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!
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
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?
Check the official website of Singapore Night Safari for all the detailed information.
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.
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:
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Sunday 1st of September 2019
[…] The main event is the 45 minute tram tour through the Night Safari habitats with commentary. It is really different to see many of these animals at night. After the tram tour, you can also explore some of the walking trails, although my kid was much too tired for that. Night Safari is a must for animal-loving families and a very unique wildlife experience. Read this post to learn more about the Singapore Night Safari. […]
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Saturday 30th of June 2018
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.
Thursday 19th of March 2015
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.
Tuesday 14th of October 2014
"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...