Night Safari in Singapore

Don’t roll your eyes just yet, this is not just any ZOO. This is a safari, where the animals run (almost) free. Plus, it’s at night!

Singapore is a great place to visit for a few days. There’s a lot to see in this tiny country but it’s not just the sights that make travelling there so special. The night safari experience is one that you shouldn’t miss if you have a couple days there.

Tell me of any other place where you could go see a safari at night![clear h=10]

Opened in 1994, Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. Today, the award-winning park welcomes more than 1.1 million visitors a year. They come from all over the world to enjoy the unique experience of seeing over 2,500 animals in their naturalistic nighttime habitats.

– Singapore Night Safari

So in many aspects, what Singapore does with the animals is pretty unique! The Zoo claims to be the first safari park for nocturnal animals. These animals are most active during the night, so don’t expect a sleepy experience!

I’d love to show you my own photos but it’s really dark in there and my poor camera didn’t capture a thing. Still it was a memorable experience, though! Professional cameras and photographers will have no problem taking awesome photos, and a tripod can do wonders.

The photos in this post are therefore all borrowed :) Plus, if you’d like to check out how the Zoo looks during the day, here’s a great post from fellow bloggers: Getting wild at Singapore Zoo and River Safari (by Nerd Nomads)

How to go about arranging your night safari experience

Buy tickets online with 10% discount or just get them at the counter. The Zoo is open every day from 7:30 pm till midnight. The admission for an adult costs 39 SGD.

You can get to the safari park by public transportation, by a taxi, or even by a shuttle – exact details are here: Night Safari – Getting Here

What’s there to do at the Singapore Zoo during the night

Singapore Night Safari
Indian zone at Singapore Night Safari
(Image credit: nightsafari.com.sg)

You hop on a little tram (yep, no train but tram!) that will take you through seven individual areas of the Zoo that are divided by geography of the animals. You’ll have a guide with you that will help you spot the animals and share some valuable knowledge. The tram will also stop quite often and you’ll be approached by animals that are already used to the trams circling around and are therefore not as shy. The whole ride takes about 40 minutes and I strongly suggest not leaving it out!

There are many walking trails too, so you get to experience more animals than would be possible only from the tram. Specifically, squirrels and flying foxes are quite fun as they jump around and above you :) You’ll also be able to see leopards, but there will be safety glass in between you and the large cats.

In addition to all this, the Zoo has performances scheduled for visitors who are hungry to see more than animals. They do various shows with fire and you can even go watch tribal dances.

Visitors who are literally hungry can have a full diner or a late night snack in the Safari Restaurant. It’s a bit pricey but better than to ride around with a rumbling stomach, right?[clear h=15]

Check the official website of Singapore Night Safari for all the detailed information.[clear h=15]

The Night Safari is one of the best activities to do in Singapore with kids, but not only. Adults without children will be entertained enough too.

Plan for a few days in Singapore and don’t miss this remarkable Night Safari. After spotting the famous big five (no boyband – just a lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), you’ll feel like a full-on adventure traveler in the steppes of Africa.[clear h=15]

Do you like safaris? Have you been to the Night Safari in Singapore? Let me know what your experience was!

And here’s something for you to pin for later:

 Don't leave Singapore without checking out the night safari!

19 thoughts on “Night Safari in Singapore”

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  2. Great article Veronika! So informative! Thank you so much for linking to our article!

    We have been to both the Night Safari and visited the Singapore Zoo and River Safari during the day. We loved it both! Some of the animals are more active during the night, but it can be hard to spot them in the dark, not to mention taking photos of them! :)

  3. This is getting me excited for my very own safari in Zambia, Botswana and Namibia starting next week. I will be weary of taking the night safari as I doubt the wild animals will be very well coming at night but this certainly looks like something cool to do while in Singapore for sure.

  4. Very interesting article! I have never been on a safari, but this has definitely peaked my interest, especially because of the variety of activities available. :)

  5. Even after the 3 times I went to Singapore with this on my bucket list, I STILL haven’t gone! Oh well! :) I just have 1 more reason to head back to Asia. Oh DARN! :)

  6. That’s very cool that they offer a night safari option – I had no idea this type of activity was possible in Singapore. At a lodge in Kenya this summer they took us out to find some hippos at night. It was such a thrill to see them pop out of the darkness…and a bit terrifying!

  7. I love the night safari in Singapore although it has been a long time since I was last there. Thanks for introducing one of my home country’s amazing attractions to your readers! :-)

  8. What a fun thing to do! And a unique slant on something that lets be honest, we’ve all done a million times before. We’ve done night safaris in South Africa and been terrified by the smallest mini-beastie, the dark does makes even the mundane thrilling doesn’t it!

  9. So happy you enjoyed our Zoo. It truly is one of the best I’ve ever experienced. I recommend it to everyone who visits Singapore. It was one of the first things we did when we moved here!

  10. Love the Night Safari! The little car that takes you around is cool but it’s better to walk around yourself – it’s so quiet sometimes! All the zoos are worth checking out in Singapore, and there’s so much else to do as well (I lived there for 2 years).

  11. “Tell me of any other place where you could go see a safari at night!”

    Actually, night safaris (and proper ones, not zoos) are not all that uncommon. I am just back from South Africa where we did a couple of night drives on the Shamwari Game Reserve.

    I know they’re popular in places like Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia also…

  12. I absolutely loved the Night Safari in Singapore and I still go on about it now to anyone who will listen! I’d recommend getting there early so you can see as much as possible. A storm started whist we were walking around which certainly added to the experience.

  13. I love reading anything on Singapore Zoo for it is my most favorite attraction. I have been twice there in four years and still crave to visit again. Being an animal lover, I enjoy every second of the time spent there. Being at the Zoo truly fills me with great admiration for its management. They have done and are doing a fabulous job by allowing people to peek into the lives of nocturnal animals. Thank you for sharing the article.

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