Singapore’s River Safari is a unique river-themed wildlife park, and nothing like it exists anywhere else in Asia.
At this 12-hectares wildlife reserve, you get to explore the ecosystem of eight of the largest rivers in the World – Mississippi, Congo, Amazon, Nile, Ganges, Mary, Mekong and the Yangtze River.
Besides these river trails, you also get to experience the Amazon River Quest and the Reservoir cruise – the two times you will get on a boat.
How to get to Singapore River Safari
The best way to reach the River Safari in Singapore is by public transport.
River Safari’s location
Many tourists get confused between the Singapore Zoo, Singapore Night Safari, and Singapore River Safari.
These are three different attractions close to each other. In fact, within a few minutes walking distance of each other.
River Safari’s entrance is adjacent to Singapore Zoo’s entry gate.
Address: 80, Mandai Lake Road, Singapore, 729826.
To River Safari by MRT
If you plan to use MRT, you are in luck because five MRT stations of North South Line are around the Singapore River Safari Park.
You can get down at any of these stations and catch a bus to reach the River Safari.
From Khatib MRT, you can get onto the Mandai Khatib Shuttle to reach River Safari.
Bus to Singapore River Safari
If the MRT doesn’t cover your travel, the next best option is to take a bus.
If you are traveling from places such as Bedok, Sengkang or Tampines, we recommend Mandai Express Bus service.
The Mandai Express operates on all days of the week, including public holidays.
The adult ticket costs S$ 3 while kids between 3 to 12 years of age pay only S$ 1.
Driving to Singapore River Safari
If you are in the city center, a 30-minutes drive can get you to Singapore River Safari.
You can either take the Central Expressway (CTE) or Pan Island Expressway (PIE). Get Directions
Taxis also follow the same route and will cost you approximately S$ 22.
Singapore River Safari parking
The River Safari shares its parking slot with the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari.
There are two parking areas – one is a covered car park while the second is an open-air parking space and there are enough slots.
The parking charges at Singapore River Safari work out cheaper if you are carrying a cash card.
First 10 minutes: Free
Next 1 hour: S$ 3/hour
Every additional hour: S$ 2/hour
River Safari opening hours
Singapore’s River Safari opens at 10 am and closes at 7 pm, every day or the year.
The last entry to the River Safari is at 6.30 pm.
Some of the exhibits at Singapore River Safari operate at different opening and closing hours –
Touch Pool’s timings
On weekends and public holidays, River Safari Touch Pools open at 10 am and close at 6.30 pm.
On weekdays, the animals at the Touch Pools are given a short break during the day.
The weekday timings of the Touch Pools is 10 am to 1 pm and 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
Amazon River Quest hours
River Safari’s Amazon River Quest is a 10-minute boat ride which starts at 11 am and goes on till 6 pm, daily.
The last ride of the day is at 6 pm.
Giant Panda Forest’s timings
River Safari’s Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia start welcoming visitors at 10 am, daily.
The climate-controlled forest remains open till 6.15 pm.
Squirrel Monkey Forest’s hours
The Squirrel Monkey Forest opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm, daily.
Reservoir Cruise’s operating hours
The Reservoir Cruise starts at 10.30 am, half an hour after the River Safari opens for the day.
The 15-minute long cruises continue all through the day, till 6 pm, when the last cruise sets sail.
Duration of River Safari Singapore
At 12 hectares, the Singapore River Safari is a moderately sized attraction.
Eighty-five percent of the River Safari (freshwater aquariums, walk-through exhibits, etc.) must be explored on foot and rest on the Amazon River Quest boat ride.
If you visit with kids, spend time at each exhibit, see the animal show, dine, etc., you will need at least three hours to explore Singapore River Safari.
If you are a bunch of adults in a hurry, you can learn about the fascinating flora and fauna at the Singapore River Safari, in two hours.
Singapore River Safari tickets
Singapore River Safari tickets are smartphone tickets, that is, as soon as you purchase they get emailed to you.
On the day of your visit, you can show the voucher in your email and enter the River Safari.
If you want, you can take a print out too.
River Safari tickets inclusions
Besides admission to the Singapore River Safari, this ticket also gets you access to Amazon River Quest boat ride and the River Cruise.
This ticket is an Open Dated River Safari ticket, which means you can visit the tourist attraction anytime in the next 90 days.
Singapore River Safari ticket price
Adult ticket (13+ years): S$ 36
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): S$ 25
Things to do at Singapore River Safari
Since the River Safari in Singapore is a unique concept, many visitors don’t know what to expect.
Here is a list of things you get to do, see and explore at the River Safari
1. Rivers of the World
At this Singapore River Safari exhibit, animals and plants of some of the most significant rivers of the World are on display.
Two to three massive glass tanks are used to create the ecosystem of each of these large rivers – Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Mary, Mekong, Yangtze, etc. and visitors walk through them as in an aquarium.
However, as in an aquarium, these glass tanks aren’t indoors.
To ensure sunlight is abundant – to mimic the inhabitants’ natural habitat – these glass tanks are outdoors.
2. Squirrel Monkey Forest
This exhibit is a kid favorite.
At the Squirrel Monkey Forest, you get to see cute, adorable monkeys native to Central and South America.
Even though it is a dense forest, you don’t have to worry about spotting them because the Squirrel Monkeys are very curious.
They are also known to hold hands and sit on the heads of some of the visitors.
Since the monkeys are small and weigh only about a Kilogram (2.2 Pounds), even kids don’t mind all the attention.
3. Amazon Flooded Forest
During the rainy season, the banks of river Amazon submerge in more than 10 meters (33 feet) of water.
During such times, animals such as Manatees, Arapaimas, etc. stuff themselves with whatever they can eat.
This hurried eating helps them build fat reserves, which helps them tide over the dry season.
At Singapore River Safari this scenario is re-created at the Amazon Flooded Forest.
Don’t miss the giant river otters called Carlos and Carmen.
4. Giant Panda Forest
This Forest is South East Asia’s largest Panda enclosure, where both temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure the animal’s comfort.
The two Giant Pandas who live here are called Kai Kai and Jia Jia.
They also have a unique outdoor area, in case they want to experience Singapore’s tropical climate.
Giant Panda Forest is also home to one Red Panda.
5. Once Upon A River show
Once Upon A River is a brand-new interactive presentation where you learn about various animal species living in and around the Rivers.
It is suitable for both kids and adults alike and has numerous exciting characters such as –
- Luke and Chewie, the Pelicans
- Justin and Selina, the Beavers
- Peanut, Moe and Jelly, the Capybaras
- Perry, the Brahminy kite
- Sam, the Oriental Pied Hornbill
For the kids, this River Safari show is a fantastic opportunity to feed and touch the Capybaras, Beaver, Iguana, Pelican, and the other animals mentioned above.
Since the shows are in high demand and the seats are limited, reach the Boat Plaza 15 minutes before the scheduled show.
It is also known as the River Safari show.
Where: Boat Plaza
Duration: 20 minutes
Entry: Included in the admission ticket
Timing: 11.30, 2.30 pm*, 4.30 pm
*The mid-day show is only on weekends and public holidays
6. Amazon River Quest
Amazon River Quest is Singapore River Safari’s attempt to re-create the experience of a boat expedition on the Amazon River.
During this ten-minute ride, your boat floats through the Amazon-like jungle, and you can spot animals such as Jaguar, Brazilian Tapir, Capybara, etc.
These boat rides start at 11 am and go on till 6 pm.
This boat ride is a paid activity, and when you buy your River Safari tickets online from Klook, the Amazon River Quest comes included.
If you don’t buy your River Safari tickets online, this boat ride will cost you extra at the venue – S $5 per adult and $3 per child (3 to 12 years).
Last minute Amazon River Quest tickets can be bought from River Safari’s Boat Plaza.
– The child must be at least 1.06 meters (3.5 feet) tall
– Expectant mothers, those with motion sickness, heart conditions, etc. can’t join the Amazon River Quest
– Due to safety reasons, visitors with mobility issues can’t board this boat
7. Reservoir Cruise
Unlike the Amazon River Quest, the Reservoir Cruise is a free activity.
The 15-minute River Safari Cruise on the scenic Upper Seletar Reservoir happens along Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari compound.
Each cruise can take up to 40 passengers, including visitors on wheelchairs.
And since there are no height or other restrictions, everybody in the family can enjoy the Reservoir Cruise together.
Duration: 15 minutes
Time: 10.30 am to 6 pm, daily
8. Touch Pools
The Touch Pools at River Safari are part of the Mary River Zone, which narrates the journey of a river as it empties itself into coastal mangrove forests before flowing into the ocean.
At these Touch Pools, visitors can dip their hands and feel aquatic creatures such as the sea star, horseshoe crab, and other exotic fish.
This River Safari exhibit is quite popular with kids.
Weekdays: 10 am to 1 pm, 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Weekends: 10 am to 6.30 pm
9. River Games for kids
These entertaining and yet educational games at Singapore River Safari teach the kids about animals and their environment.
These games are included with the admission ticket and can be played at the Giant Panda Courtyard.
Recycle like the Otter: This River Game aims to teach the kids about reduce, reuse, and recycle. They get to fish out recyclable materials using a fishing rod and put them in the correct recycling bin.
Pelican’s Throat: Kids try to find out how elastic the Pelican’s throat can be by throwing fish into it.
Animal Memory Test: Children must match 30 pairs of animals in 30 seconds and prove they have the kind of memory to survive in the animal world!
Match the Capybaras in weight: This is a weighing booth, where one can find out how many people’s weight equals that of one furry rodent.
Building a Dam: In this Game, one saves the Beavers from predators by helping them construct a dam using twigs.
River Safari map
We recommend you look at the River Safari Map and plan your itinerary before your visit.
To use this map while exploring the River Safari, bookmark this page.
You can take a print out as well, but we don’t recommend that (environmental issues, you see!).
Carrying the Singapore River Safari’s layout is even more necessary if you are traveling with kids.
With an exhaustive map you won’t waste your time looking for the numerous animal exhibits, and in the process get exhausted.
Besides the exhibits, this Singapore Safari’s map also points out visitor services such as food kiosks, Cool Zones, First Aid centers, etc.
Animals in Singapore River Safari
The River Safari in Singapore is home to 6000 animals across 200 species and 400+ plant species.
More than 20% of the animal species present at the River Safari are believed to be on their way to extinction.
These River Safari animals occupy over 11 Zones.
- Wild Amazonia
- Yangtze River
- Amazon Flooded Forest
- Ganges River
- Mississippi River
- Giant Panda Forest
- River Wonders
- Congo River
- Mary River
- Mekong River
- Nile River
Some of the River Safari animals are more popular than others. We list them below –
Alligator Snapping Turtle, Electric Eel, Giant Freshwater Stingray, Giant Panda, Giant River Otter, Green Anaconda, Indian Gharial, Manatee, Mekong Giant Catfish, Red Panda, Red-bellied Piranhas, Squirrel Monkeys, etc.
Food at River Safari, Singapore
Singapore River Safari has two dining options –
Mama Panda Kitchen
Mama Panda Kitchen is in the Giant Panda Forest and is open from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm, daily.
It offers Chinese cuisine, and some of its signature dishes are Panda Pau, Wok Rice, Noodles, etc.
If you are traveling with kids, it’s a perfect stopover because they also offer kids meal.
For S$ 18 you can order a Set Meal including the main course, desserts, and a drink.
Starbucks is at the Entrance Plaza and offers excellent coffee and tea and premium pastries and other treats.
It is open from 8 am to 7 pm.
For more dining options, check out the numerous restaurants at the main entrance of Singapore Zoo, which is a few minutes away by walk.
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