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Why Night Safari is special ?
The world's first wildlife park built for visits at night, the Night Safari is not like any ordinary zoo illuminated by the night or a modern version of nocturnal houses found in many zoos around the globe. Nestled in 40 hectares of lush secondary forest, the Night Safari offers guests the unique experience of exploring wildlife in a tropical jungle at night..
What to explore at Night Safari?
You’ll be greeted by over 2,500 resident animals from over 130 species – including many indigenous to the region, such as the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger. The animals live in 35 hectares of dense rainforest. Friendlier creatures such as deer roam freely in the park while fiercer ones like leopards are kept behind barriers.
For those who prefer exploring the park on wheels, a 35-minute tram ride with live commentary takes you across seven geographical zones of the world – from the rugged Himalayan Foothills to the swampy banks of Equatorial Africa. You can also stroll into two giant aviaries where the Malayan flying foxes and giant flying squirrels can glide in the air near you, or trek into the Wallaby Trail to discover this Australian native.
Exploring the park on one of the four walking trails lets you see even more animals not visible from the tram. Among them are the Fishing Cat Trail that recreates a nighttime trek through the jungles of Singapore, and the popular Leopard Trail, which features the largest collection of wildlife indigenous to Southeast Asia.
How to get to Night Safari?
The zoo and night safari is located at the "rural' part of the country.
Two public transport options to choose from :
(a) Take a taxi
(b) Take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio (red line), and then make your way to the bus station at the AMK Hub mall across the road. At the bus station, look for bus number 138 which will take you directly to the night safari.
You will find private bus operators offering rides to the night safari outside of the Ang Mo Kio MRT station. I would suggest you give these guys a miss, unless you are really really pressed for time.
- A different experience.
- An absolute delight
- Night Zoo experience
- Fun place, cool stuff to see
- Wonderful night out
80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826, Singapore
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You cannot use flash photography on the animals, a night vision video camera may come in handy!
NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!
Many mosquitoes...get insect repellent
Kids will love the Night Safari, the first nocturnal zoo in the world. Take a tram inside for the Himalayan Foothills and don't miss the Leopard Trail! Bring a tripod—flash photography isn’t allowed.
Everyone told me this was a must see in Singapore regardless of the price. I've seen many zoos and whatnot but this was unique. Lots of families and children but I easily spent 4 hours walking the trails and being silent with the animalsMy advice. Do the walking trails first then the tram ride. People automatically get in line for the tram first making it very busy when the park opens at 7-730
Experiencing the night zoo is not to be missed. Get there early, though, the queues are long. With a little research, you can take special buses from downtown hotels for a fraction of the cab cost.
Having been told this was a 'Must-do' in Singapore maybe my expectations were a little high. I found this to be little more than a motorised train ride through a dark zoo...although interesting certainly not spectacular and not a 'must-do'
Everyone told me this was a must see in Singapore regardless of the price. I've seen many zoos and whatnot but this was unique. Lots of families and children but I easily spent 4 hours walking the trails and being silent with the animals My advice. Do the walking trails first then the tram ride. People automatically get in line for the tram first making it very busy when the park opens at 7-730 Visited June 2013
I didn't think I would make it to the Night Safari but I'm really happy I made the trek out to the zoo. Although I've traveled to other places in Southeast Asia, I'm a true Southern California girl and I get all crazy when the weather rises above 25 degrees. I thought the price was a little expensive at first, however, I definitely think it's worth the money. After walking around all day, the safari was a nice way to relax and ride around in a tram for a little! It was also very fun/exciting to see the animals so close without any barriers. It's very crowded so I suggest lining up once you purchase your ticket. The show was entertaining and they incorporated the audience so I could tell a lot of children around me had a lot of fun.