Night Safari has won many awards from the Singapore Tourism Board and is respected all over the world for being the first wildlife park dedicated fully to the nocturnal animals. This leisure attraction attracts more than 1 million visitors per year.
The 40-hectare park has more than 1000 animals which covers 15 species. It is heartening to note that around 30% of the species are threatened but they are safe in this protected environment. The park has also successfully managed to breed some of the endangered species namely Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, fishing cats and red dholes.
Opening Hours & Rates
The park opens at 7:30 in the evening and closes at midnight on a daily basis. However, the last admission is at 11:00 pm only. If you are early to the park, then you should not be disappointed as the restaurants and the retail shops open at 6:00 in the evening. The admission tickets are priced at S$32.00 for adults and it includes a ride on the tram. You can opt for the Park Hopper Special at S$58.00 which includes admission to Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.
The Singapore Attractions Express Bus leaves from Orchard Hotel at 6:00 pm and picks up visitors from various points in the city like DFS Galleria, Sheraton Towers, and Grand Hyatt Hotel etc and reaches the gates of Night Safari at 7 pm. There are buses from Chinatown and Suntec too at various times. You can also take the MRT to reach Night Safari. Reach the Ang Mo Kio MRT and from there take the bus # 138. The bus will take around 40min to reach Night Safari.
Creatures of the Night Show
This is a 20min show that will introduce the visitors to the world of nocturnal animals. This is a great learning experience as you witness the owls and the civets. The seating is on a first come first served basis, so you need to be really early for the show. The show starts at 7:30 pm , 8:30pm and 9:30pm. There is an additional show on weekends.
The tram ride will pass through the Himalayan Foothills which is full of stout trees and dense vegetation. You can come face to face with the bharal, Himalayan tahr and mouflon.
Nepalese River Valley
The tram will leave the Himalayan Foothills and enter the marshy lands which lead to the Nepalese River Valley. You can watch the sambars, the largest Asian deers, roam freely and even come close to the tram. The other species that you can view are the Golden Jackals, Pelicans and the One – horned Rhinoceros.
The Indian Subcontinent offers a great diversity in flora and fauna. You should look out for the famed Indian wild animals like Barasingha, Striped Hynea, Sloth Bear and Gir Lion. The Striped Hynea is the only species of hyena found in Asia and only produces a sound when it is fighting. The Gir lions are highly endangered and it is estimated that only 200 of these species are living in the highly protected Gir Forests.
The equatorial regions of Africa are warm and a bit moist for most of the year. The tropical forests look beautiful as they get adequate rain and sunlight. The region is famous for the species like Bongo, Serval and Cape Giraffe. For those who are not so familiar with these species, let me tell you that Bongos are actually forest antelopes and Servals refer to a kind of wolf – deer.
Indo – Malayan Region
The Indo – Malayan region is not for the faint – hearted. You need to be very alert to spot that elusive Malayan Tiger. They are in a protected environment, so you need not worry. But the bad news is that Malayan tiger count is diminishing in the wild as they are frequently hunted for their body parts.
Asian Riverine Forest
The tram will take you through this zone and might even halt to allow a tapir to cross the road! The visitors will have a memorable experience as you can see these creatures from a close distance. The other species that you can see here are the Asian Elephants and the Red Dholes.
Food & Beverages
Those visiting the Night Safari will never be far away from quality dining. The Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant is a 600 – seater signature restaurant that specializes in international cuisine. There are options for both buffet and a la carte. The most popular dishes here are the Chilli Crab, Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Ice Kacchang, Satay and Chicken Biryani set. There is also a
Bornean Tribal Performance that takes place at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. The restaurant is open daily from 6pm to 11pm.
The Bongo Burgers is just beside the entrance to the Night Safari. It is a great place for open – air alfresco dining and the restaurant specializes in some real tasty western specialties. The meat patties and the gourmet burgers sell like hot cakes here. The place opens at 6pm and closes at midnight.
The American Brand, Ben & Jerry, has opened its second scoop shop in SE Asia in Night Safari. All your favorite flavors are available here. So go ahead and enjoy!
There is much to shop at Night Safari. You must take home one of the stuffed toys to remind you of the fun days. You can even choose a T-shirt for yourself or buy a jewelry box for that special someone back home. There are a lot of things to choose from the souvenir shops like caps, tote bags, plushes and a whole range of wildlife souvenirs.
It is a good idea to keep an umbrella with you as there can be a sudden downpour. When you are visiting the park, try to wear covered shoes as they are very comfortable for the long strolls inside the park. Lastly, if you face any difficulty at any point of time, do not hesitate to approach one of the many guest relation officers.
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