The Night Safari Singapore is a world first. A totally nocturnal zoo which only opens its doors as night falls. It is also massively popular. It attracts over a million people every year and on the night we attended we could truly believe those numbers – it was incredible to see so many people turn out for a night-time attraction.
Before the gates opened people gathered for impressive fire-breathing and acrobatic acts and to grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants dotted around the entrance.
The Night Safari is made up of three main elements with the safari ride itself making up the most significant part of the night’s entertainment. Because the queues were so big for the safari we opted to take in the Creatures of the Night Show first instead which was the perfect introduction to the attraction.
The live show introduces you to a host of different animals who only come out at night and the multi-talented presenter who appeared to speak almost every language on the planet was a brilliant host entertaining the guests young and old. My children loved the outdoor setting and the animals which were introduced one by one including an otter, civet and a spotted hyena. There were also cheers for the African Serval showing off its leaping skills.
After the twenty minute show we headed back to the start of the Night Safari ride. We climbed on board the tram and set off for the trip which was to take us through six different themed zones from around the world.
Along the forty-minute expedition we were able to spot Himalayan tahrs – a type of mountain goat, Zebras, giraffes and hippos in the Equatorial Africa zone, Elephants and Malayan Tapirs in the Asian Forest.
The Burmese Hillside area includes the stand out attraction – the Malayan tiger – highly endangered and often poached. It was amazing to see the creatures exploring their night-time habitats – an incredibly unique experience for all of us. As everywhere throughout the Singapore Zoo collection there is a high focus on educating the population on their role in protecting these beautiful creatures.
You can also take a walking safari through many of the zones and see more of the night time creatures which aren’t easy to spot from the safari trams. It’s also possible to book onto a private safari tour where your dedicated guide will take you on a personalised VIP visit.
We were ready for a hearty meal at the end of the safari experience and it was great to be able to select from a number of local cuisines, as well as international offerings too. We loved the food at the veggie curries served up at the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant – all freshly cooked and absolutely delicious. That’s not something you can say about all restaurants at attractions.
We loved our late night trip to the Night Safari which is part of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore. You can find out more about the attraction at their website.
We were guests of the Singapore Night Safari for the purposes of this review, but our views are our own.