I have been to the River Safari few years back when the panda celebrity Jia Jia and Kai Kai first came to Singapore. I went back to revisit them again last month, just to check how they are doing.
River Safari is a river themed zoo and aquarium built over 12 hectares beside Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. You can also do three park in day.
There are few themes in River Safari which including the River Nile, Yangtze River, Mississippi, Amazon and Tundra showcasing 5000 animals of 300 species. Do look for the endangered species such as electric eels, anaconda, Mekong giant catfish and other land animals such as red panda, panda, squirrel monkeys and Chinese alligators.
Big Aquarium with all the endangers fishes
Giant Puffer Fish
Jewel Cichlid – native to Africa, very bright in colour and pretty just like it’s name.
Afican Piranhas – go near and check out their scary sharp teeth, poking out and ready for powerful bites.
Walk through each major rivers around the world and there are information boards telling you all the facts and wildlife stories.
Mekong Giant Catfish
Panda Forest is the highlight of River Safari. You will enter an air-conditional room which follow pandas’ natural habitat in Sichuan, China.
Red Panda is super cute and the size is smaller as compare to giant panda. The red panda size is like the size of a racoon and good in climbing trees, also endangered species. Another name for red panda is “firefox”.
Mama Panda Kitchen
Once you exit the Panda Forest, there is a restaurant serving all the buns which looks like panda at Mama Panda Kitchen. It is always long queue during lunch time.
The reservoir cruise is free, hop into this 40 pax cruise and enjoy the ride. You may see giraffes in Singapore Zoo when the cruise goes near Singapore Zoo. The cruise will take your around the perimeter of the River Safari, explaining the various species of wildlife but do note the queue can be very long on the weekends.
Amazon River Quest
There is another boat ride, smaller version but you have to pay for it, adult cost SGD $ 5 and child at $3. Amazon River Quest Ride will bring you to see animals, such as flamingos, Capybara and monkeys in the wild.
The ride is about 10 mins and do book the ticket online or at the ticketing counter upon entry as tickets are selling fast.
River talk & Animal Encounters
The 20 mins educational show start at 11 am at Amazon Square. There are some interactive with the animals if you volunteer to go up.
Singapore River Safari is Asia’s first and only River-Themed Wildlife Park. You will certainly enjoy the highlight of this park that is the 2 Panda Jia Jia and Kai Kai, plus the red panda. Do come early to avoid the crowd. Get your ticket online via Klook to avoid queue and enjoy discounted price.
Try the two boat rides, Reservoir Cruise & Amazon River Quest ride and don’t forget to eat the panda red bean bun at Mama Panda Kitchen.
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