's can be bought online or at the Parks. They are valid for 30days from date of purchase, and at the night safari, the tram ride is included in the price. You can visit when-ever you wish with-in the 30days.
The website gives a lot of detailed information on everything you could possibly want to know.
THIS IS A MUST VISIT IN SINGAPORE..............
The Zoo is EXCELLENT
Discover the enchantment of the world's 1st Night Safari. Take a tram ride and walk the trails. Catch the Creatures of the Night Show.
Over 90% of animals are noctural. Be prepared to walk the trails under the moonlight. No flash photography are allowed as it may blind the animals.
You may visit the Zoo during day time and takes lots of pictures. At night, just enjoy the jungle environment and the animal show at 8pm or 9pm.
The Entrance Plaza, restaurant and fast food outlet opens at 6.30pm. Admission for Adult S$20.00 and child S$10.00. Tram tickets at S$8.00 (Adult) and S$4.00 (Child).
You may purchase the Zoo & Night Safari Package at Adult S$30.00 Child S$15.00. Add in Jurong Bird Park for a combo price of S$40.00 (Adult) and S$20.00 (Child).
There is a special shuttle service from Night Safari back to Marina Square via Orchard Road that operates at 9.30pm.
An inexpensive transport to get you to the Night Safari is via the bus at $4 per trip.
It will bring you back to the city for $4 per person.
Singapore Zoo is one of the best open concept to be found anywhere and the world's first night safari is right next door.
It does make for a long day to do both of these attractions but it's well worth the effort.
Tip: It's more economical to buy yourself a 3 park pass which will get you to the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
I have added additional photos on a separate Singapore Travelogue.
Situated next to Singapore Zoo about half an hour from the city, Night Safari is the worlds only nocturnal wildlife park. Covering an area of about 40 hectares, over 130 nocturnal species can be seen going about their nightly business as you sit aboard speacial open trams.
There are several walking trails that you can take to explore the park - the Fishing Cats trail, the Forest giants trail or the Leopard trail. a 'Creatures of the Night' show is performed at different times of the evening, and you can have your photo taken with an exotic creature - maybe a snake or a serval cat - for a donation to a wildlife charity.
Speaking of photographs, take a tripod if you want to take pictures - flash photography is strictly forbidden so as not to disturb the animals, and you don't want to upset a white rhino now, do you?!
It's a really unusual way to watch animals, seeing them in a natural setting at night - a great experience.
There are several food outlets, ranging from a burger bar (BongoBurgers!) to a more formal restaurant, and if you fancy taking a fluffy Malayan Tiger home as a souvenier (a toy one, not the real thing) there is also a gift shop.
Beware of the crowds however - Night Safari is one of Singapores most popular attractions, for tourists and locals alike, so it can be very busy, especially at weekends or at holiday periods.
The Singapore Zoo was another of the absolute highlights of my trip. The Zoo is seen as the second best in the whole world, after the zoo in San Diego and it for sure held up to my expectations.
My lovely girlfriend had booked us in on a breakfast among the animals, so at about 8.30 we were sitting next to a very nice orangutan and her baby having breakfast together.
Don't know who messed up most with the food, me or the orangutan...?
After that we spent almost six hours just wandering around in the zoo, seeing everything from tigers, lions, kangaroos and elephants to small and very cute monkeys.
One of my favourites were the polar bear, as I never had seen one in my entire life before. It sure is huge, and I sure don't want to meet one out in the free...
A visit here is a must if you have any feelings for animals. At this zoo they move around very freely, and they don't sit in cages as in other animal parks.
If you, like me, like to take photos of them, this is the moment to do so. Just don't use the flash as it will scare the animals.
The zoo has 2530 different animals, 315 different species, so there should be something to look for for everyone.
The zoo is open from 8.30am to 6pm. Entrance fee is S$16,50 (8,50 euro) for adults. Half price for kids (3-12 years).
There are restaurants both inside and outside the zoo, so take your time and enjoy it for the whole day!
You can take the tram around the whole place, but I'm still laughing at the smart asses who do that... The tram goes around so fast that you'll have no idea what you're actually looking at! Much better to walk around yourself and see the animals in the tempo you want. You will probably be quite tired in your legs afterwards, but it sure is worth it!
Tlhis Park is located just across the road from the zoo.
We had done a lot of walking at the zoo for most of the day, then went to the Night Safari. Even though we took the Tram Ride and hopped on and off, we were so tired, that we didn't do much at all!
My advice is, if you have done a lot in the day, and are tired, come back on a different night so that you can really enjoy the Safari
If I had to choose, we thought the zoo was a lot better than the night safari.
Food at the Night Safari is very expensive, so if you have family with you, it will cost a lot to feed them.
It is very well set out, and the shops and eating area is open from 6pm to midnight, the park itself from 7.30pm
Last admission is at 11.00pm
Admission + Tram in 2011.....
Child (3 to 12 years old) S$21.00
Your Tram ticket is only good for 1 trip.
The Night Safari is a definate 'must see' on your visit to Singapore. I am not an animal person,....to me all zoos are the same. ...But not this one. I was pleasently surprised by the Night Safari. We really enjoyed sitting in the little train and the comentary along the way. There are no barriers and you get to see the animals in the wild real close up. We heard the lions roar, the hienas were very active, the giraffs were lovely to see (so close) and I loved the otters...a right noisey family bunch :o)
Taking the small train ride aroung the safari was an excellent introduction to the animals, and was very helpful for Susan who finds walking very tiring. After the warnings not to use flash cameras, the usual suspects were put to shame and the tour continued in the warm, noisy (cicadas and frogs with odd bird calls) dark. The animals were illuminated by lamps mimicking moonlight which was more than adequate. The commentary was useful (only in English, I think) but a bit corny in parts.
Arrive early if you want tickets for the Creatures of the Night show.
It is also possible to walk along different trails to see more animals and to take low light pho tos
The food in the stalls in the park did not look particularly appealing., and bottled water was expensive.
It’s a zoo with a difference. Animals are kept in their natural habitat and the plus point is that you can see them at night. It’s a different experience altogether. At night safari, they have created jungles as per different habitats/eco systems. For example, for animals from India they have created Jungle similar to those in India. Similarly for African, South American animals and so on......
You travel in jungle via train of carriage vehicles attach to each other. This train moves slowly at a speed of 10- 20km, hence you get enough time to see animals. Secondly, these vehicles are battery operated hence do not pollute the enviornment. A good eco friendly approach......
Guide is allocated to every group who gives information about animals and their habitat. Some animals come so close to the vehicle that you can actually touch them
(Warning – Please do not touch the animals or else you will *** their moods. They are not tamed and can retaliate back. Please let them live peacefully)
Watching tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, deers, etc, at night is something different that you don’t get to see in most of the zoos across the world.
There are different types of walking trails that you can follow. We followed the leopard trail and saw leopards and many other nocturnal animals. Whenever you take-up any trail, in actual sense, you are in the cage and animals are outside. You walk through a tunnel of cages. This way they have tried to keep animals in their natural environment.
At the main reception area there are lots of restaurants which offer a variety of cuisines viz Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Continental, etc. Hence at the end of the tour you can sip a chilled beer and have dinner before you head back to your hotel .There are also souvenir shops offering handicraft items mostly made up of wood. Some of them are really good……..
You can also get your pedicure done by Dr. fishes (Pedicure where they use fishes to clean up your feet. You have to submerge your feet in the tank and tiny black fishes do rest of the job). Its ticking when they get on to work……
Other than this there is a 20 mins show called “Creatures of Night” where many nocturnal animals put up their acts along with their trainers. It is followed by tribal dance. This show is held in the main area where most of the restaurants are located. They have 3-4 shows daily. Once at the reception, enquire about the show timings and plan your trails accordingly.
We only went to one show at the Zoo, which was "Rainforest Fights Back" It was very good, entertaining and there was some audience participation, I think everybody enjoyed this show just going on the laughter!
OTHER SHOWS are... Elephants At Work & Play - 11.30am & 3.30pm
Splash Safari - 10.30am & 5.00pm
African penguins, sea lions, manatees and pelicans are in the show.
Rainforest Fights Back - 12.30pm & 2.30pm at Shaw foundatiion amphitheatre......
The Rainforest show has 15 species in it, comprising of both mammals and birds.
There is a 20-minute presentation called ‘Rainforest Fights Back’ told through the eyes of Kai, a native tribesman, and Vamoosh, the greedy villain, where you learn about the relationship Kai shares with the rainforest and its inhabitants, and about her jungle home.
I loved the Orangutan part of the show, but the Snake part was good too! you will have to go and see it to find out what happens!
All are included in the admission price.
The Singapore Zoo has one of the finest and beautiful collection of animals in the world.
You can have breakfast with the Orang Utans (Ah Meng is the popular star). The polar bears are amazing too and you can see them swiming in the deep underwater tank. The hippos are so cute u can see the mother hippo rubbing cheek to cheek with the baby hippo.
Dont miss the feeding time and animal shows. I love to see the giant elephants doing their performance. Beware and dont get splashed.
If u are going to the Zoo and Night Safari, take the MRT up north to Ang Mo Kio to transfer to bus 138 which takes u directly to the zoo. Hop to the Night Safari for dinner just next door)
The night safari is one of the best things you can do in Singapore. One activity that is definitely worthwhile is the `Creatures of the Night Show`. It`s part entertainment, part information with a shocking twist at the end (if you want to be surprised instead, don`t read the rest of this tip;-)
In the show you can witness the jumping ability of pumas and the power and vision of owls among others in a series of neat interactive demonstrations. Towards the end of the presentation, a 20 foot python is drawn from the unsuspecting audience (in a long trunk under the seats). This results in very loud screaming, panic or laughter, depending on how you feel about snakes (for those that want to know, it`s about ten rows back, just to the left of the center if you`re facing the ampitheatre).
If you stay after the show, the friendly staff will let you hold some of the animals in the show (The best time to go is after the last show in my opinion, it is far less rushed....) .
It runs at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm daily an lasts just under an hour.
This feeding trail we found out about too late, and only came into it halfway through! That was a real shame as it was very informative, and because the Animals were looking forward to food, they were active and out in the open, so could be seen easily seen.
The feeding trails vary, with the 1st one starting at 9am, where you get to see the Elephant,
Polar Bear, Treetops Trail & Otter, Primate Kingdom feedings.
Another one starts at 10.45am, and this includes the Giraffe, Jaguar and Orangutan .
The afternoon feedings are different again, and some of the Animals are the White Tiger, Hippo, Giraffe, Monkeys and Chimps, Kangaroo's, Tortoise, and more...............
The Komodo Dragon is only fed on a Sunday.
Check when you pick up your map for feeding times as they may be changed.
THE ZOO IS OPEN FROM ....8.30am to 6.00pm daily
ADMISSION IN 2011...Adult S$20.00
Child (3 to 12 years old) S$13.00
If I went back again, I would definitely follow "THE FEEDING TRAIL"
As dark falls, the night has just started for over 1000 nocturnal animals. Observe, as they rise to frolic, graze and hunt their night away. Embark on a fascinating journey through the world's first wildlife night park.
Take Bus 171, alight at the 1st Bus stop along Mandai Road and switch to Bus 927, Estimated travel time 75 Mins
Alight Ang Mo Kio MRT Station and board Bus 138 OR Alight Choa Chu Kang MRT Station abd take Bus 927. Estimated time 60 Mins.
Direct Coach service Available from Orchard Road and Little India. (Contact: 65-67530506)
I suggest you buy the Park Hopper Card. It includes entrance into Zoo, Night safari and Bird Park. You can save S$13.
Parkhopper costs, Adult:S$45, Child : S$28
Night Safari Shows:
Bornean Tribal Performance:
Daily 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM
Creatures of The Night Show
Daily 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and only on Friday and Saturday 10:30pm