Night Safari Singapore
Night Safari Singapore

Night Safari Singapore

The Night Safari is the worlds first nocturnal zoo and a popular Singapore attraction. Officially opened in 1994 it’s home to over 120 different species of animal. The zoo is visited by more than 1.1 million guests each year.

Night Safari Vehicle

Night Safari Vehicle

The Night Safari had been on our itinerary early this year when we visited Singapore but unfortunately we ran out of time.  This trip we weren’t going to miss it! We had been looking forward to taking the children, and they were looking forward to seeing the Madagascan animals in particular.

There are loads of ways to get to the zoo, and at first glance the options seemed a little daunting! Eventually we decided on a taxi. Taxi’s are so cheap in Singapore, it actually turned out we had chosen the simplest, quickest, and at $25 each way the most economical way for a family of four to get to the zoo.

We also decided against pre booking tickets and simply purchased them at the park gate. At the time of publishing prices were, adults $35 and children $25.

Night Safari Tram

Night Safari Tram

Once inside there were merchandise stores and food options. We made our way to the the tram station. The trams circle the park, with one arriving every 10 minutes to take guests on a guided tour. Anais was more than a little nervous about the open state of the vehicle as she knew we would be passing by the tiger and bear habitats.

We set off with our tour guide warning against the use of flash photography. The commentary along the way was entertaining, and informative. The park has a very strong conservation message which was delivered in a meaningful manner.

Zebra's Feeding at Night Safari Singapore

Zebra’s Feeding at Night Safari Singapore

As we moved through the park we were pleased to see animals out all along the track. There were very few visible enclosures which created the illusion that you could simply get out of the tram and touch the animals. The naturalistic enclosures are designed to look like the animals’ native habitat. The animals are separated from visitors and other exhibits by natural barriers such as cattle grids, moats or steeply graded river banks. In the image above the hoofed animals such as the zebra and giraffe and are kept in the enclosure with the use of concealed cattle grids.

Sloth Bear Enclosure

Sloth Bear Enclosure

Along the path the feeding areas feature subdued lighting, which is made to look like moonlight. This made spotting the animals a lot easier, although it was almost impossible to take photographs in the low light. Being that we were on moving vehicle my shutter speed was simply too slow to capture very many images without significant blurring.

Halfway through the park there is another tram station. Guests can alight and takes one of the four walking trails. We chose to do the full loop and then start the walking trails from the park entrance.

Naracoorte Snake & Reptile Cave

Naracoorte Snake & Reptile Cave

The first walking track was the Wallaby trail. Although it sounds harmless enough it passes by the snake caves and the tiger walk. Locky was keen to explore on foot and he was making a beeline for the pythons and snakes. Anais, on the other hand, was making a list of animals she didn’t want to wander across in the dark. My poor sweetheart was worried about walking into one if the lions or the bears we had seen from the tram.

Admittedly, as we were walking along in the near dark, my mind wandered to scenes from the movie Jurassic Park. The Night Safari did have a Jurassic Park feel about it but I decided it was best to keep that musing to myself!

Tiger Night Safari

Tiger Night Safari

So, like brave safari hunters we wandered along the paths seeing the animals at close range. We had timed our stroll perfectly as we stumbled across the tiger enclosure just as a chicken carcass was dropped in the lit feeding area. Looking like an over sized pussy cat, we watched as it delicately devoured the bird. I don’t know whether the stronger emotion for Anais was horror, fear or intrigue. Regardless, she was captivated.

Creatures of the Night Show

Creatures of the Night Show

9.30 was time for the creatures of the night show held in the outdoor amphitheatre. The show featured animals from the park performing with the zoo handlers. It was humorous and entertaining, the children found it really amusing and a highlight of the evening. Again the commentary was highly educational with a strong conservation message.

My children are not quite as nocturnal as the animals on the night safari. We arrived at 7.30 and by 10.30pm the children were falling asleep on their feet. I was very pleased not to be queuing for a bus. We jumped in a cab and had them tucked into bed in record time!

Night Creatures Show at the Night Safari Singapore

Night Creatures Show at the Night Safari Singapore

A great night was had by all!


Please remember that Singapore is a hot spot for Dengue Fever, for comfort and safety use an insect repellant. The Night Safari is situated in a jungle environment with stagnant water and a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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  1. I really wanted to go to this when I went to singapore last year for the quickest stop over, ever but there was just no time. It all looks so amazing.

  2. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this night safari. I haven’t yet got my butt to Singapore but when I do, I’ll be sure to visit the safari. It looks like your had a great time there xx

  3. We went to this so long ago haha but you bring memories flooding back 😀
    Such a fun night!


  4. I so wanted to visit the zoo when I was in Singapore but I did not have the time!

  5. What great timing with the tiger! It’s always so fascinating watching them feed. I remember watching rapt as I watched a cheetah and her family eat an nyala!

  6. As soon as I read “the trams circle the park” I immediately thought Jurassic Park too! What a great adventure for adults and kids alike, and it sounds like you guys had a great time. Will have to make time for this next time I’ve got a stopover in Singapore!

  7. Wow, what fun! I would have loved to have gone on this night safari with my children when they were younger…such an adventure.

  8. That’s a great tip at the end of the post! I’ll check it out the next time I’m in Singapore. 😀

  9. Such a seriously cool concept, I love this!!

  10. What an amazing experience! I would love to do something like this one day 🙂

  11. What an awesome place. My friends recently went there and had nothing but good things to say. It’s definitely on my list of places to go..

  12. “Lions, tigers and bears – oh, my” what fun! Great note about bringing insect repellant…and thank you for bringing me back to reality. I was feeling wildly jealous 🙂 Still, I think the Night Safari in Singapore should go on a bucket list. How great that you truly get to see so many animals up close. Wonderful post, Julie!

  13. Omg so jealous you got to see a Tiger so close up!!! Last time I went it was so dark we didn’t see any animals and even when we spotted them it was just their eyes looking up at us hahaha will need to go revisit again one of these days!

  14. Wow what a fantastic nocturnal adventure! And tigers always create a sense of awe don’t they!

  15. What a fun adventure! I would love to have one too when the boys are a little older. You’ve managed great photos for a night safari!

  16. My kids will love this adventure. 🙂 I didn’t think Singapore is also dangerous for Dengue Fever. My brother (who’s in Koh Tao, Thailand) had it twice! I got heart attack twice by hearing it “afterwards”… Good that you mentioned. 🙂

  17. Great story, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. Have a look at the SAEx® Guide to Singapore Attractions. Perhaps your readers may be persuaded to spend more time here and discover the various gems to be found in Singapore.

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