The Singapore Night Safari occupies a 90-acre stretch of rainforest on the north shore of Upper Seletar Reservoir and the area is home to 2,500 creatures which represent 135 species. It was the first night safari in the world when it opened in 1994. With annual visitor numbers in excess of one million, it is still as popular as the day it opened.
The safari comes to life at sunset and provides visitors with a choice of experiences. A 40-minute tram expedition gives exciting insights into the lives of denizens of locations such as the Asian Riverine Forestor at the foothills of the Himalaya mountain. There are seven authentically recreated zones tourists can explore.
The Himalaya Zone features the likes of bharal and oversized markhor goats. The Indian Subcontinent is next and stars striped hyenas, gir lions, and sloth bears. Equatorial Africa boasts spotted hyenas and zebras among its highlights. Red river hogs, Burmese black bears, banteng, and gaurs are among other sightings on the tram odysseys.
The four pedestrian trails are the Fishing Cat, Leopard, East Lodge, and Wallaby. Glimpses of endangered Malayan tigers ensure nobody bypasses the East Lodge Trail. The Wallaby provides a peerless walk through section while watching fishing cats patiently stalking their prey before pouncing is an unusual scene.
In the Wallaby section, Naracoorte Cave is not for the squeamish as venomous night crawlers and scorpions are among its occupants. The Creatures of the Night Show is a 20-minute demonstration of the hunting skills of nocturnal animals. Another activity that’s a must for Night Safari explorers is the Fire Show.
Thumbuakar soldiers enact perfectly choreographed fire dances and fire eating. Various stunts are part of the performers’ routines and braver audience members are always invited to join. The amphitheatre is the venue for both the Creatures of the Night and Fire Shows. Bongo Burgers is beside the amphitheatre and diners get the best seats in the house while enjoying a succulent burger.
Other dining options at the Night Safari are the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant, Safari Sizzles, Casa Italia ice cream parlour, and Zebra Café. Ulu Ulu serves tantalising dishes such as Tandoori Chicken and Spiced Crab. Zebra Café and Chang Chawang Bar offer soft drinks and are licensed for the sale of alcohol.
The shops and eateries at the Night Safari open at 17:30. The safaris proper are available between 19:15 and 24:00. Last admission is at 23:15. Visitors can go on a tour or take buses from Woodlands, Choa Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio, and Marsiling MRT stations to go to Mandai Lake Road and the Night Safari. Pre booked tickets are advisable.