A Guide to the Singapore Night Safari: Worth It?
Every city has certain must-see attractions, and Singapore is no exception. The first time we visited, we basically had to squeeze all the best things to see in Singapore into a day and a half.
Our friends were not impressed. “Next time, you have to go to the Singapore Zoo Night Safari!” they insisted. So peer pressure and thumbs-up TripAdvisor reviews talked us into visiting an attraction without knowing what to expect. The only thing we knew for sure was that we’d never hear the end of it if we didn’t make it to the Singapore Night Safari the next time we passed through the country.
After having visited twice, here’s our hard-learned travel guide to the Singapore Night Safari. Is it worth it? Read on to find out.
What is the Singapore Night Safari, anyway?
If you’re thinking that Singapore Night Safari is just another zoo, you’ve got another think coming. I mean, it’s not like going to the regular zoo at night. This is a separate attraction, right next to the Singapore Zoo, where they keep all the animals that do nothing but sleep while the sun’s out.
This is where you get to spy on those critters and see what they do after the gates close for the day.
If this idea intrigues you, read on. Maybe our review will help you determine if the Night Safari is worth your time and money.
Why visit the Singapore Night Safari?
There are several reasons to visit the Singapore Night Safari: its unique nocturnal setting, diverse animal species, close encounters with animals through the tram ride and paths, and spectacular shows. Visits also support conservation efforts and educate visitors about the importance of protecting these animals.
#1 nightlife attraction in Singapore
When Night Safari opened in 1994, it was the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park. The man who came up with the idea was a genius ( you can read his story here ). The Singapore Night Safari is considered a world-class attraction, and it welcomes more than 1.1 million visitors a year!
It has also become a significant conservation, rescue and research facility. Most encouraging of all, it has successfully bred a number of endangered species, including Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, fishing cats, Malayan tapirs and Asian lions.
The park’s lighting has been specially designed to be only as bright as the full moon, and since animals are used to that, they are awake and active. Visitors have to find their way around with only the “light of the moon” as a guide, but if you have ever gone camping, you will know that it is adequate.
As you might imagine, flash photography and flashlights are prohibited, not only for the well-being of the animals, but for the safety of others. Being suddenly blinded by an unexpected flash can really mess with your eyesight.
How to get to Singapore Night Safari
The Night Safari is next to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, only a 30-minute drive from Marina Bay and Orchard Road.
The best way to get to the Night Safari is by MRT and shuttle bus. Take the MRT to Khatib Station (NS14) on the North South line. Use Exit A to catch the Mandai Khatib Shuttle to the Night Safari. The trip costs SGD $1 and takes about 15 minutes. Shuttles run every 10 minutes.
Another option is the Safari Gate shuttle bus , which runs between Suntec and the Night Safari. Tickets are $7 each way.
To get to the Night Safari by public transportation, take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio station (NS16). From the station across the street, take bus 138 to Night Safari.
Bus routes 138 and 927 both have a stop at the Night Safari.
Book an excursion
The most hassle-free way to visit the Night Safari is to book an excursion with a tour company. They will provide skip-the line tickets and hotel pickup and return, and you also get priority boarding on the tram. Learn more here.
We’ve also taken a taxi to the safari and called GrabCar to take us home. (GrabCar is the Uber of Southeast Asia.)
While it’s more expensive than taking the MRT, a taxi/GrabCar offers the convenience of traveling door-to-door, on your schedule. Note that the cost is PER CAR, not per person, so factor that in if you’re comparing prices.
- Taxi: Calculate your fare here . I couldn’t find a GrabCar price calculator, but I’ve been told that taxi and GrabCar prices are comparable.
Night Safari entrance
As with most parks, the zoo entrance is lined with shops and food joints. There are a number of places to eat at the Night Safari at assorted price points.
The food court has a traditional kampong (village) ambiance, in keeping with the overall adventure theme you’d expect at a zoo. Most special diets can be accommodated because it has a nice variety of options, from tasty satays to noodle soups, fish and even burgers and beer.
Your food options include:
- Jungle Rotisserie (roasted quarter chicken) – you can watch the Thrumbuakar performance from your seat.
- Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant (buffet plus local a la carte options like chicken rice and laksa)
- Safari Sizzles (hot dogs & fried snacks, plus both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
- Zebra Cafe (soft serve frozen yogurt, snacks and drinks of all types)
- Ben & Jerry’s (ice cream treats)
- Casa Italia (32 flavors of gelato)
- Mandai Mart (fruit cups and slushies)
For us, it was Ulu Ulu on both occasions, because Dan enjoyed their delicious Indian buffet that much the first time. This is one case where doing a bit of prior research would have paid off. We arrived early so we’d have more time for dinner, only to find out that they offer an Asian buffet first.
Just so you know, their Indian buffet starts at 8:30.
Night Safari’s Zebra Cafe has some really fun chairs.It’s obvious that the interior designer was talented. We were surprised by the designer’s attention to detail – even in the washrooms! They are designed with an open plan, with waterfalls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and lush landscaping that makes you feel like you’re washing your hands in a tropical garden. I’ve read that they won awards for them. (Umm … awards for bathrooms?)
IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT go to Singapore Night Safari expecting to get good photos. You won’t. Cell phone cameras are not equipped to capture good photos in limited light, especially when the subject is moving. A tripod and fast camera lens are essential for good photos, so if you have them, come prepared.
Navigating the Night Safari
Singapore Night Safari is divided into seven geographical zones. There are four pathways that lead you through them all.
Tip: Remember to wear shoes with good traction. Some areas can be wet and it is easy to trip in the darkness.
More than 59 exhibits and 1,000 animals live here. Their enclosures are grouped into geographical regions, accessible via 4 walking trails and a tram tour.
Our suggested itinerary
We’d suggest that you plan your evening around the two live shows they offer. Here’s a good itinerary:
- 6:00 – Dinner
- 7:00 – Enjoy the Thumbuakar fire show
- 7:15 – Walk through the trails
- 9:40 – Tram ride
- 10:30 – Creatures of the Night show
- 10:50 – Gift shop
Thumbuakar fire show
Pyromaniacs will really enjoy this spectacle. Fire breathing tribal warriors display their skill as they dance and perform their fiery stunts.
- Where: Entrance courtyard (weather permitting)
- Time: Daily except Wednesdays at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm (and 10pm on weekends and holidays)
Creatures of the Night
The Creatures of the Night Show is a great opportunity to take a break and be entertained at the same time. You’ll see the natural abilities of some of the most fascinating animals in the park. The show lasts 20 minutes but because it’s so popular, you should arrive 30 minutes ahead to ensure a good seat.
- Where: Amphitheatre
- Time: 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 10:30pm (weather permitting)
Guided tram ride
Don’t miss the 40-minute guided tram ride with live commentary, because some of the animals can only be seen from the tram. Your knowledgeable tram guide will fill you in on the beasts and the 6 geographical zones as you drive through them all:
- Himalayan Foothills
- Indian Subcontinent
- Equatorial Africa
- Asian Riverine Forest
- Nepalese River Valley
- Burmese Hillside
What you’ll see on your walk through the Night Safari paths
As you walk through the pathways, you will notice that there are no cages; all that stand between you and the wild animals are a moat and a low fence. There they are, only a little more than arm’s reach away, awake and doing what they normally would do in the wild.
- Wallaby Trail – this Australasian-inspired trail includes an area where cute little wallabies hop back-and-forth across your path. (I almost tripped over one little guy, who wasn’t watching where he was going!) You can also enter a “cave,” complete with dripping water, to watch nocturnal cave critters.
- East Lodge Trail – you can see wild African and Asian animals up close here, thanks to glass-fronted enclosures. Highlights include the splendid Malayan tiger and the devious spotted hyena.
- Leopard Trail – the beautiful leopard has his own huge glass-fronted exhibit for your enjoyment. The trail also offers Mangrove Walk and Giant Flying Squirrel Aviary, two walk-through exhibits that allow you to experience creatures swooping around and above you.
- Fishing Cat Trail – watch the fishing cat as it tries to reel in its fish dinner in front of your eyes.
In addition, the park has a special area for smaller critters, like reptiles, and each cage is small enough that it’s easy to find them. Even there, the caretakers were careful to create a natural environment for their well-being.
Luxury experiences at the Night Safari
Singapore Night Safari offers private tours. You can book a VIP Safari Adventurer Tour , and a dedicated guide will take your group on a private tour of the park.
Plan your trip
- Hours: Open daily from 7:15pm – 12.00mn daily (Last ticket sale at 11.15 pm). Retail shops open from 5:00pm and restaurants open from 5.30 pm.
- Cost: Adult: S$45 | Child: S$30. Multi-park discounts are available.
- Wheelchairs: Contact a guest relations officer to arrange a tram with wheelchair facilities. ( Here is a suggested itinerary for wheelchairs.)
- For more of the nocturnal zoo, see our Night Safari photo gallery .
Also see our Singapore River Cruise review .
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Written by Linda
Linda is multilingual and has been to over 50 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages inspired her to create As We Saw It, where she documents her trips, shares practical itineraries, and offers insider tips. She’s passionate about helping fellow travelers save time, money, and hassle, and loves to discover new places to explore.
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28 thoughts on “a guide to the singapore night safari: worth it”.
The night safari was awesome. We had an absolute whale of a time. The food was delicious as well.
So glad you enjoyed it! I’m guessing your answer to my question is that yes, it’s worth the expense.
Visit River Safari in Singapore for a wildlife experience themed around the world’s freshwater rivers. You’ll wander around eight river habitats, from the Yangtze to the Mississippi, to encounter animals of all types, including the beloved giant panda. Learn about the native animals and plants that are found around the world’s legendary rivers, and take a boat ride on the ‘Amazon River,’ if you wish (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
River Safari is on our list because it’s Asia’s only river-themed wildlife park and it has the world’s largest collections of freshwater animals. The most interesting one is the Mekong giant catfish.
Wonderful post. Thanks for such detailed information. I am travelling in October with my family. My dad is hemiplegic so he will be in wheelchair. We want to cover both Singapore Zoo and River Safari. How much do we need to walk? Are the pathways easily wheelchair friendly? Is it like really very long walk combining both. Are the outside food allowed inside as I need to carry some homemade food for my father.
We’ve not visited the Singapore Zoo yet so we can’t tell you how accessible it is or how much walking you’ll do. The Night Safari has hills and some places have stairs so you might have to detour. We’d suggest checking the map on their website and planning a route to save some steps. As to outside food, there shouldn’t be a problem bringing it in.
Ahhh so cute!!! I love animals and I’m glad this zoo seems to be a good one that provides a good habitat for the animals. 🦓 🦒 🐅 I went to the Night Safari and it was awesome. These are awesome photos and great description. 🙂 Wonderful post. Thanks for such detailed information.
You are so welcome, Maria.
Short answer is NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Read TripAdvisor ‘terrible’ reviews to get the real picture, these are absolutely accurate. It is a tragedy of monstrous proportions. One of the worst things I did in my whole life.
Wow, it’s hard to believe an attraction could have been that terrible. Which things to do in Singapore would you recommeend?
Wow, this must be a Unique adventure for you. Wandering through the trails and finding animals in their natural surrounding is a bit exciting and Scary too. But they use proper protection so nothing to worry.
What we like most about the Night Safari is how easy it is to get close to the animals and feel completely safe. I hope we conveyed that in our article.
I haven’t been to the Night Safari in years – I think the fire show is fairly new, because I don’t remember it at all. It sounds great! The Creatures of the Night Show, though, left a lasting impression on me for all the wrong reasons: despite repeated requests to refrain from using flash photography in order to protect the animals’ eyes, I saw SO many camera flashes go off during those few minutes. Seeing that kind of blatant selfishness up close was really infuriating.
I completely agree! We had the same experience when on the tram, but thankfully the guide reminded people to turn the flash off.
Absolutely disappointed. Do not waste your money. Go see the zoo in the day light. Photos are not worth the effort. Half the animals cannot be seen. We just love zoos, but not this Night Safari. Go have breakfast with the Oranatangs instead.
Thanks for the recommendation to see the zoo in the daylight, Graham. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the Night Safari, but Breakfast with the Orangutans sounds like a keeper.
Singapore didn’t seem terribly expensive – when compared with other major cities – like Tokyo, London, Barcelona. Hotels and transportation are the ones that are quite high-priced.
For sure accommodation is pricey in Singapore, but the hawker stands make up for it with some of the cheapest restaurant food on the planet. Maybe the reason Singapore has a reputation for being expensive is because of the contrast, as its neighbouring southeast Asian nations are so dirt cheap?
We also missed the fire-breathing Thumbuakar performance – It was drizzling and they had to cancel the show.. We ended up taking the buggy as it was drizzling and had a very tough time taking any meaningful picture..
Practically have no photos which are not blurred 🙂
Our sympathies; we discarded almost all of our photos because of how badly they turned out. I’m just glad we had a few marginally acceptable ones to include in this story. 🙂
Looks like fun, but I would be in the same boat as Dan – I love getting great photos and when it’s hard to do I get so frustrated. I’m not the best at shooting in low light as it is (need more practice). The bathrooms sound lovely, and of course the food looks amazing! 🙂
It was. I’d like to visit again but might not find the opportunity. There are so many wonderful places in Singapore that we’ve not seen yet!
Sometimes you just have to enjoy your surroundings without your camera – it’s so freeing when you do! The night experience looks really interesting… and not surprising Singapore has some really cool washrooms 🙂
I think you’re right, but sure Dan loves his photography….
First of all, I love the cool chairs – I mean, who would not want to sit on a zebra!! The food looks delicious and it looks like a fun and enjoyable experience. I can understand why it is hard to photograph there as usually a tripod is needed to exceptional night shots but give yourselves a pat on the back for the ones you captured and included in this post!
Thanks, Constance. It was a lot of fun.
Awesome night safari! The food looks scrumptious (looks like our Indian platter).
It was some of the best Indian food we’ve had so far. But then, we’ve not been to India yet…
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Night Safari Singapore: A Full Review & How to Go Guide
Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park in Singapore. It shelters more than 2500 nocturnal animals from over 130 species.
I just visited the Night Safari with my wife, and we fully enjoyed this park because of its impressive variety of animals. There are also night shows to look forward to.
And in this Night Safari Singapore review, I will share our personal experiences , along with the attractions you’ll see there.
I will also include a very detailed guide on how to go to Night Safari Singapore by MRT and Bus so you can navigate easily
Exploring this place is one of the interesting and unique things to do in Singapore at night together with your loved ones. So, make sure to add this on your trip and start plotting your plans through the information below.
What is Night Safari Singapore
Guided tram ride, walking trails, admission times, where to buy discounted tickets, night safari singapore map, my suggested itineraries, things to bring, something to take note of, nearby attractions.
- By MRT and Mandai Khatib Shuttle
Night Safari Singapore is such an entertaining night destination for animal lovers. That’s why it’s part of the list of the best theme parks in Singapore that are worth the visit.
Plus, the park offers two amazing experiences for visitors.
The first choice is by riding on a tram and watching different special animal exhibits. Here, you’ll meet some Malayan tiger, White African lions, elephants, Axis deers, Rhinoceros, and many more.
The second one is walking around the trails and enjoying a close encounter with sloth bears, lions, tigers, fishing cats, and Asian otters! And of course, there are animal shows to watch out for.
So, let me share more details about the tram ride , walking trails , and shows with the help of the list below.
There are 2 types of tram services at Night Safari. You can choose between the normal tram and the express tram .
Both trams offer 40 minutes ride to go around the park and see various animals.
The main difference between the two is that the express tram allows you to skip the long queues . So, if you don’t want to line up and wait, you just have to pay an extra SGD $10 .
This is recommended for those who want to save time. You can purchase the express tram ticket at the reception counter in the park.
The Night Safari Singapore offers 4 walking trails that allow you to see the animals up-close. These are Leopard Trail, Fishing Cat Trail, East Lodge Trail, and Wallaby Trail.
Each trail comes with a variety of animals. So, you just have to pick the trail that you are interested in.
But nothing to worry about because whatever trail you pick, you are guaranteed a fun and memorable experience. You can even explore all trails if you want!
1. Leopard Trail
Leopard Trail gives you a glimpse of the life of nocturnal animals.
Here you’ll see the nightly routines of some of the world’s most popular cats. These include the Sri Lankan leopards, clouded leopards, golden cats, civet, and lions.
Surprisingly, this path isn’t just filled with furry cats. Take a further stroll and you’ll meet other wild animals.
You might come across some porcupines, eagle owls, giant flying squirrels, and fruit bats during your walk.
2. Fishing Cat Trail
Fishing Cat Trail is the home to some of the wild’s furry predators like striped hyenas and fishing cats. These creatures are very attentive to their surroundings. They calculate their move strategically so they can target their next prey.
So, make sure you don’t blink an eye while you are watching them. Capture their moves and get awe by their amazing abilities.
Other wild species you can find around are binturongs, pangolins, Asian otters, and more!
3. East Lodge Trail
East Lodge Trail is a path that combines both wild trails of Africa and Asia. In this place, creatures from the tropics and grassland live in harmony.
Residing here are the Malayan Tigers, serval cats, sloth bears, and spotted Hyena.
Other distinct creatures that deserve a second look are the babirusas, anoas, and bongos.
So, if you’re a fan of these animals, pick this trail and meet your favorites along the way.
4. Wallaby Trail
Wallaby Trail is another fun track to visit. Dive into this rare opportunity of seeing wallabies in action. At times, you’ll catch them jumping with their babies on their pouch.
And there’s more to expect in this wallaby zone. The trail highlights other animals from Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand.
Meet some natural charmers like sugar gliders, barn owls, and possums. The white-lipped Python is also in attendance.
Singapore’s Night Safari also comes with 2 amazing shows that are definitely worth the hype. These are the Thumbuakar Performance and the Creatures of the Night.
Both shows are spectacular to watch, so you shouldn’t miss them when visiting this nocturnal wildlife park.
1. Thumbuakar Performance
Thumbuakar Performance is a thrilling outdoor spectacle that will surely catch your attention. This is presented at the park’s entrance, serving as a welcome greeting to visitors.
Get mesmerized by the extremely talented pyro warriors showcasing their talents.
Watch closely as they demonstrate different amazing fire-twirling talents and fire-eating acts.
Their movements perfectly go with the beat, adding more intensity to their performance.
Without a doubt, this show will definitely fuel your interest to explore the park.
Location: Entrance Courtyard Duration: 7 Minutes Available Show Time: 6:45PM/ 8:00 PM / 9:00 PM / 10:00 PM *10:00 PM show only available on Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday.
2. Creatures of the Night
Creatures of the Night is another show that should be included in your itinerary.
This fun and informative show puts into the spotlight some talented animals.
Get entertained by the owls, civets, and fennec foxes. Watch as these charming creatures entertain the visitor with their adorable antics.
Also crowd favorites are otters. They’ll amaze you with their unique skills in segregating trashes.
Plus, it’s hard not to crack a smile as you see them refusing some orders.
Location: Amphitheatre Duration: 25 Minutes Available Show Time: 7:15 PM / 8:30 PM/ 9:30 PM / 10:30 PM *10:30 PM show only available on Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday.
Night Safari Singapore offers four different time slots to enter the park. These are 7:15 PM, 8:15 PM, 9:15 PM, and 10:15 PM.
It’s highly recommended that you book the earliest time slot , which is 7:15 PM because:
- It gives you enough time to visit all the attractions at Night Safari.
- It’s easier to spot the animals during this time where the sky is not yet too dark.
- At this time, more animals are still active compared to later time slots. As a result, you have higher chances of seeing and spending time with high-energy animals.
If you want to save money for your Night Safari trip, purchase the tickets online .
The normal ticket prices are SGD $49 (Adult) and SGD $33 (Child – Ages 3 to 12), if bought at the on-site ticketing counter.
But if you purchase it online, you’ll get a 28% discount .
And if you want to secure the first admission time slot (7:15 PM) , make sure to book in advance . It’s because this time slot sells fast and is often fully booked.
Get a 28% discount as well as secure the best time slot by purchasing your Night Safari tickets through the link below.
- Book discounted Night Safari tickets here
Our visit to Night Safari Singapore was fun and memorable. We truly enjoyed the variety of attractions on offer.
We entered the park at 7:15 PM and spent about 3 hours exploring the park.
We started with the tram ride and then watched the amazing shows right after.
After the amazing performances, we continue with our adventure and took the 4 walking trails.
You should know beforehand that the earliest tram ride often has long queues. It’s because at this time the animals are easier and clearer to see.
So, it’s best that you line up at the entry gate at 6:30 PM so you won’t have to deal with the waiting game. Plus, this will guarantee that you will catch the earliest tram ride.
I highly recommend you to visit Night Safari with your family or friends. And if you’re planning on your Night Safari visit, don’t forget to check out my 5 days in Singapore itinerary !
To easily navigate Night Safari Singapore, I recommend that you download the Night Safari Map here . This will help you explore the park conveniently by just using your smartphone.
It’s not advisable that you use a hardcopy map because it can be very hard to see and read it at night.
For a better and more convenient trip to Night Safari, check out my recommended itineraries below.
These options will help maximize your visit for a more enjoyable and memorable tour.
Itinerary (Normal Tram Rider):
- 6:30 PM – Queue up at the entry gate of Night Safari
- 7:15 PM – Enter Night Safari and hop on the tram ride
- 8:00 PM – Watch Thumbuakar Performance (7 Minutes Show)
- 8:30 PM – Watch Creatures of the Night show (25 Minutes Show)
- 9:00 PM – Stroll along Wallaby Trail, East Lodge Trail, Leopard Trail, and Fishing Cat Trail
*Remember to have your hand stamped at the Exit Gate before going out to watch the Thumbuakar Performance. You need to present your stamp when you re-enter the park after watching the show.
Itinerary (Express Tram Rider):
- 6:45 PM – Watch Thumbuakar Performance (7 Minutes Show)
- 7:00 PM – Queue up at the express entry gate of Night Safari
Being in the wild at night can expose you to mosquitoes and other insects. Be sure to apply mosquito repellent before starting your adventure or you can bring one inside the park.
Also, don’t forget to bring a drinking bottle. There are free water dispensers located near the washroom to refill your bottles.
Another thing to take into account is you can’t use flash photography while in the park. This restriction might give you lesser chances of getting clearer photos of the animals. But, it’s for the best.
As a visitor, you need to exercise extra caution because the camera flash can hurt them―even worst, cause permanent blindness. Make use of this rare opportunity to enjoy each moment with these captivating creatures in a more personal note. 😊
1. Jungle Rotisserie
A scenic, open-air restaurant, Jungle Rotisserie serves up fresh, flavoursome roasted chicken with a sauce of your choice.
Pick your side dishes that include a bowl of soup, coleslaw, fries, and mashed potato.
The restaurant is positioned right at the entrance courtyard, which gives you amazing views from the Thumbuakar Performance.
Enjoy your tasty meal while watching the fantastic moves of the pyro masters.
2. Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant
Another dining option located at the main entrance, Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant offers two buffet options.
Choose between the taste of Asian and Indian dishes that include chicken tandoori, biryani, chicken rice, ice kacang, and more.
This delightful dining experience also gives you two dining choices. Dine under the natural-looking and relaxing interior or feast under the open sky.
3. Safari Sizzles
Safari Sizzles has everything you need for a quick yet filling bite. Situated along the main entrance of the park, they’ve got an amazing range of crispy snacks and gourmet hotdogs.
Plus, this is a great spot for vegetarians! Enjoy their chapati rolls, vegetable kathi roll, and aloo bun. Complete your snack with their tasty beverages and alcoholic drinks.
Before visiting Night Safari Singapore, you can explore either Singapore Zoo or River Safari first. These two animal parks are very close to Night Safari, maybe a 1 to 2-minute walk only.
To know more about the two animal parks, refer to the guides below.
1. Singapore Zoo
Explore all 14 zones of Singapore Zoo and meet animals from different species. Right after, you can catch the amazing shows that showcase the spectacular talents of sea lions, dogs, cats, elephants, and more. Simply check my full guide to Singapore Zoo and review here.
2. River Safari
Grab this opportunity to see some adorable pandas at River Safari Singapore. This famous animal theme park is also known for its river-themed attractions that come with a unique set of animals.
Not only that but this zoo also has a lot of scenic photo spots that are worth the capture. Make use of this complete guide to River Safari Singapore and review to save time in researching.
How to Go to Night Safari Singapore
Even if there’s no MRT station that takes you directly to Night Safari Singapore, no need to worry! You can easily reach the place from the MRT station then by bus.
1. By MRT and Mandai Khatib Shuttle
The best way to go to Night Safari is by MRT and Mandai Khatib Shuttle especially for first-time visitors.
You can take the MRT to Khatib MRT Station . At the station, you head for the Exit A for you to hop aboard the Mandai Khatib Shuttle go to Night Safari. It takes about 15 minutes and costs SGD $1 from Khatib MRT Station to Night Safari.
This bus operates from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Monday to Wednesday) and operates until 10:00 PM (Thursday to Sunday). The service runs every 20 minutes within those times.
Kindly take note that the Mandai Khatib Shuttle only accept EZ-link or NETS Flash card and it didn’t accept cash.
2. By Bus 138
If you’re staying close to Ang Mo Kio area, you can board the bus 138 go to Night Safari. The bus fare is SGD $1.64 (if pay by EZ-link or NETS Flash card) and SGD $2.50 (if pay by cash). The one-way trip will take around 39 minutes .
To get on the bus 138, you can go to Ang Mo Kio bus terminal. The Ang Mo Kio bus terminal is connected to the Exit C of Ang Mo Kio MRT Station.
The bus 138 runs every 8 to 14 minutes from 6:30 AM to 11:45 PM.
If you want a comfortable way to get to Night Safari, then you can take a taxi. To save some money, you can take a taxi from the Exit A of Khatib MRT Station and it costs around SGD $13.
We’ve come to the end part of my review of Night Safari Singapore. I hope that you find this helpful when planning for your itinerary. Thank you and have a fun and memorable adventure! 🙂
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2 thoughts on “night safari singapore: a full review & how to go guide”.
Hi, I have read most of your posts about Singapore and I have a couple of questions.
I would like to inquire about the Mandai Express Bus and heading back to the train station.
We plan to head to Night Safari after our Art Science Museum tour around 530 in the afternoon on a Saturday next year.
We plan to take the Mandai Express using our EZ-Link/NETSFlashPay from Khatib Station to and from Night Safari. S$1 per ride or is it free when we go back to Khatib Stn?
Thanks in advance!
Sorry for my late reply.
The Mandai Express Bus is charges a fare of SGD $1 per ride.
So, you need to pay SGD $1 when you go back to Khatib MRT Station.
Wishing you a fun and fulfilling trip to Night Safari Singapore. 🙂
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Embark on an adventure after dark at the Night Safari, an open air zoo that houses over 2,500 creatures of the night.
What you’ll experience.
Experience the wild side of Singapore with the thrilling Night Safari! Step into a world of adventure as you embark on an after-dark journey through the enchanting rainforest. This unique wildlife park is the first of its kind, allowing you to observe nocturnal animals in their natural habitats under the moonlit sky.
Get ready for a captivating experience like no other! As the sun sets and darkness falls, the Night Safari comes alive with a vibrant energy. Hop on the guided tram ride and prepare to be amazed as you encounter fascinating creatures roaming freely. From majestic tigers to adorable sloths, and from elusive leopards to playful otters, you'll have the opportunity to witness these captivating animals up close and personal.
So, grab your friends and family, and prepare for an exhilarating night out in the wild! Whether you're a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a unique and entertaining experience, the Night Safari in Singapore is the perfect destination. Get ready to embark on a magical journey under the stars and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don't wait, book your tickets now and let the adventure begin!
Find out what these animals do when the rest of the world is sleeping
Enhance your experience by joining the Safari Adventure Tour with a personal guide
Plan your visit to ensure you catch this exciting show!
Don't forget to check out the park map to explore all nooks and crannies that Night Safari has to offer and make your journey as seamleass and time-saving as possible.
Click here to see the park map in high resolution.
How to get there.
Take the North South line to any of the MRT stations below and continue by bus:
Frequently asked questions.
- Monday : 00:00 - 23:59
- Tuesday : 00:00 - 23:59
- Wednesday : 00:00 - 23:59
- Thursday : 00:00 - 23:59
- Friday : 00:00 - 23:59
- Saturday : 00:00 - 23:59
- Sunday : 00:00 - 23:59
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Singapore is a favorite country for travelers who want to spend time with their loved ones. Although this country has a fairly small area, Singapore offers many interesting tourist attractions for travelers, one of which is the Night Safari Singapore.
Night Safari Singapore offers an experience that you can't get anywhere else. From the dashing tiger to the adorable sloth, and from the elusive leopard to the playful otter, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating animals at night.
Before having fun at Night Safari in Singapore, it’s good to know some information about the latest admission prices, what activities you can do, locations and how to get there. Without further ado, let's take a look at some important information about Night Safari Singapore that you should know first in the following article!
One important piece of information that you should know before visiting this tourist spot is the latest Night Safari Singapore entrance ticket price. The latest Night Safari Singapore ticket price as of 2023 are:
- Night Safari Singapore admission ticket + Tram (Singaporean Residents) (Open-Dated): S$49.50
- Night Safari Singapore admission ticket + Tram (Non-Singaporean Residents) (Open-Dated): S$49.50
- Night Safari Singapore ticket price (Add-On) Creatures of Night Reserved Seat (Admission Not Included): S$9.00
- Night Safari Singapore ticket price (Add-On) Multi-Lingual Tram at Night Safari (Admission Not Included): S$10.00
As you should know, the ticket prices listed can change at any time, so you can directly visit the Traveloka website to find out the latest information about the Night Safari Singapore promotion If you want to visit this tourist spot, then you must know the opening hours of Night Safari Singapore. Night Safari Singapore opening hours are 00.00-23.59 local time, from Monday to Sunday. So, make sure to visit this place according to the specified time.
Night Safari Singapore provides a wide range of exciting activities that you can do with your loved ones. Here are some exciting activities that you can do while visiting this tourist spot.
What better way to enjoy a night out in the wild than on a Safari Adventure Tour? You and your loved ones can board a cozy train and go on an adventure with the company of an expert guide. Listen to insider stories about over 2500 animals or ask any questions you have about wildlife.
Keeper’s Talk is the best activity for those who want to know more about wildlife. In this activity, you can learn more about animals in the wild from the people who know best - the keepers. In this interactive session, you can see the fascinating behaviors of the animals at Night Safari Singapore from the keepers.
If you're looking for a unique experience while on vacation, then you can experience a Unique Dining Experience at Night Safari Singapore. Here, you can enjoy gourmet meals in the company of free-roaming animals at Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant at Night Safari.
Night Safari Singapore is located at Night Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Night Safari, Singapore 729826. There are several ways you can choose to reach Night Safari Singapore using the transportation that is available in Singapore, such as bus, MRT, Mandai Khatib Shuttle, or metro.
If it's your first time visiting Night Safari Singapore, then taking the MRT or Mandai Khatib Shuttle is one of the best options for you. You can take the MRT and head to Khatib MRT Station. After that, you can head to Exit A and continue your trip by using the Mandai Khatib Shuttle to get to the Night Safari Singapore.
Get ready to embark on a magical journey under the stars and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones at one of Singapore's best tourist attractions. Buy Night Safari Singapore tickets at Traveloka now to get attractive offers and promos!
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Singapore Night Safari is the World’s first nocturnal wildlife park.
During this Safari, which starts after dark, visitors get to explore a 35 hectares nocturnal Zoo on a 40-minute tram ride.
Even as the nocturnal animals roam around freely, the Tram winds its way through four wildlife trails with live commentary.
The Night Safari is divided into seven geographical zones.
The zones include the Himalayan Foothills, Indian Subcontinent, Equatorial Africa, Indo-Malayan Region, Asian Riverine Forest, Nepalese River Valley, and Burmese Hillside.
Visitors can see various animals, including tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hyenas, zebras, and many more.
The animals are active at night, and visitors can observe them in their natural habitats under the moonlight.
This night-time journey into the wilderness attracts 1.3 million visitors annually.
The Singapore Night Safari is a unique and exciting way to experience wildlife and learn more about the animals that call the world home.
This article explains everything you need to know before you buy Singapore Zoo Night Safari tickets.
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There are two ways to explore the Night Safari – by walk or by Tram.
Visitors who have been to the Night Safari Singapore multiple times recommend you must do both.
First, take the Tram, do the 40 minutes ride to see everything there is, and then catch one of the walking trails.
The walking paths have enough lighting, and Park Rangers are placed at strategic points to assist.
Tip: Because of the darkness and the vegetation, there are lots of mosquitos and insects. Do carry insect repellent.
Types of Tram
To explore Singapore Night Safari park, you can opt from two types of Trams –
1. Free Tram with English commentary 2. Multi-language Express Tram
Access to this Tram comes free with all Singapore Night Safari tickets .
There is a queue to get into this Tram, but the waiting time usually doesn’t exceed 15 minutes.
The live commentary on this free Night Safari Tram is in the English language.
If you don’t want to stand in the queue or if you want the live commentary in a language other than English, you can book the Express Tram.
The Express Tram commentary is available in eight languages – English, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Thai and Vietnamese.
When you book the Express Tram at the venue, you must stand in a queue and shell out S$10 for every person (including kids).
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Singapore Night Safari tickets
There are three ways to experience Singapore Zoo Night Safari. You can opt for –
1. Only Singapore Night Safari 2. Singapore Night Safari with hotel pickup 3. Singapore Zoo with Night Safari
All these tickets get you one ride on the Night Safari Tram and access to both shows – Creatures of the Night Show and Thumbuakar Performance.
After you book your Singapore Night Safari Entry ticket, you must choose from four time slots for your visit – 7.15 pm, 8.15 pm, 9.15 pm, or 10.15 pm.
Night Safari tickets with Tram Ride
This is the cheapest way to experience Singapore Night Safari and includes a tram ride with audio commentary in English.
You will see more than a thousand nocturnal animals performing their nightly rituals, grazing, hunting, and stalking during the tram ride.
Besides the Night Safari, this ticket also gets you access to Rainforest Lumina.
Adult ticket (13+ years): S$52 Child ticket (3 to 12 years): S$36 Senior ticket (60+ years): S$20 Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry
Adult ticket Tourist (13+ years): S$50 Child ticket Tourist (3 to 12 years): S$34 Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry
Since this is a nighttime activity, some visitors prefer to book the Singapore Night Safari ticket with transfers.
A local guide picks you up from your hotel, and after you have explored the world’s first night safari, drops you back.
Pickup begins 30 or 45 minutes before the tour starting time, depending on your hotel’s location.
If you prefer, you can upgrade your experience by including a dinner.
Adult ticket (13+ years): S$93 Child ticket (3 to 12 years): S$65 Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry
Singapore Zoo and Singapore Night Safari are two different attractions, with their entrances next to each other.
Many tourists visit the zoo in the afternoon, and after refreshing at one of the restaurants nearby, they experience the night safari after dark.
When you book this combo ticket, you save approximately 10% on your ticket costs.
Ticket Price: S$93
How to get to Night Safari
Because of the excellent public transport system in Singapore, it is easy to reach Singapore Night Safari.
Many tourists think that Singapore Night Safari and Singapore Zoo are the same, but they are two different attractions.
However, they are close to each other.
Night Safari’s entrance is adjacent to Singapore Zoo’s entry gate.
Address: 80, Mandai Lake Road, Singapore, 729826.
Five MRT stations of North South Line are around the Singapore Night Safari Park.
Connecting buses from these MRT stations can get you to the Night Safari Park.
Khatib MRT : Mandai Khatib Shuttle Choa Chu Kang MRT : Bus No. 927 Ang Mo Kio MRT : Bus No. 138 Woodlands MRT : Bus No. 926* Marsiling MRT : Bus No. 926*
*Bus No. 926 operates only on Sundays and Public Holidays.
If you plan to visit Singapore Zoo Night Safari from Bedok, Sengkang, or Tampines, the Mandai Express Bus service is the best option.
The Mandai Express operates on weekends, school, and public holidays as well.
The adult ticket costs S$3 while kids between 3 to 12 years of age pay only S$1.
To get to the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, other bus service Safari Gate Buses are also convenient.
Driving to Night Safari
Singapore Night Safari is 30 minutes’ drive from the city center.
You can choose to travel via Central Expressway (CTE) or Pan Island Expressway (PIE). Get Directions
Taxis also follow the same route.
The Night Safari shares its parking slot with the Singapore Zoo.
There are two parking areas – one is a covered car park while the second is an open-air parking space.
Cost of parking
The parking charges at Singapore Night Safari work out cheaper if you are carrying a cash card.
First 10 minutes: Free Next 1 hour: S$3 per hour Every additional hour: S$2 per hour
The maximum parking charges for a car get capped at S$10.
If you pay by cash, parking your car will cost you S$10 for the day.
Some tourists plan Jurong Bird Park in the morning and Singapore Night Safari later in the day.
After exploring Jurong Bird Park, you can do the Night Safari because it starts from 7.15 pm and instead of walking you can explore the nocturnal Zoo on a Tram.
SAExpress coaches run between the Bird Park and Night Safari.
The bus leaves Jurong Bird Park’s coach park at 4.45 pm and reaches Singapore Night Safari at 5.15 pm.
This gives you ample time to grab something to eat, stand in the queue, and get in for Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari at 7.15 pm.
From Thursday to Sunday, Night Safari Singapore opens at 6.30 pm and closes at midnight. It also remains open on Public Holidays and on the eve of a Public Holiday.
The last entry into the Night Safari Park is at 11.15 pm.
The wildlife attraction remains closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The ticket counters open early at 5.30 pm and close by 11 pm.
Best time to visit Night Safari Singapore
The best time to visit Singapore Night Safari is 7.15 pm, which is the first time slot.
That’s when the gates open, and you can be one of the first to get in.
This is the best slot because it helps you time your attendance at the shows, pick the Tram ride, and plan your dinner to perfection.
After you purchase your Singapore Night Safari tickets , you will get an email with instructions to select a time slot for your visit. You can choose from 7.15 pm, 8.15 pm, 9.15 pm, or 10.15 pm.
And on the day of your visit, you must be at the Night Safari Park’s entrance at the time mentioned on your tickets.
Once inside the Night Safari Park, everybody rushes for the Night Safari Tram ride. As a result, there are long queues for the Tram.
After the Tram ride is over, they all rush for the shows, crowding them too.
That’s why we recommend you do precisely the opposite.
Once you enter at 7.15 pm, go straight to the Creatures of the Night Show at the outdoor amphitheater.
The official time for this animal show is 7.15 pm, but since the visitors are just walking, you get a few minutes to settle down.
Creatures of the Night Show lasts 25 minutes, after which you can get back to the Entrance Courtyard to watch the 7-minute long Thumbuakar Performance.
The second Thumbuakar Performance of the day is at 8 pm, which means you may have to wait for 10 minutes or so before the show begins.
By 8.15 pm, you will have seen both the shows and will be all set for the Tram Ride.
Even though there are long lines for the Tram Rides, the crowd management is efficient, and within 15 minutes, one can board the Night Safari Tram.
Tip: Buy Singapore Night Safari tickets online to save yourself at least an hour of waiting time.
Most visitors spend around three hours at Singapore Night Safari.
Within three hours, you can go on the Safari Tram ride, walk one of the animal trails, see Creatures of the Night Show and Thumbuakar Performance, and also have dinner.
If you are in a hurry, you can skip the Trail walk and dinner and explore Singapore Night Safari in about two hours.
Singapore Night Safari shows
The Singapore Night Safari has two shows, both of which are popular with tourists.
Since both these Night Safari shows are in massive demand, we recommend you reach the venue 15 minutes before they start.
This show welcomes you to the Night Safari.
Pyro warriors demonstrate their fire-twirling and flame-throwing skills to the beat of jungle drums.
This fire show happens at the Entrance Courtyard, and the objective is to get you all revved up for the Wild Night Safari experience.
The fire eaters perform thrice on weekdays and four times on weekends.
Weekdays: 6.45 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays: 6.45 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm Duration: Approx. 7 minutes
Creatures of the Night is Singapore Night Safari’s signature show.
Otters, Binturongs, Civets, Heyna, and other animals display their natural talents during this interactive show.
This Night Safari show happens in the big outdoor amphitheater amidst the rainforest.
Weekdays: 7.15 pm, 8.30 pm, 9.30 pm Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays: 7.15 pm, 8.30 pm, 9.30 pm, 10.30 pm Duration: Approx. 25 minutes
*Shows are weather permitting. If it rains, they can get canceled.
Keepers Talk at Night Safari
Keeper chit chat is an interactive session with a wildlife expert who handles the animals.
You can opt to attend these sessions before or after your Tram ride through the 35 hectares of Singapore Night Safari.
Location: Lion Lookout, along the Leopard Trail Timings: 8 pm and 9 pm on Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays
Location: Malayan Tiger Exhibit along East Lodge Trail Timings: 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays
Location: Pangolin Exhibit along Fishing Cat Trail Timings: 8.30 pm, daily
Location: Wallaby exhibit along Wallaby Trail Timings: 9 pm, daily
Session with Tasmanian Devil’s Keeper
Location: Tasmanian Devil Exhibit Timings: 8 pm, daily
The Night Safari has four trails –
The Singapore Night Safari map comes in handy if you decide to walk one (or many) of these trails.
Even if you decide to stick to the Tram, the Night Safari map will still help you reach the shows and find visitor services such as washrooms, restaurants, etc.
Night Safari animals at Singapore Zoo
Almost a thousand animals from 100 different species inhabit the 35-hectare Night Safari Park.
Since more than 40% of these animals are in danger of being extinct, the Park also practices captive breeding of these species.
When you go down this trail (either by the Tram or by walk), you get to see the nightly routine of animals such as Leopards, Lions, Civets, Porcupines, etc.
You also get to see two fantastic walk-through exhibits with flying foxes and flying squirrels on the Leopard Trail.
Some of the other animals you are likely to spot on this trail are Eagle Owl, Giraffe, Fruit Bat, Golden Cat, Otters, Tarsier, etc.
The Fishing Cat Trail simulates the jungles of Singapore, which host animals such as Fishing Cat, Binturong, Pangolin, etc.
The Pangolin in Night Safari was a hit and run victim who has now recovered except for a small limp.
When your Night Safari Tram passes through this trail, you can see animals such as Barking Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Indian Gharial, Mousedeer, Striped Hyena, Small-clawed Otter, etc.
This Night Safari Trail is accessible from the East Lodge Tram Station.
It connects the Leopard Trail to the Wallaby Trail and leads you to the section of Night Safari where animals of the savannah (Africa) and the tropics (Asia) live side by side.
Some of the animals you can spot here are Sloth Bear, Bongo, Babirusa, Anoa, Serval, Spotted Hyena, Malayan Tiger, etc.
If you decide to walk this trail, don’t miss the chit chat with Zoo Keepers of Malayan Tigers, at 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm every Friday and Saturday.
This Night Safari trail lines up wildlife from Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea.
The Wallaby Trail has been landscaped in the form of Australian deserts to make it as authentic as possible.
Besides the Wallaby, some of the animals you will spot here are Possum, Sugar Glider, White-lipped Python, etc.
There are four food outlets at the Singapore Night Safari.
1. Ulu Ulu Safari restaurant
Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant is located at the Night Safari’s Entrance Plaza and is open from 5.30 pm to 11 pm.
The restaurant resembles a charming village and is a perfect place to start or end your Night Safari.
You can order a la carte or opt for either the Asian or the Indian Buffet.
The Asian Buffet is designed to remind you of the traditional villages of the area.
You can choose to eat your Asian Buffet within the cozy restaurant or dine alfresco (out in the open).
Price: S$ 45/adult and S$ 34/child (Age 6 to 12 years) Timing: 5.30 pm to 8.15 pm daily
If you prefer an Indian touch to your dinner, opt for the Indian Buffet at the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant.
The Indian Buffet works out better if you are a late eater because it is available till late.
Price: S$ 29/adult and S$ 19/child (Age 6 to 12 years) Timing: 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm daily
The alfresco Jungle Rotisserie restaurant is at the Entrance Courtyard and offers a ringside view of the Thumbuakar Performance, where fire eaters get on the stage.
To top it, the restaurant offers some of the best smoky meat around.
It is open from 5.30 pm to 11 pm daily.
Safari Sizzles is located at the Entrance Plaza of the Night Safari and is open daily from 5.30 pm to midnight.
They serve an excellent selection of gourmet hot dogs, fried snacks, chapati rolls, and alcoholic thirst quenchers.
This is where all the ice cream lovers stop before or after their Night Safari.
Since the weather is usually hot and humid, almost everyone lands up at Ben & Jerry’s.
It is open from 5.30 pm to midnight, daily.
Visitors have lots of interesting questions about these two attractions.
They are almost always trying to find out if Singapore Zoo and Singapore Night Safari are the same attractions, and if not what are the differences.
Many tourists plan Singapore Night Safari and Rainforest Lumina together.
Rainforest Lumina is a multi-sensory, interactive experience where virtual animals take you through the Zoo instead of real animals.
Eight Creature Crew members (virtual animals) take you along a 1 Km (0.6 Mile) long trail, telling you stories with never-seen-before audio-visual effects.
Time: 7.30 pm – 12 midnight daily Duration of the experience: 45-60 minutes Dates: 14 June 2019 – 9 February 2020
Rainforest Lumina tickets
To access Rainforest Lumina, you need to buy entry tickets.
Singapore Night Safari tickets don’t get you access to this audio-visual extravaganza.
Adult ticket (13+ years): S$ 16.20 Child ticket (3 to 12 years): S$ 12.60
No, they are two different tourist attractions adjacent to each other. Singapore Zoo is a daytime attraction, like all other Zoos. Singapore Night Safari is a night-time attraction, which showcases nocturnal animals. Buy Tickets !
It is hard to take sides here because both are award-winning, world-class tourist attractions. Since they are so different, they can’t be an either-or decision. If you are traveling to Singapore with kids or have the time on hand, it is best to see both.
Singapore Zoo opens at 8.30 am and closes at 6 pm, while the Singapore Night Safari opens at 6.30 pm and closes at midnight. And they are within walking distance of each other. There are two ways to visit the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari on the same day – Option 1 This is the best approach when you are traveling with kids or elders. Buy Singapore Zoo tickets online (to avoid wasting time in ticketing lines), and be at the Zoo when it opens at 8.30 am. Spend 4-5 hours exploring, and then get back to your hotel and rest. Come back at 6 pm and line up to get into the Night Safari gates, which opens at 6.30 pm Option 2 If you are all adults or you have older kids, it is best to see both attractions one after the other. Be at the Singapore Zoo by 1 pm, and explore it till 5 pm. Since you have an hour and 30 minutes before the Singapore Night Safari opens, you can sit down and relax at one of the restaurants and recharge yourself. Once the Night Safari gates open at 6.30 pm, you start your second wildlife experience of the day.
If you can choose only one (for whatever reason!), we recommend the Singapore Night Safari. Buy Tickets ! Inaugurated in 1994, it is the World’s first Night Safari ever. It has been 25 years since and only two more Night Safaris have come up in rest of the World – Taiping Night Safari (in 2003) and Chiang Mai Night Safari (in 2006). In comparison, there are more than 10,000 Zoos in the World.
There are lots of differences between the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. We list them below – Time: Singapore Zoo is a daytime attraction, while the Night Safari is a night-time attraction. Weather: If you don’t go early in the day, Singapore Zoo can get hot and humid. In sharp contrast Singapore Night Safari is much cooler. Duration: You need at least five hours to explore the Zoo, whereas you can explore the Night Safari in three hours or less. Exploration: At the Zoo, you get to explore the animals at your own pace. At the Night Safari, the exploration happens at the Tram’s pace. Crowd: Since the Zoo is open for longer hours the crowd seems spread out and the Night Safari seems crowded because it is only open for five hours per day. Animals: At the Singapore Zoo, you get to see all the animals, while at the Singapore Night Safari, you can only see the nocturnal animals Cost: At approximately S$48 for an adult ticket the Zoo is cheaper than the Night Safari, where the tickets are priced at S$50. Photos: At the Singapore Zoo, you can take photographs, but you can’t during the Night Safari because it is dark and flash is not allowed.
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1. The Opening of the Park was Suggested by the Former Executive Chairman of the Singapore Zoo
Singapore mandai zoo. Photo by unknown author on Wikimedia
2. The Night Safari is the World’s first Nocturnal Zoo and Singapore’s Premier Tourist Attractions
4. the night safari animals are housed in large enclosures instead of cages, 5. the main attraction at the night safari is tram ride through dense shrubbery.
White Rhino in the Night Safari. Photo by KungDekZa on Wikimedia
6. A Safari is Incomplete without Walking Trails through the Forest
Some elephants. Photo by Kuruman on Wikimedia
7. The Night Safari has Interactive Creatures of the Night Show and Cultural Performance
8. the night safari prides itself on its contribution to wildlife conservation, 9. the night safari nocturnal park has had controversies and crises, 10. the night safari is home to fine dining restaurants.
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Most kids just love animals, especially the exotic ones that you can only see at the zoo or in remote parts of the world! If you live in Singapore or are just visiting, you are probably reading this article because you are interested in visiting the Singapore Night Safari with your baby, toddler or child and are unsure what to expect.
Recently Wildlife Reserves Singapore upgraded our family Zoo Annual Pass to include all four parks (thank you WRS), so we decided to finally check out the Night Safari with the boys (ages 7 & 5). Since bedtime for the boys is at 7:00pm, and the Safari opens at 7:30 pm you can see how going to the Night Safari was a super special occasion for us – the kids don’t usually stay up so late, nor do they venture out much at night. This was their first visit to the Night Safari and we felt they were the right age to truly experience the Safari and make it a memorable family outing.
The Night Safari is a great experience and something that is not to be missed, but make sure to plan accordingly and you will have an awesome time. Here are some helpful tips that will ensure that you are well prepared with your kids.
Useful Night Safari Info:
Address & Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826. The Night Safari is a 2 minute walk from the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, and all three parks are located approximately 30mins from Orchard Road (depending on traffic).
Hours of Operation : The Night Safari is open from 7:30pm to 12 midnight. The gift shop and eating venues open at 5:30pm. Visitors will be allowed to enter the Safari starting at 7:15pm.
Ticket Prices : Adult: SG$45, Child (ages 3-12): SG$30, Senior Citizens: SG$18. There are lots of promotions and bundle deals available online and through tour operators. If you plan in advance and you should be able to get a good deal. Click here to buy the tickets online from the Singapore Night Safari website (currently 25% off).
20+ Helpful Tips For Visiting the Night Safari with Kids
Tip #1 – go on a weekday.
If you live in Singapore or are in town for awhile, go to the Night Safari on a weekday! Otherwise, get ready for a super packed venue and slightly longer wait times.
Tip #2 – Visit the Zoo, River Safari & Night Safari in 1 Day
If you are from out of town or just a super eager local resident, it is definitely possible to visit the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari all on the same day if you have slightly older kids (ages 5+).
My recommendation would be I to start with the Zoo before lunch (preferably at 10am when it opens). See all the animals, splash in the waterpark at the Kidzworld and eat lunch at the Zoo. Then around 3:00pm head over to the River Safari. The River Safari is not that big and not that crowded. You should easily be able to see everything in 2-3 hours (including the free Boat Cruise and Amazon Boat Ride). When you are done with the River Safari, walk over to the Night Safari. Relax for a bit, eat dinner outside the Safari and go in at 7:15. It will be a long day, but your kids will definitely have a great time.
Bonus Tip : If you do plan on being out all day, don’t forget to bring your phone charger! You can find an outlet and power up in between attractions or while you eat. You don’t want to want to miss out on those quality photo opps.
Tip #3 – Arrive Early
The food establishments and shops at the Night Safari open at 5:30pm. It will take you some time to get your tickets and get yourself situated with your surroundings. Get there early to ensure that you are able to look around and take some pictures before the crowds start arriving.
Tip #4 – Park at the Zoo Parking Lot next to the exit
If you are driving, park in the Zoo outdoor parking lot near the car exit gantry. The entrance to the Night Safari is across the street from the Zoo carpark. Make sure you have enough money in your cash card to exit. The maximum parking amount is SG$8 for the day (three hours or more).
Tip #5 – Eat Dinner at the Night Safari
Get to the Safari early and eat outside at one of the restaurants. The Night Safari offers a variety of cuisines (Asian, Indian, Western, Korean and a few more). The selection of food at the Night Safari is much better than the food at the Zoo, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park. Most of the food is freshly prepared or buffet style, but be forewarned, the prices are at least double of what you would find in the city (and more expensive than the zoo). For picky eaters, I recommend packing some food from home (like we did for my 5 year old) and buying food for other members of your family.
Bonus Tip: There are also some Night Safari food vendors who serve alcohol. After a day site-seeing with your kids, you might need a drink. LOL
Bonus Tip : If you eat dinner at Bongo Burgers, get a seat outdoors right next to the stage. This will ensure that you have an unobstructed view for the Thumbuakar Performance (the fire show).
Tip #6 – Line up at the Entrance Before 7pm
People start lining up around 6:45pm or earlier. Unless you are a Season Pass holder (member), get in the line closest to the stage. This way you can watch the Thumbuakar show and stand in line at the same time.
Tip #6 – Go on the Tram Ride First
You want to make sure your kids get the Safari experience before they get too tired. Although the first “Creatures of the Night” show starts at 7:30pm, you want to first get on the tram because that is the main attraction. You will have plenty of time to make it to the next show or walk around at night.
Super Note: Since we got on the 2nd tram at approximately 7:25pm, we actually got a bit of daylight/twilight before it became pitch black and were able to take some pictures.
Tip #7 – Take Pictures before it gets Dark!
The entire Night Safari is a NO FLASH zone. So unless you have night vision or some other advanced lens on your camera, you will end up not having any pictures to share of your exciting night adventure.
Bonus Tip : It is very dark on the tram ride. Only the animals are dimly lit – there are no other lights.
Tip #8 – Use the Free Wifi
The Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari all have free wifi! So even if you are from out of town and on airplane mode, you can easily stay in touch with your family and/or post your selfies online.
Tip #9 – Bring Mosquito Repellent
Singapore is a tropical environment. Mosquitoes love the outdoors and the dark. So come prepared.
Tip #10 – Bring an Umbrella & Rain Ponchos
Check the weather before you go to the Night Safari. If it is raining, I would recommend choosing a different day (if possible) to visit, as it may be difficult to see the animals because they will be hiding (especially if it is thundering). Also, the Creatures of the Night show may be cancelled if the weather is too bad.
If you do think it will be a rainy night, make sure to pack an umbrella and some ponchos if you can. The Singapore Zoo does sell ponchos, so I am sure the Night Safari will as well if it is raining. The tram is covered and most of the eating establishments are covered, however the Safari entrance line is not covered and neither are the Safari walking trails.
Tip #11 – Wear Comfortable Shoes
In addition to the tram ride and the shows, you are also able to walk around the Night Safari. There are a variety of trails that are lit up with safari staff guiding the way. Make sure you and your kids wear comfortable shoes to walk around in, especially if you plan to do a little late night exploring.
Tip #12 – Get an AISLE seat for the “Creatures of the Night Show”
The Creatures of the Night Show, is entertaining and good for all ages, babies, toddlers, kids and adults. Get a seat in the aisle if possible, some of the animals enter from the top of the stairs. The show is a good way to chill out and really see the animals up close (in case some animals are sleeping while you were in the tram).
Tip #13 – Stroller Parking is Available
Stroller parking is available at the Night Safari. Strollers can go on the tram ride, but there is limited space and you will need to wait if others are also with strollers. Babies and toddlers are not allowed to sit in the stroller during the tram ride. Your baby or toddler will need to be sitting on the seat or your lap, so make sure your child can easily be moved if they are already sleeping in the stroller. There is stroller parking outside of the Creatures of the Night Show – strollers are not allowed inside.
Bonus Tip : If you are planning on bringing your baby, please be advised that it is very quiet on the tram ride (the tram is full, but most people are silent). A crying baby will definitely disturb the other passengers who are there to experience the Safari and hear the tour guide describe the animals. Just try to plan sleeping/feeding times accordingly so your baby/toddler is not in tears. FYI, even we repeatedly kept telling our two boys to speak in an inside voice or whisper on the tram.
Tip #14 – Bring Snacks & Water
Drink vending machines are available, but limited inside the Safari. Once you enter the Night Safari there is only one restaurant, the Zebra Cafe, which is located at the first tram stop. We did not get off the tram so I don’t know what it looks like, but I do recommend bringing (or buying before you enter) some snacks & water if you think your kids will get hungry while walking around or at the show.
Bonus Tip: All the restaurants and gift shop do stay open late, but they are located just outside the entrance/exit turnstile and not accessible from inside. You can get a hand stamp to re-enter if you need to exit.
Tip #15 – Bring Glow in the Dark Items
The Night Safari is DARK! Since this was a special for the kids to stay up so late we decided to go all out and make it a super fun outing with some glow in the dark items. Also, your kids will be easy to spot.
Bonus Tip : We went to Daiso and picked up some glow in the dark sticks for $2. My boys were all lit up in their necklaces – which made them easy to see in a crowd.
Tip #16 – Bring Flashlights & Toys that Light Up
I am sure your kids, like mine, have tons of light up toys. What better place to put them to use them than the Night Safari where it is very dark. If you are from out of town, you can purchase some cheap light up toys wands from the gift shop. Needless to say other kids without light up toys were looking enviously at my boys. We were able to keep track of each other in the dark and light our path at the same time.
Tip #17 – Keep An Eye on Your Belongings
Now if you are from another country, you probably already do this, but for those of us that are in Singapore we are used to a very low crime rate. Just be forewarned it is dark and crowded especially after the show. Keep an eye on your kids and your stuff.
Tip #18 – Know the Bus Timings & Line Up Early
If you are taking the bus, make sure you know the bus time schedule and get in line early! The bus does get full and the last thing you want is to stand in line with very tired kids and miss the bus.
Tip #19 – Download the Singapore Taxi Apps
If you are planning on taking a taxi back to town, make sure you download the taxi apps. There should be a line of taxis at the taxi stand waiting for passengers, but this is variable based on the amount of Night Safari visitors and the weather. If it is raining or even a peak holiday, it might be very hard to get a taxi, just be prepared. Make sure you have the Grab Taxi, Uber and City Cab apps on your phone in case you need to call for one.
Tip #20 – Make sure to have FUN!
Seeing the Night Safari through your kids eyes is definitely different than seeing it as an adult. This might be a once in a lifetime experience for many of you, so make sure you plan appropriately and have a great time with your kids.
If you have any questions or any of your own tips to add, feel free to leave a comment below. Hope you and your kids have a super fabulous Singapore Night Safari experience!!
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About singapore night safari.
The Singapore Night Safari is the perfect combination of nature, wildlife, adventure and thrill for anyone who wants to watch a variety of exotic animals roaming around actively in the night. Nestled in the Mandai Wildlife Reserve, the Night Safari, Singapore is the first nocturnal safari in the world with over 900 animals and 100 different species, also the most popular one among visitors. Embark on this exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime adventure and observe the fascinating animals in their natural habitat and get to know about their local tales told by expert guides. You can watch animals such as ottoman, civets and binturongs display their natural talents in night shows as well.
Night Safari in Singapore is a stem-winding experience in the middle of a magnificent forest along the River Wonders, the perfect place to unpack in order to escape from the exhausting city life. Either you are here for adventure or just to savor the beauty of nature, you can choose from among the variety of options and packages that the Safari trip has to offer. One can even relish in a unique dining experience in the wild and go for a wholesome evening walk in the Park to explore the nearby areas, amidst the nature.
Book Singapore Zoo Night Safari Tickets Online
While one may think of getting the Singapore Zoo Night Safari tickets of the at the counter when they arrive at the place, it is always a better option to book the tickets online whenever you can. This not only helps in avoiding the long queue lines at the counter but also reduces the risk of not getting the tickets due to heavy crowds. Booking tickets online also comes with a ton of benefits such as combo offers which might not be available if you buy tickets in person along with the convenience of booking tickets from the comfort of your own home. By pre booking your tickets, you will be able to arrive at the Safari worry free and be able to witness the 100 different amazing species of nocturnal animals at the Park.
The tour charges are inclusive of the Night Safari Singapore admission fee and you do not need to pay any additional fees to view the animal shows. You can even choose from the various packages and night safari promotion offers while booking with us. You can get upto 45% off the night safari ticket price with a Tram ride and amazing discounts on combo tickets while booking through us.
Explore six distinct geographical zones, including the Himalayan hills and Southeast Asian jungles during your night safari at the park
Experience the mesmerizing creatures during the night show watching animals like the majestic lions, agile fishing cats & massive pythons showcase their extraordinary skills
Book the Singapore Night Safari tickets and see around 900 animals during your safari showcasing their wild behavior in a serene setting inside the park
Take a stroll while meeting smaller animals, then board a tram for having a closer view of elephants, giraffes & hippos
- Please adhere to the timings.
- Please carry valid ID with you at all times.
- Please do not wear strong scented perfume as animals are sensitive to odor.
- All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
- Visitors are not allowed to feed the animals without permission from the staff.
- Free WiFi is available at the entrance.
- Wheelchair and child strollers are rentable at activity location.
- Tram rides and Creatures of the Night Shows remain open with the same operating hours, with guests seated at social distancing measure.
Activities at Singapore Night Safari
There is no better way to catch a glimpse of the animals after dark than by indulging in the activities at the park. Included in the night safari booking, these multi-sensory activities will help you get to know more about the wildlife living in the present.
Gaze at the magical Creatures of the night show which showcases the breathtaking talents of the otters, civets, binturongs and many other animals. In addition, you can learn about the spotted Hyena’s powerful jaw while at the same time be amazed by the African serval’s ability to leap for prey, all with your night safari tickets.
To enjoy the night safari to the fullest, hop on an open-sided Tram Car, which is equipped with English audio documentaries based on the animals and their lifestyles or take a stroll through the park on foot. On this Wildlife Safari Tour you will even be able to come face to face with the Asian Elephants and the Indian Rhinos and feed them yourself.
Enhance your knowledge about wildlife and animals by listening to the Keeper’s Talk, the people who know the place the best. They regularly feed the animals and take care of them, in short they are the ones closest in contact with the animals. Through their talk, you will be able to catch insider stories on the animals and be amused by their tales.
Top Zones at Singapore Night Safari
A captivating and curious path, the East Lodge Trail is the culmination of the African and the Asian continent, thus presenting the animals of the tropics and the Savannah. There is a great diversity of animals throughout this trail.It carries along the majestic as well as fantastic animals like the Bongo, Sloth Bear, Babirusa and Malayan Tiger which makes it a sight to see. All of these animals live side by side, in harmony with each other.
To feel and see a truly thrilling hunting experience, embark on the Fishing Cat Trail and observe the skilled Fishing Cat catching its prey. With your Singapore Night Safari tickets, you can spot and learn about the wild activities of these clever animals. Explore the exotic animals found to be here like the Fishing Cat, Pangolin, Common Palm Civet and the Southern Three-Banded Armadillo. These predators in their natural habitat display a pulsating show for the spectators to see.
Take a night trek through the Leopard Trail and view the magnificent skill of climbing portrayed by the Clouded Leopard as well as glide through the skies by observing the Flying Foxes and Flying Squirrels which may pass from just above your head. It is a fascinating sight to see these ferocious animals, going just about their usual business in their habitats. Leopard Trial is famous for its power packed animals like the Majestic Gir Lions, Eagle Owl, Clouded Leopard and the Hog Badger.
Difference Between Singapore Night Safari & Singapore Zoo
While one may think that the Singapore Night Safari and Singapore Zoo are the same location, they are found at different locations. The entrance of both Park’s is next to each other.
With the night safari tickets, you can view a variety of nocturnal animals which rest under the sunshine and only come out at night. At the night safari, most of the exploration happens with the help of a Tram ride, although one can also go by foot. The nighttime activities such as the Wildlife Tours and Creatures of the Night Show included in the night safari promotion can be covered by you here. Some wild animals that can be found here include the Sloth Bear, Spotted Hyena, Bushbaby and the Pangolin.
The Singapore Zoo is a daytime attraction, housing over 2,800 wild creatures in a tropical rainforest park. It offers daytime activities such as the Splash Safari Shows, Water themed games for the kids and the jungle safari, but only during the day. The zoo covers a significantly larger portion than the night safari trails hence, you may need more hours to cover the zoo than the night safari. The tourists can explore the park at their own pace, without much guidance from experts. The zoo carries some eye-catching exotic animals for the visitors to see such as the White Rhino, Two-toed sloth, White Faced Saki Monkey and the Electric Blue Gecko.
Know Before You Book Singapore Night Safari Tickets
Opening Hours - From 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM, open everyday of the year
How to Reach -- Public Transport : Take the train to the Khatib NS14 Station and then travel via a connecting bus- Mandai Khatib Shuttle to the Night Safari.- Self-driven or by Taxi : A 30-minutes drive from the city center, choose from the Central Expressway (CTE) or Pan Island Expressway (PIE) route to the night safari can be done by the visitors.
Park Rules - - Recreational transportation like skates are not allowed inside the park.- No flash Photography inside the park, it can hurt animals.- No pets or plants are allowed inside the park for safety reasons.
Best Time to Visit - The best time to visit the night safari is during its opening hours around 7:30 PM. During the early hours, the place is usually less crowded and hence, you can get a glimpse of all animals with ease. Also, you can plan your whole night from the night shows to dining without any rush.
Services Offered -- Nursing Room is also available at the venue for parents with toddlers.- Mobility Access in terms of strollers are also provided at the venue. - First Aid Kit is also provided to make sure you get proper aid when in need .
- Prayer Room facility is also provided inside the park for visitors' convenience.
Accessibility - - For guests with limited mobility, the park has accessibility services. You can get a wheelchair at the entrance of the park with your night safari tickets by contacting the staff at the reception. - For children and toddlers, one can get access to a wagon or stroller as well as electric scooters by contacting the reception at a little extra cost.
Important Guidelines About Visiting Singapore Night Safari
Explore Safely : It is important to stay at only those areas where humans roam. Do not walk into prohibited areas or spaces meant for the animals as they are highly dangerous.
Ride Safely: While riding through the Tram Car, be seated comfortably at all times and stay within the car only without taking out your feet and arms from the car for a smooth ride.
Respect our Animals : The Park is the animal’s home, hence always show respect towards them. Do not feed them anything or tease them in any kind of way.
Commercial Footage : Do not use filmed footages/videos or photos commercially unless authorized or consented by the officials from the Night Safari. It is strictly prohibited.
Smoke Free Park : One shall not smoke inside the Park as it is a non-smoking zone. Designated areas are located outside the park for people who wish to smoke.
Image Rights : A person may be filmed or photographed while visiting the park by the authorities of the Night Safari. Your night safari singapore admission to the park serves as the consent to the use of these images.
Singapore Night Safari Tickets FAQ's
What is so special about singapore night safari.
The Singapore Night Safari is the first nocturnal wild safari show in the world, and the most popular one among people. Meet over 2,500 nocturnal creatures with your night safari booking and satisfy your curiosity by taking a ride in the Tram to know all about these wild species. The four different walking trails, creating a special habitat for all animals be it from the Africa-Asia region or hunting species, makes the park unique and attractive.
How long does it take to finish Singapore Night Safari?
It takes approximately 3-4 hours to finish the Singapore Night Safari along with the entertainment shows and tram rides that are included in the night safari promotion offers. The tram ride takes about 1 hour and the other activities constitute the rest of the time.
What is included in the Singapore Night Safari Ticket?
The night safari ticket price covers a wide variety of costs such as the round-trip Tram car ride. Plus, you do not need to pay any additional fees to view the animal shows as it is included in the night safari admission fee.
How does Singapore River Wonders provide holistic development?
Through every effort, the Wildlife Safari Singapore helps in contribution towards sustainability and protection of the wild animals. The night safari Singapore breeds threatened animals like the Malayan Tapir, Malayan Tigers, Asian Elephants and many more to protect them from extinction. With the night safari tickets, one also gets access to a powerhouse of knowledge about these animals. Thus, the Wildlife Reserve helps in promoting education of these animals as well.
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Cast of South Korean variety series Running Man seen filming in Singapore
SINGAPORE – Imagine eating satay at Lau Pa Sat and suddenly becoming an extra in Running Man (2010 to present), the popular South Korean variety series.
That happened to diners on Saturday evening when the cast members – Yoo Jae-seok, Ha Ha, Ji Seok-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-hyo and Yang Se-chan – filmed scenes at the Raffles Quay hawker centre.
Many followers of the television series spotted the members and cheered them on at the open-air Satay Street.
At one point, Kim and Ji took wefies with fans. The cast also waved goodbye and bowed to the crowd after filming.
Lau Pa Sat was one of several local attractions that they visited over the weekend.
According to videos shared on RunningMan_Stan, an Instagram account created by the show’s Indonesian fans, the cast also went to Mandai Bird Paradise, Night Safari and Kampong Glam.
Notably missing in action was South Korean actress Jeon So-min, who left the show on Oct 30 after six years.
The cast of Running Man held fan meets here in 2013 and 2014, but this is the first time the show has filmed in Singapore.
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