As the night beckons the sleepy eyes, the excitement starts at the Singapore zoo. It’s time for the Singapore Night Safari. The thrill of watching the exotic nocturnal animals up, close and personal is beyond description.
Opened first time for the public back in 1994, the Night safari in Singapore is one of the best attractions of the city. It is also the world’s first nocturnal animal’s safari park. More of a wildlife park experience than just a night safari, the Singapore zoo at night is loved by the tourists for its 2500 nocturnal residents calmly staying in the natural inhabitant. At first you might take time to adjust your eyesight with the darkness of the night, but as soon as they get accustomed, you’ll enter a world of animals across 130 different species.
Here’s everything you want to know about the Singapore zoo night safari.
The Night Safari in Singapore is open as soon as the dusk falls and starts with its wildlife tour of the 35 hectares of the dense rainforest area. Go on a forty-minute expedition to the six varied geographical zones of the Himalayan foothills, Indian subcontinent, Equatorial Africa, Asian Riverine forest, Nepalese river valley, Burmese hillside, on a comfortable tram and enjoy the best of nocturnal wildlife experience of a lifetime.
The Tram safari experience across the zoo is supported by a knowledgeable guide that sails you through your journey in an insightful way. From the changing landscapes to the vegetation, the sounds of the rushing water and the humming insects, the tram allows you to experience the moving escapade from the dense rain-forest of the wildlife habitats.
Things to See and Do
Enjoy the Creature of the Night Show
A live show aimed at introducing you to the superstar nocturnal animals that specially oblige us with their few acrobatics. The trained instructor will be there to guide the animals and help us understand their cute acts. This highly interactive show of 20 minutes brings you the best natural talents of civet, otter, binturong, Hyena, and more.
The Thumbuakar Performance
An act of breathtaking stunts and cultural dance done while showing the fire stunts, the Thumbuakar fire show is sure to keep you at the edge of your seats. The crowd pleasing pyro warriors light up your night with their amazing ability to play with fire and heat. Want to kick the adventure experience up a notch? Volunteer yourself to be a part of the experience and get on stage with them.
Spend a special evening at the Singapore zoo through many of their special experience packages. An evening in the world is a package where you are taken to the expanse of the jungle on a tram introducing you to the nocturnal life of the animals, and then travelling through the dense forests, you reach a special campsite through the lake. Submit to the beauty of the night with Singapore’s first tipi tent and enjoy a three course gourmet dinner with sumptuous dessert and a free flow of exotic wines in the wild.
Indulge yourself in a movable safari adventure feat with a 5 meal course gourmet dinner while you enjoy the exceptional experience of witnessing the nocturnal world of wild animals, all on a moving tram. This one of a kind experience has bagged the Singapore zoo the prestigious Gold award at the 2001 IFEA Pinnacle Awards for Best New Event. If you don’t feel like going for a dinner, enjoy the cocktail experience package.
Still feel you aren’t close enough to the animals? Try the exclusive Safari Adventure tour. The tour takes you on a private tram- cum- walking trail of the jungle and allow your personal encounters with the friendly animals in the wild. While you enjoy this adventure, your expert tour guide will amaze you with insider tales and never known information about your favorite creatures. The package also comes with a VIP seat reserved at the Creatures of the night show.
The Entrance Plaza at the Singapore zoo is full of delicious options to satiate your hunger. Whether it is the traditional feast of the Ulu Ulu restaurant you choose or the generous Burger portions at the Bongo Burgers, the Italian gourmet dishes at the Casa Italia or the indulging Chang Chwang bar; pick up any diner and rest assured your tummy will be singing.
The best way to end your Singapore zoo night safari is to shop for a souvenir of your incredible experience from the famous gift shop located at the Night safari entrance. From amazing eye- catching mementos, glow in the dark t shirts, collector’s toys collection, beautiful animal crafts and more, get a beautiful souvenir to lock your treasured memories in it forever.
Quick facts of the Night safari at Singapore zoo
- Out of the 2500 animals across 130 species, almost 37% of them are endangered species.
- The night zoo is also home to various babies born to these natural inhabitants including Malayan tigers, fishing cats, Asian elephants’ Asian lions, and clouded leopards.
- The Night Safari lightning is designed to simulate the jungle at full moon.
The idea of the night safari was born back in the 1980s due to the fact that most of the tropical animals were night dwellers. The planning stage lasted 4 years and creation took 3 years and an investment of $63 million before finally opening on May 26, 1994.