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The Night Safari is one of the world’s first nocturnal zoo in Singapore.




The Night Safari is one of the world’s first nocturnal zoo in Singapore.

Overview

• It is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
• The concept of a nocturnal park in Singapore was mooted in the 1980s.
• This was done by the former executive chairman of the Singapore Zoo, Dr Ong Swee Law.
• It was constructed at a cost ofS$63 million.
• The Night Safari was officially opened on 26 May 1994.
• It occupies 40hectares (0.4 km²) of secondary rain forest adjacent to the Singapore Zoo and Upper Seletar Reservoir.
• The Night Safari currently houses a total of 1,040 animals of 120 species.
• 29% of these are threatened species.
• The zoo is managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
• About 1.1 million visitors visit the safari per year.

Quick facts

• Date opened – May 26, 1994
• Location – Singapore
• Land area – 40 hectares
• Number of animals – 1,040
• Number of species – 120
• Major exhibits – 59

Highlights of Night Safari

• The Night Safari is an entire open-air zoo set in a humid tropical forest that is only open at night.
• It is divided into eight geographical zones.
• They can be explored either on foot via three walking trails, or by tram.
• The animals of the Night Safari, range from Indian rhinoceros to tarsiers.
• They are made visible by lighting that resembles moonlight.
• It is brighter than full moonlight by a few orders of magnitude.
• It is dim enough not to disturb nocturnal and crepuscular animals behavior.
• London based lighting designer Simon Corder created the lighting for Night Safari.
• Exhibits in the safari come from South America and other parts of Asia.
• The naturalistic enclosures simulate the animals’ native habitat.
• Animals are separated from visitors with natural barriers.
• They are not caged, similar to the Singapore Zoo’s open concept.
• Instead of vertical prison-like cages, cattle grids were laid all over the park.
• This was done to prevent hoofed animals from moving one habitat to another.
• These are grille-like metal sheets with gaps wide enough for animals’ legs to go through.
• Moats were designed to look like streams and rivers.
• This will enable fishing cats and servals to be put on show in open areas.
• Hot wires were designed to look like twigs to keep animals away from the boundaries of their enclosures.
• Cultural performances are a regular feature at the safari.
• These include tribal dances, blowpipe demonstrations and fire eating displays.
• Creatures of the Night Show are a performance presented by the animals in the Night Safari.
• There are a number of food and beverage outlets in the Night Safari.
• These include Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant, Bongo Burgers, and Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop.
• Visitors can also experience dining on the move with the Cocktail Safari Express and Gourmet Safari Express.

Awards won by Night Safari

• Singapore Tourism Awards
• Top 10 Best Family Experience (2006)
• Best Leisure Attraction Experience (2003, 2004, 2006)
• Leisure Attraction of the Year (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000)
• Best Trail Marshall of the Year, Mohammed Munzir Aziz. (2008)
• Best Trail Marshall of the Year, Mohammad Ridhwan Shahril. (2009)
• Best Ground crew of the Year, Vijayeswaran Visvalingam. (2009)
• X Troopers Award of the Year (2010)

Opening Hours

• 7.30pm to 12pm daily.
• Restaurants and retail shops open from 6:00pm daily.
• The first Creatures of the Night Show starts at 730pm
• Last admission is at 11.00pm.
Admission fee
Admission + Tram : Adult S$32.00 ; Child (3 to 12 years old) S$21.00*
All prices include 7% GST
Prices quoted are subject to change.

Admission for child below 3 years old is free. School groups are to pre-register with the Education department.

Park Hopper Special

3-in-1 – Jurong Bird Park + Night Safari + Singapore Zoo Adult – S$58.00 ; Child – S$38.00
2-in-1 – Jurong Bird Park + Night Safari Adult – S$42.00 ; Child – S$28.00
2-in-1 – Night Safari + Singapore Zoo Adult – S$42.00 ; Child – S$28.00

• Ticket price only includes admission to the respective park.
• Ticket price includes Night Safari Tram Ride.
• Tickets can be purchased online and at all three parks.
• Tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.
• Visits to the three parks need not be in one day.

Parking Charges for Night Safari

Car/Saloon S$4.00 (10 minutes grace period)
Lorry/Van S$5.00 (10 minutes grace period)
• Parking charges are on a per entry basis. No grace period is given.
• Drop off/pick up point is located next to the public bus stop and can be accessed without entering the car park.
• Car park is based on an electronic parking system. Please insert a cash card with sufficient value into the vehicle’s in-vehicle unit (IU) before exiting.
• Top-up machine is located at the main entrance (next to Cheers outlet).

Shows and Attractions of Night Safari

• Creatures of the Night Show
• Himalayan Foothills
• Nepalese River Valley
• Indian Subcontinent
• Equatorial Africa
• Indo-Malayan Region
• Asian Reverine Forest
• Burmese Hillside
• Walking Trails

Events of Singapore

– Singapore Food Festival
– Singapore Grand Prix
– Singapore Arts Festival
– Chingay Parade
– World Gourmet Summit
– ZoukOut
– Singapore Sun Festival
– Christmas
– Singapore Jewel Festival

Singapore has four official languages
– English
– Chinese
– Malay
– Tamil

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Night Safari?

1. By Bus
• From the city, take service 171.
• Alight at the first bus stop along Mandai Road and transfer to service 927 or 926.
• Note: Service 926 operates only on Sundays and Public Holidays.
• 3 bus services (services 138, 926, 927) stop outside busstop B01 of Mandai Lake Road, a bus stop the Night Safari shares with the Singapore Zoo.
• An additional service service 171 stops outside Mandai Road.
• People, who want to take this service to the zoo, must alight at Mandai Road and walk down to Mandai Lake Road.
• Do take note of the last bus for each bus service.

2. By Car/Taxi
• From the City, take the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) towards Jurong.
• Look out for and turn off at Exit 7 of the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE).
• Follow the prominent brown signs to the Night Safari.
• On a regular day, the journey will take approximately 30 minutes.

3. By Mass Rapid Transit
• Here are the various options available by MRT:
• From Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16), take bus service 138.
• From Choa Chu Kang MRT (BP1/NS4), take bus service 927.
• From Woodlands station (NS9) or Marsiling station (NS8), take bus service 926 (operates only on Sundays and Public Holidays).
• Bus trips take approximately 30-40 minutes.

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore-Night Safari

Blogs at travel-singapore-with-me.com
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs at nightsafarisingapore.com
Blogs and reviews at nightsafari.com.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Night Safari

Images at google.com
Images at tripadvisor.com
Images at nightsafari.com.sg
Images at images of streetdirectory.com

Videos of Singapore – Night Safari







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