Most of us must have been to the Zoo only in daytime. The Singapore Night Safari opens your world to a whole new experience.
Developed in 1994 by Singapore Zoological Gardens, Singapore Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals that only opens at night. It spans across 86 acres (35 hectares) of rainforest and is home to over 2,500 animals from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Americas that can be viewed inside their natural habitats. Visitor can spot tigers, lions, leopards, hog badgers, hyenas, and other exotic and often endangered species such as the Himalayan griffon vulture, greater one-horned rhinoceros, wildebeests, gazelles, giant anteater and the gaur (wild cattle) of Burma in their elements.
Isn’t it thrilling to see how these animals would behave in the night compared to seeing them in the day time? Keep in mind that these animals are very active in the night time and using lighting is customized so as not to make it bright to avoid visual disturbances. Located next to the Singapore zoo, the Safari is designed to mimic the environment of the Southeast Asian rainforest and the Himalayan foothills. What’s most interesting about the nocturnal zoo is that you can explore the seven (7) geographical zones via walking on foot or a Tram ride.
The Singapore Night Safari has been a great success as well as won numerous awards – including twelve (12) times winner of the ‘best attraction’ category from the Singapore Tourism Board and has been visited by over 30 million people till date. Visiting the Safari is one of the top highlights of the Singapore itinerary.
Here are some Important Tips and Tricks to make the most of the Safari.
- The Night Safari has four (4) “Walking Trails” and seven (7) “Geographical Zones”, which can be covered in a guided Tram ride (very popular with visitors). Guided tours begin at 7:15 pm. The Tram ride makes the experience more informative and comfortable.
- Most of these animals are not caged but placed within their habitats and are separated according to its species. Divisions are made out of grill-like metal sheets to avoid animals from moving around to another habitat.
- At the opening time, there are long queues for the Trams. We suggest that visitors cover the Walking Trails in the beginning and later, when the lines have reduced, they can take the guided Tram tour. Visitors can also take the Tram at the Midpoint Station. On holidays, the wait for the Tram can be as long as 90 minutes.
- Even though you may spot some of the animals sitting front and centre within their enclosures, others often shy away into the shadows, so you need to focus hard and look everywhere without any distractions.
- The clever use of lighting makes it possible for visitors to view the animals in their natural habitat.
- Don’t expect to get amazing photos of animals as Flash Photography is strictly prohibited. The park authorities have kept the lights to mimic moonlight as this park is dedicated to nocturnal animals. Its a good reason to keep aside all distractions such as cellphones and just enjoy the sight of animals.
- If you decide to opt for the Walking Trails instead of taking the Tramp, ensure that you make use of the Night Safari Map as the Safari covers over 86 acres of forest and you could run the risk of missing out on seeing something If you don’t follow it rigorously.
- Our clients often question us if the Night Safari and Singapore Zoo are the same thing and just operate at different times. Please remember, Singapore night safari and Singapore Zoo are completely DIFFERENT attractions. Yes, they’re located right next to each other (it takes just 5 minutes to walk between the two entrances), but they operate at different times, offer different animals and attractions and have separate entry fees.
- As the Night Safari is set within a rainforest, its humidity is doubled! As it is, Singapore has a hot and humid climate and there is no relief from the heat even after the sun goes down. Carry plenty of water and snacks with you to keep your energy and hydration levels up.
- If heat is not your cup of tea, then we’d recommend you opt for the Tram ride. The Tram is open on all sides so you get a good amount of breeze as it whirls around to each attraction.
- There are a few uneven paths as well as steps and slops. Also as the park is dimly lit, it’s easy to trip and fall. We’d suggest wearing comfortable pair of shoes and clothes that are lightweight and breathable. Also there can be sudden downpour of rains due to Singapore’s unpredictable weather, so it helps to pack a raincoat, jacket or umbrella just in case it rains.
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- The nearest MRT station is Khatib on the North-South line. You’ll likely need to get two trains if coming from Singapore City. There’s a shuttle operating between Khatib MRT Station and the Night Safari, which costs just S$1 each way. It runs every 20 minutes with the last shuttle back to Khatib at 10.40pm.
- Explore the Walking Trails to see even more animals that may not be visible on the tram journey. The Walking Trails are Fishing Cat Trail, Leopard Trail, East Lodge Trail and Wallaby Trail. Take a leisurely trek along the Leopard Trail where you can observe beautiful leopards or lions at their most active during a feeding session. Or, go down under into the Outback to discover native wildlife of Australia, including a family of wallabies in their walk-through habitat along the latest Wallaby Trail. As you walk around the seven (7) geographical zones, you will experience its naturalistic and native habitat within the location.
- The highlight of the Night Safari Tour, definitely not to be missed, is the Creatures of the Night Show. This is a mesmerizing 30-minutes showcase that brings you up close and personal with the animals – a perennial favourite among visitors. Not only will you see stunts performed by the animals, audience members are given the opportunity to be part of the engaging line-up of animal acts as well.
- The Night Safari is 100% safe to visit for both kids and adults. In fact to keep human beings safe from these wild animals, hot wires that look like twigs are also designed to ensure that they dont cross their boundaries.
So, are you curious to know what animals are up to at night while you are sleeping? Do you want to have a close encounter with these creatures of the night? If your answer is “yes” to any of the above then a trip to the Singapore Night Safari is a must for you!
Night Safari Zoo offers a completely unique experience which cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Begin your journey inside a specially designed Tram that takes you on an exhilarating journey through the rainforest to get up close and personal with nocturnal animals. All at night! We’d also suggest you go on the Walking Trails. If you just let the Tram carry you around the park, you will miss the thrill of walking in the dark around animals with your loved ones in a tropical rainforest.
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