Sometime back in December 2017, the Husband and I took some time to visit the four parks in Singapore. Namely, the Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
It has been a while since we last went to see the animals; with our last trip in July 2015 when we visited the Night Safari. One day, I saw an advertisement on a taxi and casually mentioned to him that we should go and see the animals. While it might have been my idea, he was surprisingly game for it. We ended up getting the passes to visit the four parks: Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park within a week.
We got our tickets for the ‘ParkHopper Plus’ through the website. For SGD88/adult, it includes the admission for all 4-park, plus all tram rides and boat rides. (For children, the ticket also include the Wild Animal Carousel ride at Singapore Zoo.) It’s honestly much cheaper as compared to getting the individual tickets, which cost between SGD30 – SGD47 (per adult). However, the downside for this ‘ParkHopper Plus’ ticket is that all four visits must be within seven days. When purchasing the tickets online, the system will prompt for your visit date and Night Safari visit date and time.
Among the four parks, we decided to visit Night Safari first and selected our visit time at 20:15. The entry time for the Night Safari starts from 19:15, with last entry at 22:15.
It was a Monday night when we visited the Night Safari.
Night Safra is one daily from 19:15 – 00:00. Retail shops open from 17:00 and restaurants open from 17:30. Ideally, visitors can visit the Singapore Zoo and/or the River Safari in the morning/afternoon and go to the Night Safari at night. I don’t know why we didn’t think of doing that when we bought the tickets.
Made a quick stop at the retail store before entering the park.
Is it just me who thinks that the merchandises are a lot cheaper than before? There are items as low as SGD2 which is a surprise to me because I always thought souvenirs are expensive when you visit attraction like this.
Since we already have the e-tickets on my phone, we didn’t have to queue to purchase/collect our tickets. All we have to do is simply scan the barcode in the email we received to gain entry to the park. The same email must be shown to the staff when taking the tram rides.
Went to take a brochure from the staff to check out the timing for the shows.
There are two shows available at the Night Safari. Creatures of the Night Show at the amphitheatre and Thumbuakar Performance at the entrance courtyard.
Creatures of the Night Show (at Amphitheatre)
Daily: 19:30, 20:30. 21:30 and 22:30*
*Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holiday
Thumbuakar Performance (at Entrance Courtyard)
Daily except on Wednesday: 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00*
*Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holiday
Upon entering the park, we saw a queue on the side for the Creatures of the Night Show. Since the show was starting in 15 minutes, we decided to join the line.
The show was approximately 25 minutes long and overall quite entertaining. However, it was either the same or similar to the one we caught years ago, as such, there wasn’t much of a surprise factor.
After catching the Creatures of the Night Show, we decided to go for the tram ride, since the station was just nearby. The tram ride is what I look forward to the most whenever I come to the Night Safari! It was pretty cool to journey through the dark and catching sight of the animals. The open-sided tram will bring visitor on a 40-minute journey through 6 of the world’s geographical regions, from the Indian Subcontinent to the Asian Riverine Forest and more.
That’s the only picture I got because it was tough to take photographs in low light setting while on a moving vehicle. *Flash photography is strictly prohibited.
Picked Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant at the entrance plaza to have our dinner.
The briyani I had was SGD20? The Husband had Korean food, and it was also around that price. As such, a meal in Night Safari will easily cost SGD50?
After dinner, it was time to go on the walking trails! There are a total of four walking trails in the park. Fishing Cat Trail, Leopard Trail, East Lodge Trail and Wallaby Trail. Each one takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Comparing the walking trail to the tram ride, the latter is no doubt a much safer and more comfortable way to explore the park. Unfortunately, some of the animal exhibits cannot be seen from the tram and can only be experienced up-close via the walking trails. (Likewise, some of the animals can only be seen on the tram and not on the walking trail.) As such, going on the walking trail is a must if you want to experience the Night Safari fully.
We started with the Wallaby Trail, before making our way to the East Lodge Trail, Leopard Trail and Fishing Cat Trail. The Husband is not a fan of the walking trails. He said he would willingly walk the entire zoo with me, but not the Night Safari. Having said that, he still ended up accompanying me, and we managed to complete all four walking trails!
I must admit it can be scary walking in the dark, not knowing if anything is going to jump at us. Especially for people like us who is terribly afraid of… insects. I bet I would scream if a beetle falls on my arm.
By the time we reached the Sloth Bear, we were near the far top end of the Night Safari and the end of the East Lodge Trail.
Lion and Tiger Token Feeding Sessions in the Night Safari.
Available only on Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays at 20:00 and 21:00 at the Lion Lookout (along Leopard Trail) and 20:30 and 21:30 at the Malayan Tiger exhibit (along East Lodge Trail)
Arrived back at the entrance courtyard!
Went into another gift shop. This one is near the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant.
And that’s the end of our visit to the Night Safari! It seems like there aren’t many changes to the park since our last visit? There was this ‘Twilight Encounters’ thing we saw throughout the park but to be honest, I don’t know what it means and the purpose of it.
After Night Safari, our next visit was to the Singapore Zoo!