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Exploring The Singapore Night Safari

Exploring The Singapore Night Safari

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.

Pelican at Singapore Night Safari

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…

Tram Safari

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.

Tram Safari

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!

The Details

Singapore Night Safari
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826

Ticket Prices
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 SafariAs always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.


  1. Posted September 17, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Had no idea you could do that safari in Singapore! I’d LOVE to do this. Next layover I’ll stay in Singapore for a few days and check it out. Sounds like a very unique experience.
    Christina recently posted..Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Cliffwalk

    • Posted September 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      It’s definitely a unique experience, hope you enjoy it! You should definitely spend more than just a day or two in Singapore. 🙂

  2. Posted September 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Aww, I’m gutted I missed this while I was in Singapore! I was there only a short time, mind, and the nightly Marina Bay Sands light show is a must-see. Thanks for the write-up and the video; at least it feels like I’ve been there even if I haven’t!
    Simon recently posted..The 30 nicest travellers to follow on Twitter

    • Posted September 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      The light show is definitely a must-see – glad that we could make you feel like you’ve been here and if you ever go back to Singapore, add it to your list!

  3. Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Going on a night safari is on my bucket list – and the big elephant approaching must have been fun – though the inability to take photos will probably drive me nuts 🙂
    Ayelet – All Colores recently posted..Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado: “Wander Wherever Your Curiosity Takes You”

    • Posted September 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

      We read before we visited that people had trouble taking photos but we thought having a tripod would save us… unfortunately not! But it was still very fun.

  4. Posted January 19, 2014 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    This is next on my Singapore wishlist. I’ve been to Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and even the new River Safari, but I haven’t had the chance to visit Night Safari. The impossibility of taking pictures though….. sigh. How many hours do you think I’ll need to have a decent walk through majority/all of the trails?
    Andrew Darwitan recently posted..7 Wonders of Singapore

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