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Night Safari, Singapore

3.4
#2 of 81 in Outdoors in Singapore
Zoo / Aquarium Garden
Catch a glimpse of exotic animals after dark at Night Safari, the first nocturnal zoo in the world. Look out for Malayan tapirs foraging in the grass, majestic elephants, and prowling tigers. You can take the tour on foot or by tram, which can take you though seven different geographical zones. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, and consider paying for priority boarding to avoid lengthy waiting times. Plan to visit Night Safari during your Singapore vacation using our convenient Singapore family vacation planner.
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  • This was a unique experience getting to see animals during the night time. There's mainly a 40 min tram ride, animal shows and trails to explore. There's many trail walkways to explore (the park close...  more »
  • Great place to go with a family or by yourself. Well run, though very busy. Spent almost an hour queueing to get in for 8:15pm slot, may be worth going late as it quietens down. Very close to lots of ...  more »
  • On the one hand this deserves a higher rating and on the other a lower. In terms of concept and what was available to see it ranks quite high. However, it was way overcrowded for 7:15 entry. By the ti...  more »
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  • Seems to be slightly overrated place. This is a unique concept but they just take you on a tram ride in a zoo it is not like safari. The variety of animals available here is good you can also take a walk on some paths. The creatures of the dark show is okay where they show you the talent of some animals. The expectations of people are high here but don't expect much here. But a nice concept roaming around the zoo in night with lights on animals.
  • Interesting concept, but slightly overrated. Definitely take the tram ride first before you decide if you want to continue walking through the park. Walking in the dark on dimly-lit paths was a cool experience, but I know many others will not share in that sentiment. Overall, the low lighting made it difficult to see many of the nocturnal animals at all. I think this is a great idea in theory, but perhaps not in execution. Don't plan a trip to this after a day at the zoo. There's a 90-minute gap between the closing of the zoo and the opening of the Night Safari where all you have to do is buy souvenirs and eat food from the food court. Despite the long trek to this location from the downtown area, I would still recommend doing this on a separate evening if at all.
  • I used to think the Night Safari was so much cooler, but the hype has died down for me. The main difference is that you get to walk through the zoo at night. The show is pretty lame, and the enjoyment of the tram ride is dependent on timing and your tour guide. The price is pretty steep for essentially a nighttime visit to the zoo. For first timers though, it's certainly worth a visit though.
  • Amazing seeing animals in their environment at night. Soft lighting and food placement allows you to see most of the animals with ease. It opens at 7:15, but queues to enter start forming at about 6:30. We skipped the show and opted to head for the tram first then walk the trails. We could have caught the last show but the 4 year old was quite tired.
  • IMPORTANT: If at all possible, delay watching the 'Creatures of the Night' show until at least 2130 (details below). We had a mixed time at our Night Safari experience. We started off with a surprisingly good rotisserie chicken and veggie lasagna dinner - surprising because it was one of the best meals I've ever had at a large tourist attraction (and it was also reasonably priced). After dinner, and while walking to the entrance (restaurants are located outside the main gate), we were fortunate to meet a zoo keeper holding a 'small' python for the kids to pat - they were enthralled. And then we entered the park! Having young kids, we wanted to do the 1930 show, but the auditorium was already full. Management could encourage restaurant patronage by giving some form of show priority for those eating at the onsite venues, or simply expand the booking system to allow visitors a show time selection. Plan B: Off to the tram tour. And it was huge - the departure interval between trams was way too long with so many people waiting to board. However, once we finally boarded, all of us enjoyed the actual tour and animal sights. Hopping off the tram, we went straight to the line for the 2030 show, and managed to secure a seat. Unfortunately sitting in the side section meant that we couldn't see the enclosure at the rear of the 'stage' completely, and subsequently missed parts of the show. Management, please cut back the trees so that all seats have complete views, or limit numbers. If you can manage to wait until a later show, you'll be able to get much better seats! Lastly, we did a quick walk through the zoo on a couple of trails, and again, this was enjoyable (especially when we bumped into some animals being fed). Would definitely visit again, but only once the kids (currently 3 and 4) are a bit older.

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