We’ve explored the fantastic Singapore Zoo before and had a terrific time at the Jurong Bird Park but the one park that has eluded us is the acclaimed Singapore Night Safari – the world’s first nocturnal zoo and home to over 1000 animals of 100 species.
We made sure that we weren’t going to miss it this time around and added it to our itinerary on our recent visit to Singapore, arriving at the Night Safari just before it opened at 7:30PM.
Night Safari Walking Trails
As the majority of the crowds head straight for the Tram Safari, we opt to do a bit of exploring on our own by checking out the Night Safari’s walking trails. Our senses instantly sharpen as we walk through the park, soaking in the sights and sounds of the wild and getting up-close with some interesting creatures.
We quickly discover that even with a tripod and long exposures, taking photos of the animals at the Night Safari is impossible. The slightest movement (and you know the animals are going to move!) and your photo is ruined… here’s the best one we could take of one of the pelicans.
So if you’re thinking about coming here for the photos, think again!
Creatures of the Night Show
The Creatures of the Night Show takes place every night at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm (also at 10:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and on the eve of a Public Holiday). Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand though – the lines are ridiculous and seats for the show are first-come, first-served.
We managed to find a seat at the very back of the amphitheatre to watch a very enjoyable show. Check out the video below…
It was back into another long queue to go on the Tram Safari Experience, a 40-minute tour through the park with an extremely knowledgeable guide.
The adventure took us through 7 geographical zones of the world – the Himalayan Foothills, Indian Subcontinent, Equatorial Africa, Indo-Malayan Region, Asian Riverine Forest, Nepalese River Valley and the Burmese Hillside with the highlight being the curious massive elephant that started approaching the tram to see what was going on.
There was also a fire-breathing show at the Night Safari which we would’ve loved to have seen but unfortunately the timing didn’t work out for us.
The Night Safari was a wonderful night out but if you had to choose between this and one of the other parks, we’d go with the Bird Park first followed by the Zoo. But if you’ve got time on your side, the Park Hopper passes are great value and let you see all three of them!
Singapore Night Safari
80 Mandai Lake Road
Adults $32.00, Children $21.00 (3-12 years old).
We would strongly recommend paying a little more for a Park Hopper special which gets you entry into the Singapore Zoo and/or Jurong Bird Park.
How To Get To The Singapore Night Safari
The nearest MRT stations to the Night Safari are on the North-South line. You can take a train and then get on a connecting public bus that will take you right to the Night Safari. Bus Number 138 from Ang Mo Kio and Bus Number 927 from Choa Chu Kang will get you there.
Alternatively the Singapore Attractions Express Service picks passengers up from convenient locations and takes you directly to the Night Safari. A single trip costs $4.50.
Disclaimer: We received complimentary entry into the Singapore Night Safari. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.